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Environment
5:28 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Slower ships could help save whales and improve South Coast air quality

A humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.
Credit Flickr member Anita Ritenour

A pilot program in underway in the Santa Barbara Channel aimed at reducing air pollution and saving migrating whales. The plan calls for large container ships passing through the area to significantly slow down. 

Only a small fraction of the annual shipping traffic through the channel—some 2,500 ships—will be affected by this program initially, but organizers are hoping it will still make a measurable difference.

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