Ryan ZumMallen is a writer and journalist in Long Beach, CA. His automotive journalism has appeared in Car And Driver, Road & Track, The Verge, AutoBytel and elsewhere. News and sportswriting has appeared in SLAM Magazine, The Cauldron, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Long Beach Grunion and Long Beach Post.
He graduated from CSULB with a degree in Print Journalism in 2008 and is a member of the 2009 class of Leadership Long Beach. You can find him on various basketball courts around Long Beach.
<p>Some officials call for a committment to zero emissions as railard facilities sitting next to homes and schools plan to double in size.</p>
<p>In my <a href="http://www.reportingonhealth.org/blogs/clearing-air-air-pollution-issue… few blogs</a>, I've explained some of the environmental issues facing the city of Long Beach both today and in the long-term. The main point of concern is often pollution caused by operations at the Port of Long Beach. But another concern, perhaps just as dangerous to the community in terms of air pollution, are the nearby railyard facilities where cargo trains move in and out, all day and every day.</p>
<p>The California Health Journalism Fellowship is officially underway after our first meeting tonight, here in downtown Los Angeles. Keynote speaker and social epidemiologist Carolyn Cannuscio presented her jaw-droppingly thorough report on health in needy Philadelphia communities, and I wanted to share a few thoughts before calling it a night.</p>
<p>With my <a href="http://www.reportingonhealth.org/blogs/clearing-air-air-pollution-issue… entry</a> in this blog, I described some of the potential environmental effects that could be caused by massive expansions at the Port of Long Beach and nearby facilities. With our Reporting On Health Fellowship beginning this weekend, I thought I would post another quick update with a few details.</p>
<p>Sadly, in the city of Long Beach and the surrounding South Bay region, the topic of air pollution is nothing new.</p><p>Asthma and lung disease rates are among the highest in the nation. It is simply an unavoidable consequence of living nearby the massive twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.</p>