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The Supreme Court throws out a Trump-era ban on gun bump stocks; a look at how social media algorithms and Shakespearian villains have in common; and states receive federal funding to clean up legacy mine pollution.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

Clean-air activists to hold 'die-in' Friday at LA City Hall

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Thursday, April 25, 2024   

A coalition of climate groups seeking cleaner air at the rail yards and ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will hold a "die-in" rally tomorrow at Los Angeles City Hall.

Nine climate, environmental and community organizations are calling on Mayor Karen Bass to support new rules coming soon from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Cristhian Tapia-Delgado, Southern California climate campaigner for the nonprofit Pacific Environment, explained the urgency behind the protest.

"These rules have been delayed for almost a decade now for the port," Tapia-Delgado pointed out. "Our communities can't keep waiting. People shouldn't be dying just because their homes are in vicinity to these polluting sources."

The City of Long Beach's 2019 Community Health Assessment found communities near the port suffered increased rates of respiratory diseases and up to 8 years shorter life expectancy.

The South Coast district board is set to consider indirect-source rules to set facility-wide emission reduction goals for rail yards in August and for the ports in December. Cargo shipping companies relying on diesel fuel have balked at the expense of converting to new engines or cleaner fuels. The California Chamber of Commerce said the rules would result in caps on cargo volumes and hurt jobs.

Tapia-Delgado hopes Bass will use her influence to produce real change.

"We're asking her to stick to her campaign promises of working with all levels of government on her 2030 zero-emission port goals to reduce the negative health impacts," Tapia-Delgado stressed.

Advocates are also expected to speak out tomorrow during the public comment period of the Los Angeles City Council meeting.

Disclosure: Pacific Environment contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Energy Policy, and Oceans. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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