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Friday, October 5, 2007

Pregnant and nursing women should limit fish consumption.So, the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies coalition has issued a recommendation that women who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning on becoming pregnant should eat at at least 12 ounces of fish per week -- including mackerel and tuna.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

should pregnant women eat fish?In an interesting turn of events, a coalition of top scientists announced yesterday that pregnant and nursing women should eat more fish.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

lead_in_nailpolish.jpg Well, biting your nails is never a good habit to pick up, but now it could be down right dangerous for a certain segment of the population in China Taiwan -- specifically those who use nail polish.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A little light reading for your Wednesday. Devastated Crops Photo: Jason Edwards for National GeographicThe FDA has dropped the ball, and Angry Toxicologist is . . . well, angry! It's easy to see why.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Environmental Justice NowAfter writing this morning's post on the global environmental justice movement, I did a little digging and turned up the Principles of Environmental Justice. Drafted and adopted in 1991 at the National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, the document serves as a guidepost for the movement.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

In a May 16 blog post about the possibility of Dennis Paustenbach being appointed to a federal asbestos committee, we said that Paustenbach's firm ChemRisk "committed scientific fraud on behalf of a client" by placing in a scientific journal an article concluding that chromium-6 does not cause cancer. The study was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health in 1997 under the byline of a Chinese scientist without disclosing ChemRisk's involvement in the study.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

environmental_justice.jpgI've been talking a lot about environmental justice lately, and I've had a couple of people question exactly what I meant. Not having an official definition at hand, I've had to cobble together something halfway accurate. Here's a little secret for you: I'm really good at knowing what words mean, and not so good at actually defining them.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Until today’s article in New York Times, the name Eduardo Arias meant nothing to me. However, Eduardo is responsible for worldwide awareness of the presence of diethylene glycol in toothpaste.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

About a year ago, McDonald's thought it would be a good idea to put miniature Hummers in children's Happy Meals. About a year ago, EWG decided, "Wow, that's actually a really lousy idea."

Friday, September 28, 2007

warning: hydrogen sulfideWhat would you rather have lurking underneath your hometown: highly explosive methane, or highly toxic hydrogen sulfide?

Tough decision. How about both?

Thursday, September 27, 2007

organicbehind.jpgHaving cereal for breakfast? Take your coffee with cream? Serving up a nice cold glass of milk to your child as she's on her way to school?

Good then, I'm right on time.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

popcorn2.jpgIn case you miss it in the comments below:

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

BPA in canned foodThe common plastic additive bisphenol A has been getting a lot of press lately. It's a hormone disruptor that can be found in almost everybody, and animal studies have linked it to breast and prostate cancer, and infertility. Knowing all that won't help you avoid the chemical, but we've got some information here that might.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A little light reading for your Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Question: I love jewelry, and have since I was a little girl. I don’t buy it often, and when I do I try to buy pieces that are made to last. I’m trying to be a responsible consumer. What should I keep in mind when making my next purchase?

Monday, September 24, 2007

bromomethane.jpgMethyl bromide, an organic halogen compound, is a dangerous pesticide used as a soil sterilant, and as general purpose fumigant that kills rats, insects and a variety of pests. It is also one of the pesticides that the United States insists on continuing using, even though all other countries had agreed on phasing it our by January 2005.

Monday, September 24, 2007

What's new in the world of environmental health. antibacterial soap The federal government is setting itself up to violate its own water quality standards -- by not cutting CO2 emissions. Oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, lowering their pH and resulting in acidification. Yet another reason to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Devra Davis: The Secret History of the War on CancerWe here at Enviroblog loathe chemical waste. You regular readers may have caught that. Most people don't know enough about it, though -- about its sources and the nasty things it may be doing to our health -- to despise it as much as we do.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

consumerconsequences.jpg If everyone on the planet lived like you, how many Earths would we need?