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Friday, September 21, 2007

Forgive us Kermit, for we have sinned. truegreenconfessionsSometimes being responsible for the environmental impacts of our choices is like being on a diet. You splurge one night and have dessert, but then the next day you figure, hey, you've already fallen off the wagon. Might as well have that ice cream for breakfast.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Your environmental health news crib sheet.

mercury_in_tuna.jpgSomething smells.There's "a veritable cocktail of dangerous and potentially dangerous volatile organic compounds" in your air fresheners, and a group of environmental organizations want the government to do something about it.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

californiacondor.jpgI’m having a hard time with this post. The issue seems so obvious, so clearly-cut, that there can’t possibly be much left for me to say.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

drill_for_oil.jpgWell, it’s finally happened. The out-of-control explosion of oil and gas drilling in the Mountain West has started to claim other victims besides the environment. Politicians who were early supporters of the federal government’s plans to dramatically increase its search for domestic sources of energy may pay for it come the next election.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

smoking banA little light reading to get you through your Wednesday. Here’s something useful: Treehugger alerts us that sensors for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) might be on the way.

All Cristina at Moms Speak Up wants for Christmas is a lead testing kit.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

7 ways to reduce PBDE exposurePBDEs are everywhere, and there's some evidence connecting them to brain and developmental problems in animals, and possibly even cancer. Exposure to flame retardant chemicals is ubiquitous, but there are things you can do to keep the concentration of PBDEs in your body as low as possible. Here are some ideas pulled from the EWG research archives:

    Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    PBDE_flame_retardant_baby.gifI’m warning you now: read this post and you may find yourself humming a particular song for the rest of the day.

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    As Amanda said, I did go to amazing teach in, Confronting the Global Triple Crisis - Climate Change, Peak Oil, Global Resource Depletion & Extinction, held this weekend in DC. The teach in featured numerous activist and experts, including Vandana Shiva, Jerry Mander, Ross Gelbspan, Jeff Goodell, Richard Heinberg, Wes Jackson, Frances Moore Lappe and David Korten.

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    Your environmental health news crib sheet.

    algaeblooms.jpgWith increased industry has come increased nitrogen and phosphorus in Chinese waterways, and the result is rogue algae.

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    Elliott_bay_sludge.jpgI was never rewarded for doing chores when I was a child. I was a part of the household, my mother told me, and she wasn’t going to applaud or pay me just because I did my part to help out.

    Saturday, September 15, 2007

    There's a teach-in here in DC this weekend on the triple crisis of climate change, peak oil, and resource depletion. Jovana is planning on attending, so hopefully we'll get to hear all about it on Monday.

    Friday, September 14, 2007

    toothless tiger.jpgLook up “toothless tiger” in the dictionary, and you’ll see a picture of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    Thursday, September 13, 2007

    childmortalitydecline.jpgPBDE uptake patterns appear to be changing. In a study of families in Spain, the presence of specific chemicals mirrored that usually seen in electronics employees.

    Thursday, September 13, 2007

    malefemalesignsMore girls than boys are being born in certain Inuit villages in the Arctic, and scientists say man-made chemicals are to blame. Women were tested for the level of PCBs (pervasive hormone mimicking chemicals) in their bodies, and the results showed that women with extremely high levels of the chemicals were more likely to give birth to girls.

    Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    nofastfood.jpgIn South L.A., fast food is king. It's cheap and abundant, with 20 eateries inside of a quarter-mile stretch, and other options are few and far between. The area's residents live off the stuff, and as a result they're about 10% more obese than other L.A. residents. With movements across the country to "legislate health" by banning trans fats and making school lunches healthier, the South L.A.

    Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    greentea.jpgA little light reading to get you through your Wednesday.

    In response to a reader comment, Marc at Ethicurean boils the Food and Farm Bill down to a handful of easy to understand talking points. Now calling your senator will be a piece of cake! (Cake made with organic ingredients, of course.)

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007

    firefightermask.jpgIn the minutes following the attacks on the World Trade Center, the paramedics, firefighters and others who risked their lives to save others weren’t thinking about the chemical content of the dust they were inhaling with every breath. Six years later, many of them are battling illnesses because of that dust, and the media is starting to pay attention.

    Monday, September 10, 2007

    asthmainhalor.jpgAsthma goes back to school. In LA, 63,000 students battle breathing problems caused by air pollution and moldy buildings. Can they carry their inhalers at school? Nobody seems sure.

    Monday, September 10, 2007

    bodyburdenfactory.jpgYou don’t need me to tell you that poor folks are more likely to find themselves dealing with illnesses induced by environmental toxins (although clearly if you give me half a chance I will). Most toxic chemicals – the kind that spill out of industrial factories and result from mining operations, for example – discriminate against the poor, whose homes (for a variety of reasons) are often nearby to such operations.

    Saturday, September 8, 2007

    So EWG designed a little gadget, ages ago, that allows users to find out who's getting farm subsidies (and how much, and where). We call it the Farm Subsidy Database (creative, I know). The database uses google maps to show where people receiving subsidies live. The funny thing is, there are lots of people who receive subsidies living in all of the most populated cities in the country -- like, for example, Manhattan. Guess I must've missed those Central Park cornfields.

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