It feels like there’s not enough oxygen in the air

Among the American Lung Association’s list of most polluted cities in the country, multiple cities in California’s Central Valley appear; Merced County children are diagnosed with asthma at more than twice the statewide average. Asher Pan has suffered from asthma since early childhood, and moving to Merced — where geography, pollution, and a spate of wildfires combine to create poor air quality — has […]

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Students breathe easier at Ramona Gardens school

A new indoor air filtration system was installed in Murchison Elementary School over the summer to reduce the levels of outdoor pollutants inside classrooms. Students are regularly exposed to contaminants from a nearby freeway, an industrial zone and a rail line, all high-impact pollution sources. A 2012 Boyle Heights Beat story reported that children living in the zip code that includes Ramona […]

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Women unite for reproductive and environmental health

A community group-support workshop called Ambiente de Mujer, translated to Women’s Environment, offered an opportunity to raise awareness, camaraderie, and self-care for Long Beach women.  Sessions explored the intersections of environmental and reproductive health. Rates of childhood asthma are particularly high in Long Beach; so are teen pregnancy rates. “To be open minded to something like sexuality– that is something we are not […]

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Boyle Heights residents cope with air pollution [audio slideshow]

Surrounded by five freeways, residents of Boyle Heights are exposed to polluted air putting them at risk for long-term negative health effects; including higher rates of asthma hospitalizations and cancer. The elderly and young children are especially at risk.  Youth reporters produced an audio slide show that asks the community about the problems they face and the need […]

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Project West Long Beach

A local movement is growing in West Long Beach, a community surrounded by freeways, rail yards, ports and other industries affecting the community for decades. Voicing concerns about the impacts of the ports after the departure of navy bases, residents are working together to improve environmental quality of life West Long Beach. Voicewaves partnered with Journalism […]

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Fight against pollution-heavy projects at the Long Beach port goes on

Long Beach community members are continuing the fight against a controversial $500 million dollar container loading yard proposed for the harbor area just west of Long Beach.  Concerned residents say the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) should be moved to the port instead. The SCIG will use fossil-fuel engines, and stands adjacent to a community already heavily affected by […]

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Imagining a park at Piggyback

Environmentalists and urban planners have an ambitious plan to transform a rail yard into a ribbon of green connecting Boyle Heights to downtown L.A.  A park  with cutting edge design is an exciting prospect for Boyle Heights residents, a population of almost 90,000 with fewer than 10 parks.  The Union Pacific train company says they have no […]

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