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To decrease fatal whale strikes and improve air quality, ships were asked to do one thing: slow down

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A Maersk ship travels through the Santa Barbara Channel as whales gather in the distance. Whales and ships share space in the strategic waters of the channel. They’re there for the food and ports.

The Santa Barbara Channel is one of the most vibrant, diverse ocean environments for marine animals. It also serves as an important trade route for ships heading to and from Southern California ports. This sharing of space has been fatal for whales and terrible for air quality. In this episode of The One Oh One, the story of how an environmental problem led to a single seemingly simple solution.

You can read the text version of this episode here.

Michelle Loxton joined KCLU in June 2021 as Podcast and Digital Content Producer.