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Friday, January 18, 2008

american_car.jpgIt's that time again when everywhere you turn, its all about presidential elections. Debates, political views and attacks (some personal, some not) are the hot topic of every conversation -- especially here in DC, the city that talks politics 24/7.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

a_apple.jpgPsst. . . You can also hear scientist Kristan Markey answer this month's Ask EWG question on EWG's podcast Mixed Greens!

Question: How should I wash my fruits and veggies? Is water enough, or should I be using one of those bottled produce washes they sell in the supermarket?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

mixedgreens_blog.jpgOkay people, get excited: EWG has a brand new podcast. Mixed Greens is your environmental health news update, featuring inside info from our staff of scientists and researchers and hosted by yours truly.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

macbookair.pngA little light reading for your mid-week enjoyment.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

air-pollution-systems.jpgOkay, so you know that breathing polluted air is bad for your heart and, of course, your lungs. But did you know it might be bad for your swimmers, too?

Monday, January 14, 2008

postcard_final.jpgImagine you're a board member of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. The Valley has the dirtiest air in California, including four of the 10 smoggiest cities in the country. Childhood asthma is epidemic. Educated workers, fearing for their families' health, are leaving or declining to move to the area.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Nancy_Nord.jpg Good news, parents! The (acting) Chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission doesn’t see a need for a ban on lead in consumer products.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

New Years ResolutionsAre you a nom-smoker that exercises, eats fruits and vegetables, and drinks alcohol moderately? If so, you might add 14 years to your life, according to a new study at Cambridge University.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

cornA little light reading for your mid-week enjoyment.

After a bit of an absence, Angry Toxicologist is back with a vengeance. "Those in glass houses," he says, "should not throw stones at China."

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Burt's Lipbalm"If you can't put it in your mouth," says Burt's Bees CEO John Replogle, "you shouldn't put it on your skin." Then, according to New York Times reporter Louise Story, he scoops out a fingerful of the company's Avocado Butter Hair Treatment and

Monday, January 7, 2008

postcard_final.jpgIn the simplistic view of "the environment" common among policy makers and the press, an artificial line separates wildlife and natural resource issues – saving the whales, protecting the rainforests – from human health concerns like toxic chemicals in consumer products.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

ifeelprettyHow can you turn $10 into $50,000 and help us expand Skin Deep all at the same time?

One of the amazing things about the internet in general, and social media in particular, is the way in which philanthropy is no longer just for the old and wealthy. New giving programs put the emphasis on simply making a donation -- not on how much you donate.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

world population growth map The number 32 didn't mean much to me until today, when I read an op-ed by the amazing Jared Diamond in The New York Times. According to him:

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Fireworks NYE2005When I was 12, my new year's resolution was to NOT keep my room clean. The two years before I'd made a resolution to keep it neat and tidy, and since I seemed to have a habit of breaking my resolutions I figured I'd turn the table on it.

I'm a little better at sticking to my resolutions now. Here's what's on my plate for 2008:

Friday, December 28, 2007

Readers Dear- spotty internet access while traveling this week has led to an unfortunate dearth of posts, for which I apologize. I'm visiting family and friends in New England, New York, and New Jersey (and wondering why on earth our forebears weren't more creative when naming their new homes). I hope your year is wrapping up nicely and that you're looking forward to 2008!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

mining in NewportRecently, Newmont Mining was cleared of a pollution and environmental damage lawsuit in Buyat Bay in Indonesia.

Friday, December 21, 2007

farm subsidy databaseEditorial pages across the country are ripping apart the Senate's recently passed version of the farm bill, much as they excoriated the House version of last summer.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

flame retardants in household dustIf you follow these things, you've probably heard of the flame retardant chemicals PBDEs. They're in many electronics (possibly even that computer screen you're reading right now), and in the foam in mattresses, car seats, couches and the like that were sold before 2005. They're associated with brain and developmental problems in lab animals and possibly cancer as well.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Organic_industry.jpg A little pre-vacay light reading. Enjoy!

You may not know Phil Howard by name, but you probably know his work -- and if you don't, Ethicurean can help.