Amazon and Target: imports by sea strongly affect pollution
A recent report highlights the role played by Amazon and Targeta reference company in the American retail market, currently port pollution crisis along the west coast of the United States. Amazon and Target, in fact, are among the main importers of the United States and exploit, in a particularly intense way, shipments between China and California by sea. The result of the exploitation of this route is a considerable traffic of cargo ships which has a direct effect on pollution.
Amazon and Target accused: the import of goods by sea causes pollution on the coasts of California
According to report released todaythe areas of Los Angeles And Long Beachlandmarks of the Californian coast, are among those with the worst air quality in the US. The impact of shopping and product imports from China to the US on pollution is enormous. Amazon and Target were cited by the report as most of their freight passes through these ports.
The intensive exploitation of maritime routes is at the center of the question
According to Pacific Environment and Stand.earth, Amazon and Target must be held “directly responsible” for the damage done to the environment and local communities as a result the intensive use of sea routes. The report released today highlights the impact of imports on pollution.
Considering exclusively the emissions of the ships of the four main importers in the USA (Amazon, Target, Walmart and Ikea), a total of 20 million tons of CO2 is recorded, a value equivalent to that recorded by maritime navigation alone between 2018 and 2020 .
It should be noted that 21% of the pollution linked to imports by sea is concentrated along the routes between China and Southern California or the State of Washington. In addition, Long Beach and Los Angeles receive approximately 40% of shipping containers arriving in the US.