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Plastic trash on Berawa Beach, Bali, Indonesia.
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Exxon Doubles Down on 'Advanced Recycling' Claims That Yield Few Results

The petroleum company is under investigation for misleading the public while exacerbating the global plastic pollution crisis.
 Diesel trucks passing through Van Buren Boulevard and Etiwanda Avenue in Mira Loma.
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Earth Focus

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.
Old Santa Ana City Hall
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Earth Focus

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.
2 electric vehicles sit in a parking lot while another charges next to them.
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Clean-Car Rules: California Unveils Proposed Measure to Ban New Gasoline-Fueled Cars

If enacted this summer, California’s mandate — the first in the world — would increase sales of electric or other zero-emission cars to 35% in 2026, and prohibit new gasoline or diesel cars by 2035.
A sea of warehouses extend across Redlands
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Earth Focus

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.
Wilmington Oil Fields Flag
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Experts — Once Again — Tell Senate Panel That California’s Key Climate Change Strategy Is Flawed

In a repeat of last year’s criticism, legislators were told there’s “a very real risk” the cap-and-trade program won’t meet California’s greenhouse gas goals. The state air board is revising the program.
An oil pump jack (L) operates as another (R) stands idle as the sun sets in the background.
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‘Just Transition’ Bill for Oil Industry Workers Exposes Labor Rift

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, a leading environmental lawmaker, has a bill to create a state fund to support and retrain oil industry workers as California strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and end fossil fuel production in the state. But the ‘just transition’ bill is pitting unions against unions.
Aerial of an inland port in Stockton, CA
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Has California’s Landmark Law Cleaned Communities’ Dirty Air?

California’s environmental justice law is supposed to clean the air for 15 hot spot communities, home to almost 4 million people. But after more than four years and one billion dollars, it’s still impossible to say whether it’s worked.
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