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Slow Violence of the Supply Chain: A History of Logistics in Mira Loma

From California’s citrus heyday in the 1800s to Cold War military expansion, the Inland Empire has been a center of shipping and distribution. Today’s warehouses boom, linked to ongoing environmental degradation and job insecurity, has its roots in the science of war and in long histories of land and labor exploitation.
Well cars carrying shipping containers line the rails of the BNSF intermodal facility in San Bernardino, California.
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Photographing Air Pollution in the Inland Empire: Noé Montes

Photographer Noé Montes was commissioned by the California Air Resources Board to travel through the Inland Empire and document the impacts of air pollution. In this personal photo essay, he shows how the goods movement industry is changing the landscape and affecting residents' quality of life.
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When Residential Neighborhoods Are Rezoned for Warehouses

In Bloomington, a controversial warehouse proposal seeks to rezone residential land for industrial use. While residents fight to protect their neighborhood, a recent legal settlement in Fontana allows a warehouse to go up right next door to a school.
Youth climate activists participate in Youth Climate Strike LA outside City Hall on March 25, 2022. Students protested at youth climate strikes across the country, calling for government action on climate change.
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Overwhelmed by Climate Change? Try Re-Framing Your Impact

When it comes to taking action on climate change, perception matters. We often see the problem is large and insurmountable, but the field of climate action can be as small as our own bodies. And small steps, coming from a place of joy, can be more powerful than we think.
 Diesel trucks passing through Van Buren Boulevard and Etiwanda Avenue in Mira Loma.
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Inland Empire Once Again Ranks As Worst in Nation for Air Quality

The American Lung Association (ALA) just released its annual State of the Air Report and San Bernardino and Riverside counties ranked first and second for the worst ozone pollution in the country. Despite challenges, a "glimmer of hope" remains for some residents.
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Can Environmental Justice Be Baked Into City Planning?

On Wednesday, the Santa Ana City Council approved a General Plan Update that addresses lead contamination and other land use issues that disproportionately affect marginalized communities. A law called SB1000 has been key in helping community advocates lobby city officials to incorporate environmental justice into land use planning in order to reduce health risks.
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As Lithium Drilling Advances at the Salton Sea, Researchers Work Out the Details

Companies progress towards commercial lithium drilling at the Salton Sea, while teams of researchers explore questions about effective extraction methods and environmental impacts.
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Can Banning New Warehouses Improve Air Quality in the Inland Empire?

Warehouse moratoriums have come up for vote at numerous city council meetings across the Inland Empire, the region with the worst air pollution in the country. Advocates argue for temporary pauses in development to analyze health impacts of facilities and implement regulations.
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