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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.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Photo courtesy Coco Laso/Oxfam AmericaA few days ago, I blogged about the CNN Hero Awards and my personal favorite, Pablo Fajardo. In the meantime, Pablo won for the Fighting for Justice category.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

farm subsidy databaseAnd what a shameful abdication of leadership it represents.

Monday, December 17, 2007

postcard_final.jpgNearly 10 years ago, when EWG and other California environmental groups were sounding the alarm over the dangers of methyl bromide and other airborne pesticides drifting from farm fields into schools and subdivisions, the state’s pesticide agency tried to pooh-pooh our concerns with this twisted logic:

Friday, December 14, 2007

Copperhill circa 1940Stories of renewal come from the strangest places -- like, for example, The New York Times' travel section. This is a good one, and well timed. I, for one, could use a little hope today.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

olive_tree.jpgA little light reading. . .

Now that's my kind of gift guide. We've seen a lot of gift guides for children around these parts lately, and while that's certainly important, I haven't seen any great guides for like-minded adults -- until now. Ethicurean's got the goods. (Although, it should be noted, it's not all "goods" in the traditional consumer sense. Adopt a tree, anyone?)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Steaming_coffee_cup.gifA new prioritization process has bumped caffeine and bisphenol A to the front of the list of toxic chemicals for review in California this year.

Monday, December 10, 2007

stockmarket.gifIt seems that investors are planning to use the power of the market to influence the production of plastics and the problems that go with it. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that there have been a remarkable number of shareholder resolutions filed for publicly held companies for their use of potentially toxic chemicals. Seven have been filed for 2008 already.

Monday, December 10, 2007

jbrown.jpg It’s no secret California Attorney General Jerry Brown wants to return to the governor’s office he held from 1975 to 1983. But for a guy whose family name is synonymous with “Democrat” and is viewed nationally as a beyond-liberal lefty (far from it), it’s interesting that on the environment he’s staking out the same turf as Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

storyofstuff.gif Free Range Studios has done it again, this time by teaming up with sustainability and environmental health expert Annie Leonard to produce The Story of Stuff, a twenty-minute film documenting the reality behind the "materials economy." From resource exploitation and environmental degradation to planned and perceived obsolescence, we're not running the materials economy -- it's running us.

Friday, December 7, 2007

nuclear symbolIn a post earlier this week, Sierra Club president Carl Pope discusses the "dangerous distraction" of nuclear power:

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