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Climate change is impacting the Panama Canal — and the trade that moves through it

Sep 5, 2022
Officials are searching for a way to increase the flow of water without disrupting the environment and Panamanian society.
Freighters enter the Panama Canal on the Atlantic side. As droughts and storms become more common, the canal needs to find fresh sources of water and new ways to store it. 
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The Port of Los Angeles gives a lesson in mega ships

Aug 24, 2016
East Coast ports can learn a lot from Los Angeles about handling giant ships.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship to ever call at a North America port, is docked at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California.
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The canal has made Panama rich, but inequality persists

With over a quarter of its citizens in poverty, Panama has one of the worst income distributions in Latin America.
The view of downtown Panama City from Boca la Caja, a former fishing village.
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Have we reached peak trade?

If trade growth stalls, what does that mean for the American worker?
The Port of Balboa, viewed from the Diablo neighborhood, located in the former Panama Canal Zone.
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What happens when shipping lines build for growth that never comes

The shipping industry is seeing prices collapse as slowing global trade growth drags down demand.
A container ship exits the Panama Canal toward the Pacific Ocean, with the Balboa Yacht Club in the fore.
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Panama Canal expands as trade falls flat

A new, wider channel will allow bigger ships to pass through. But how many will come?
AAL's Kobe ship squeezes through the current Panama Canal locks.
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Panama Canal prepares for bigger vessels

Dec 30, 2015
The changes will allow for ships that can carry up to three times the cargo.

For public good, not for profit.

Nicaragua's much-touted canal meets with opposition

Dec 24, 2014
Nicaragua's been talking about building a canal for 200 years. Considerable skepticism has greeted the project.
 A banner that reads "no to the canal" is carried this week during a protest against a new canal opening in Nicaragua. 
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Port wars heat up as East Coast raises the bar

Sep 16, 2013
East Coast ports are upgrading their infrastructure to accommodate increased freight expected after the 2015 expansion of the Panama Canal. West Coast ports have to ship up in order to compete.

The next Panama Canal could be on its way

Aug 1, 2012
The government of Nicaragua is paying two Dutch companies about $750,000 to study the feasability of building a canal -- a canal that would rival the Panama Canal and create another link from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea.