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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

This week in the blogosphere. . .

Dirty Dishes Blogfish gets a makeover. Lookin' good, Mark!

Revere looks at a study that demonstrates a correlation between weight gain and eating no-calorie sweets made with saccharine.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Mixed Greens podcastIn this episode of EWG's podcast Mixed Greens, we discuss fluoridated water marketed for use by infants, the impact of agriculture on the Dead Zone, and a new study documenting babies' exposure to phthalates -- plus, we give you a tip on improving indoor air quality. You can subscribe in iTunes or in a reader, or listen right here in your browser.

Monday, February 11, 2008

uranium miningIf you've never been to the Grand Canyon, you might want to get there soon.

Friday, February 8, 2008

chemical_mask.jpg"Manufacturing uncertainty." It's a common tactic for companies whose products have undergone scrutiny by the scientific community. Here in our nation's illustrious capital there's no shortage of science-for-hire firms, who make their money by producing dubious reports in defense of whatever industry is paying their bills this month.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

child-with-globe.jpgI know you are sticking to those New Years resolutions, because they're good for you, plus they might be adding years to your life.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

baby_crib_toes.jpgWhat’s been happening over at the ol’ Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) since the Giants beat the Patriots in last Sunday’s Superbowl? Not much. On Monday, the CSPC lost virtually all its power to protect U.S. consumers from hazardous products in the marketplace.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

cigarette_pbdes.jpgAfter a decade delay, CPSC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking last Friday that would set new fire retardant standards for home furniture. In a rare victory for public health the rules would require the fabric to be fire resistant instead of the foam inside.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

coral_reef.jpgAbout two years ago, my Grandma was on about 8 different medications when her primary doctor asked her to bring them all in to sort them out. Lo and behold there were a number of funny interactions and they dropped her down to four. We only wish the government and industry would take some responsibility to guard against interactions from chemicals that build up in our bodies and the environment.

Monday, February 4, 2008

tiger_shark.jpgIf you follow our work on cosmetics, you know that companies have free reign over what they put in your products. FDA can’t require companies to test products for safety before (or after) they’re sold, and unlike for food additives and drugs, FDA doesn’t review or approve cosmetics before you buy them. Companies are the deciders when it comes to what’s safe enough to sell.

Friday, February 1, 2008

New USGS study cites Farms in 9 States Causing the Dead Zone Problem

farm_on_waterThis week, the U.S. Geological Survey released a report showing that farms in just 9 states cause 75 % of the nitrogen and phosphorus pollution that creates a Dead Zone every Spring at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

gaza.jpgIt's hard to talk about the situation in Gaza without being political. And having grown up in 90's in Serbia, a country that experienced severe electricity and water restrictions during its political troubles, makes me very sympathetic to the struggles of people living under similar conditions.

However, unless you had my growing up experiences, you might not be inclined to stop and think how political turmoil can threaten public health for people living in the area.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

rubbish_at_recycling.jpgMark at Blogfish reports that the National Fisheries Institute, the industry group that brought us the "eat more fish!" study last fall, are pretty ticked about the New York Times investigative report on mercury levels in sus

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Mixed Greens PodcastIn this second edition of EWG's podcast Mixed Greens, we discuss the possible connections between plastics and obesity, the rocket fuel in our drinking water, and more! Give 'er a listen below, or subscribe in a reader or in iTunes.

Monday, January 28, 2008

crossing_galveston_bay.jpgIn Galveston, Texas, as many as one in five children have blood lead levels elevated enough to cause learning disabilities.

Friday, January 25, 2008

In an ideal world, rocket fuel would not be in people. But we don't live in the ideal world, and perchlorate, a potent chemical ingredient of rocket fuel, is in all of us. A new EWG analysis of FDA data shows that three quarters of 285 commonly consumed foods and beverages are contaminated with perchlorate, a toxic rocket fuel ingredient.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

sushi in NYCNote to sushi lovers from the Big Apple: Maybe stick to the pastrami on rye.

The New York Times recently tested sushi from 20 different popular stores and restaurants in Manhattan and found extremely high, possibly even dangerous levels of Mercury in the sample pieces they had tested.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

rBGH free cow And they would've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for that meddling governor!

Remember a few months ago when I told you that Monsanto thinks you're stupid? And that Pennsylvania's Secretary of Agriculture was going right along with them by banning labels on dairy products indicating that the farmer hadn't used synthetic growth hormones?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

mapcruzin_TRI.jpgIn response to White House pressure, the U.S. EPA broke its own longstanding procedures for scientific and economic review of pollution reporting rules for thousands of factories nationwide in a bid to reduce the regulatory burden on corporate polluters, according to a little-noticed November 2007 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ watchdog agency.

Monday, January 21, 2008

chesapeake_bay.jpgLast December, the Maryland legislature approved a new $50 million “Chesapeake Bay 2010 Trust Fund” to help clean up the decades-dirty Bay. The “2010 Trust Fund” will provide money to help move the state closer to achieving water quality goals set back in 2000 by the 2010 deadline. Everyone has accepted these goals will not be achieved in time, but public trust in the state’s ability to even make a dent is waning.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

ZapRootAre you watching ZapRoot yet?

ZapRoot is an unconventional bite-sized news show that covers the fat changing world of the modern Green Revolution. With sarcasm, silliness, & sanity, ZapRoot encourages you to have a better time while making a better world.