From planes to vans, Amazon is rapidly expanding into shipping

FRI, FEB 15 20198:00 AM EST
Katie Schoolov

Amazon aims to compete with FedEx and UPS in the logistics and shipping industry. That’s what analysts told CNBC after Amazon Air recently expanded to 50 planes and announced it will open a $1.5 billion air hub in Northern Kentucky in 2021. Amazon is handling up to 26% of its own shipping, meaning FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service are losing a portion of Amazon’s business. FedEx says it’s not worried, but Morgan Stanley reports the major shippers have already lost 2% revenue to Amazon Air. Read Full Article here. .

Communities Surrounding Logan Airport Exposed To Harmful Air Pollution, Research Finds

By Craig LeMoult September 24, 2019

A Southwest Airlines flight takes off from Boston Logan International Airport as seen from Winthrop, MA on March 13, 2019.
John Tlumacki / Boston Globe via Getty Images

(wgbh.org September 24, 2019)

This is the third story in a three-part series on transportation-related air pollution in the Boston area. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Research from several Boston-area universities shows a kind of air pollution that can lead to heart attacks and strokes is contaminating homes and schools near highways, especially in low-income areas. But it’s not just vehicles on the road that are contaminating local communities with this kind of pollution. Read Full Article here

Carbon storage in US wetlands

Nature Communications volume 7, Article number: 13835 (2016) 

(nature.com December 13, 2016)

Abstract

Wetland soils contain some of the highest stores of soil carbon in the biosphere. However, there is little understanding of the quantity and distribution of carbon stored in our remaining wetlands or of the potential effects of human disturbance on these stocks. Here we use field data from the 2011 National Wetland Condition Assessment to provide unbiased estimates of soil carbon stocks for wetlands at regional and national scales. We find that wetlands in the conterminous United States store a total of 11.52 PgC, much of which is within soils deeper than 30 cm. Freshwater inland wetlands, in part due to their substantial areal extent, hold nearly ten-fold more carbon than tidal saltwater sites—indicating their importance in regional carbon storage. Our data suggest a possible relationship between carbon stocks and anthropogenic disturbance. These data highlight the need to protect wetlands to mitigate the risk of avoidable contributions to climate change.Read Full Article here.

Impacts of Aviation: Water Pollution

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(prezi.com, November 25, 2014)

Why Planes are not Innocent

Bad Effects caused by GUILTY Airplanes

De-Icing definition

What does this do to living things?

De-icing is defined as removal of snow, ice or frost from a surface (in our instance, plane wings). Anti-icing is understood to be the application of chemicals that not only de-ice, but also remain on a surface and continue to delay the reformation of ice for a certain period of time, or prevent adhesion of ice to make mechanical removal easier. Read Full Article here

East Haven ‘in the black’ after selling land to Tweed (videos)

Michael Bellmore, Special to the Register. July 14, 2011

From left, Tweed-New Haven Airport Commission member Peter Leonardi, left, and Town Finance Director Tom Thompson, right, applaud East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon after she announced the sale of land to Tweed New Haven Regional Airport for $1.5 million. Brad Horrigan/Register

( nhregister.com July 14, 2011) EAST HAVEN — Mayor April Capone announced Thursday that the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority cut East Haven a $1.5 million check in exchange for 8.9 acres of marshland. Read Full Article here.

Plane Pollution

David Holzman December 1997, Environmental Health Perspectives

In regulating aircraft and airports, several
compelling interests compete: safety, international commerce, and environmental
quality. Of these, safety issues receive perhaps most of the attention, garnering large
headlines in the wake of airplane accidents.
But the issue of the effect of airports on the
environment and human health has heated
up in recent years as public interest and
citizen groups contest airport expansion on
environmental and health grounds, and
the airline and airport industries attempt
to meet increasingly stringent regulations
in these areas. Read Full Article here