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Friday, May 11, 2007

Some members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) are furious with President Bush and “Dead-Eye” Dick Cheney. At first I thought ‘how could this be?’ Vice President Cheney, while not the best of shots, often speaks at NRA annual meetings, and President Bush had NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre down to the ranch in Crawford for a little R and R.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against The Ecology Center and two Michigan pediatricians who stood up in support of banning the dangerous chemical lindane in anti-head-lice shampoos.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Carbon is the primary culprit, contributing 70 percent of global greenhouse gases. But let's not forget that ever-so-sly methane molecule (CH4) that boasts 21 times more global warming potential per ton than carbon, and is responsible for 23 percent of the atmospheric greenhouse effect. Look no further than your Big Mac or your bowl of Rice Krispies to find some of the major sources of human induced methane pollution.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

If a deadly strain of an exotic disease were ravaging Los Angeles, the state and federal governments would waste no time declaring a public health emergency. The Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control would mobilize armies of researchers.

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Monday, May 7, 2007

The number of cosmetic surgeries performed on teenagers has nearly doubled in the last five years. Teenagers still account for just about 2 percent of cosmetic surgery patients in the US, but this trend is increasing rapidly. Cosmetic surgery is becoming a popular graduation gift and it's often the parents who make the purchase for their kids.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

This morning, NPR launched a series on how Americans are adapting to global warming with a feature on Patagonia, the Ventura outdoor clothing manufacturer.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Wind energy is great. The knocks against it traffic mostly in the cosmetic/aesthetic and avian safety realms. The potential for truly clean and renewable energy is limitless. In addition, it could bring economic vitality to the Midwest.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Today we add Angry Toxicologist to our blogroll. Angry Toxicologist is "focused on public health and the science behind it . . . written for the non-scientist without dumbing anything down."

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The sun beamed over Washington, DC on this first morning in May. Riding my bicycle through the usual rush hour traffic, I stopped for a red light on 15th street. A 40-something year-old man entered the crosswalk, only to be rudely honked at by an aggressive truck driver who didn’t want to wait to make a left turn.

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Saturday Good Morning America aired a piece on toxic rocket fuel in our food and water supply. EWG Senior Scientist Anila Jacob was the resident expert. Watch the piece here.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

This post is written by Enviroblogger Alex Formuzis. He is away from his computer today so I've posted it on his behalf.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Question: Is mineral-based make-up safer for you than make-up bought at drug stores or department stores? Most of the mineral-based make-up contains titanium dioxide and/or silica, and some contain iron of some type. Is this okay for your skin? I am wondering how such make-up is absorbed into the body, too!

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Question: I've heard nasty rumors regarding the treatment of carpet before it's sold and put into a house. I've heard that it's treated with some really bad chemicals, then rolled up and stored until sold. I'd really like to know what the carpet is treated with and what's the best thing to do.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Big Oil is getting into the biodiesel game. On the surface that's good news. Last week I wrote about oil companies and how through their gas station franchises they are not allowing competing products like biodiesel to arrive on the pumps.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The attire for Project Prom 2007, yesterday's Teens for Safe Cosmetics rally, symbolized the commitment to fight for safe and healthy beauty products. Live music and passionate speeches from the teens and their supporters rang out over San Francisco's Union Square, as rallygoers and passing pedestrians enjoyed free green makeovers on a rare warm and sunny day in the City.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A high school algebra project first clued me in to the inefficiencies of incandescent light bulbs. After working out some basic calculations in the classroom, I was appalled to find just how much electricity these virtual heat-lamps devour (and how much more they add to electric bills) in relation to their fluorescent counterparts.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

We used to call them MEGO stories: My Eyes Glaze Over.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Some tout the electronic age as a greening tool that replaced snail mail with e-mail, saving trees and gasoline while improving efficiency in business, government, and in our personal lives.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

A while ago, it would be unusual for men to go shopping for makeup, and even less likely for them to wear it. That trend is changing now, with an increased percentage of men who decide to “pretty up” by using make up.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Teresa Heinz—in collaboration with the Heinz Foundation and the Magee-Women’s Hospital of UMPC—sponsored a Women’s Health and the Environment Conference on Friday, April 20, at the David L. Lawrence Center in Pittsburgh. This annual conference has existed for the past decade in Boston, but just arrived in Pittsburgh for the first time this spring.

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