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Monday, August 28, 2006

Every time I fly I notice that just before we land, the attendant acknowledges over the loudspeaker that they know I had many choices when booking my flight, and they are glad I gave them my business. I like that.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

NPR is running two stories about antibiotics. One about scientists scraping the sea floor in search of new antibiotics that we have yet to develop resistance to. Researchers are finding that drug companies have little interest in financing the testing of their newly discovered anitbiotics, because they are more focused on drugs that people require daily for the rest of their lives, or performance-enhancing drugs.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Environmental Science and Technology reports on a study finding high levels of pesticides in the children of immigrant farmworkers. Of the farmworkers studied, researchers found that "40% of the mothers and 30% of the fathers had not received training in pesticide handling, a violation of U.S. EPA regulations."

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

 

Quoted in an article for the Japan Times, Tony Clarke of the Polaris Institute articulates the cyclical risk of our obsession with bottled water: "The bottled-water industry's marketing of 'safe, clean water' undermines citizen's confidence in public water systems, and paves the way for the water companies to take over underfunded local utilities. In return, public willingness to pay premium prices for bottled water enables water-service corporations to establish a top-dollar price."

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Officials in Massachusetts have begun aerial fumigation of the Southestern part of the state with the pesticide Anvil. The enemy: mosquitos capable of carrying Eastern equine encephalitis, of which two cases have been reported in Massachusetts this year. [Boston Globe]

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Paul Watson's poignant reflections on the over-exploitation of our seas and the toxicity of today's catch. [New Zealand Herald]

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The London Sunday Times reports that Madonna has been "lobbying the government and nuclear industry over a scheme to clean up radioactive waste with a supposedly magic Kabbalah fluid." Both she and her husband, Guy Ritchie are promoting a water-based “mystical” liquid solution that has allegedly proved successful in neutralising dangerous nuclear waste in Ukraine. One official--presumably at British Nuclear Fuels-- had this to say about Madonna's proposal: “It was like a crank call . . . the scientific mechanisms and principles were just bollocks, basically.”

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Exactly one month from first joining MySpace.com, EWG has reached the milestone of making 100 "friends." We've been amazed to see how many individuals and other organizations have found us on MySpace given we never made any formal announcement that we had joined. Click here and become EWG's 101st friend! "EnviroGroups on MySpace?" (7/20/06)

Monday, August 21, 2006

New Research from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences suggests that the "fresh" smell of many air fresheners is a result of the ingredient1,4 dichlorobenzene (1,4 DCB) which has been found to impair lung function. 1,4 DCB is also found in toilet bowl cleaners, mothballs and various other "deodorizing" products. "The best way to protect yourself, especially children who may have asthma or other respiratory illnesses, is to reduce the use of products and materials that contain these compounds." [via Effect Measure]

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Monday, August 21, 2006

"The Clinton administration in 2000 set a goal to eliminate childhood lead poisoning by 2010. To achieve that, in the next two years the EPA would have to reduce the estimated cases to 90,000 from about 400,000 cases in 1999-2000." [Kansas City Star]

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Coca-Cola is hit by a hunger strike and college boycotts prostesting environmental and human rights abuses. Coca-Cola says it is a target only because it is the market leader. Funny--that reminds me of the McDonald's sign Seth Godin posted to his blog Wednesday: BIG COMAPANIES ARE EASY TARGETS SO THEY NEED HIGHER STANDARDS.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Several links for recent news.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

This month McDonald's is giving away toy Hummers, 42 million of them, in eight models and colors, with every Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal. That's right: The fast-food chain that helped make our kids the fattest on Earth is now selling future car buyers on the fun of driving a supersized, smog-spewing, gas-guzzling SUV originally built for the military. In response, EWG has teamed up with Hybridcars.com to create the Ronald McHummer Sign-O-Matic so you can tell us what you think of this misguided marriage of two icons of American excess.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

A survey this month by Baltimore City Health Commisioner, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, found that 4 out of 17 samples of children's jewelry sold at area stores had dangerously high levels of lead.

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Hummer will be launching a new ad campaign today to remind consumers that they sell TWO models the H2 and the smaller, cheaper H3. Hummer feels they've been too long associated with the behemoth H2, so the new commercials, touting the smaller H3 and featuring some Belgian magician, will shock you with their impressive claims of 20 miles per gallon and only a $30,000 price tag.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

On August 2, an official from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) told the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee that our nation's law governing industrial chemicals needs to be dramatically changed.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

This summer, kids will be getting toy Hummers with their Happy Meals thanks to a new McDonald's promotion to bring “the fun and excitement of Hummer vehicles” to “McDonald’s youngest guests.” In a time of record gas prices, when even our oil-friendly leader has admitted that America is "addicted to oil," it seems a bit irresponsible for McDonald's to be advertising the Hummer to its youngest and most impressionable customers.

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Monday, August 7, 2006

Recently there's been plenty of debate within scientific, regulatory, and public health circles about the role of industry funding in scientific research and on government advisory panels--with robust arguments from each side. But almost everyone--including the FDA, the American Chemistry Council, and the Society of Toxicology agree on one point: full disclosure of professional associations and financial interests is the bare minimum necessary to safeguard the public interest.

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Thursday, August 3, 2006

In an L.A. Times editorial, conservative-supreme Jonah Goldberg states his case against farm subsidies. Why?

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