June 12, 2012 |
The world's most prestigious cancer research group on Tuesday classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans and concluded that exposure is associated with increased risk of lung cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer - part of the World Health Organization - made the announcement at a meeting in France, finding, in part, “that diesel exhaust is a cause of lung cancer, and also noted a positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
October 12, 2009 |
It's easy to see how air pollution would affect respiratory disease: You breathe in smog-filled miasma all day and the ozone, other noxious gases and small particulate matter therein can make you wheeze and cough. Pollutants can trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis in susceptible individuals. But it's harder at first blush to understand links to other conditions. In two studies reported last week, bad air was associated with higher rates of appendicitis and ear infections. The new reports have been met with surprise because neither health problem seems obviously linked with the airway or bloodstream.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2008 |
Two decades ago, Rosa Vielmas, young and hopeful, moved to Riverside County for cleaner air. Goodbye to smoggy East Los Angeles. Hello to Mira Loma, an unincorporated speck of a village, and a one-story stucco bungalow with a yard. "We could see the stars," she recalled. But that was before Mira Loma became one of Southern California's "diesel death zones," as activists call the truck-choked freeways and distribution hubs that fan out from the massive ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
July 6, 2007
IF YOU'RE ANYWHERE NEAR a construction site, try not to breathe. The 112,000 tractors, excavators, backhoes and other construction machines in California are the state's second-largest source of diesel pollution, killing an estimated 1,100 people a year and sickening many thousands more. It's a big problem, and requires an ambitious solution.
April 18, 2007
Re "2 ports aim to slash diesel exhaust," April 14 My family and I were happy to read about the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports working together to propose an unprecedented plan to cut diesel truck emissions at the port complex. It's about time. We all know how dangerous diesel emissions are, and the port complex is the largest fixed source of these emissions in California. It angers me when industry and business groups use the same old fear tactics of "the additional fees will drive up prices for the consumer" or "businesses will move elsewhere."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2007 |
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation's busiest seaport complex, are proposing an "unprecedented" overhaul of dockside trucking that officials say would slash diesel pollution from trucks by 80% in five years while improving domestic security and working conditions for drivers.