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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Enviroblog's new weekly column, Outside The Box, features stories outside the norm and refusing to conform.

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Monday, July 2, 2007

McDonald's has announced today that it will reuse its supply of cooking oil to manufacture biodiesel fuel for its UK delivery trucks. Biodiesel will be created by combining rapeseed oil and cooking oil and will cut carbon emissions, saving about 1,675 tonnes of carbon per year.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

You may have heard a thing or two about a little bill that the House is scheduled to vote on at the end of July. Of $76 billion in subsidies in the current Farm Bill, organic farmers would receive less than one percent (Who is getting all that money? Have a look at the Farm Subsidy Database).

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

In 2008, half of the world's entire population will live in cities. That number is expected to keep growing, according to a report from the United Nations Population Fund, and as the world's urban population swells -- to almost 5 billion by 2030 -- so will the population of urban poor.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Glen Martin, one of the best environmental reporters in California, has written his last story for the San Francisco Chronicle. Glen was one of EWG's favorite journalists. He dug deep into our Farm Subsidies Database and found that billionaire stockbroker Charles Schwab received more than half a million dollars in 2000 – for a rice farm he used as a private duck-hunting club.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Parents of children with ADD, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders have been asking the Centers for Disease Control to do further research into a possible correlation between vaccinations containing mercury and neurobehavioral disorders for years. Now Generation Rescue, a small non-profit formed by parents of children with neurological disorders, has released a study that the CDC should be hard pressed to ignore.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Update: Okay, I may have been a little hard on the EPA yesterday. At least they're making an effort. Also, check out Angry Toxicologist's post, The Asthmatic Elephant in the Ozone Room.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Question: Is it true that flame-retardant chemicals in upholstered furniture accumulate in women's breast milk? If so, what kind of hazard does this pose to an infant that consumes the breast milk?

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Question: I recently purchased school uniform shirts for my child and was horrified to find Dupont Teflon fabric protector stickers on the packaging. When I wrote to the company the agent said that there was no danger, as they did not use Scotchgard. Am I correct that Teflon is not better than Scotchgard?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Kate at Grist did a great write-up on EWG's sunscreen investigation -- if you haven't seen it yet, you should check it out.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Yesterday EWG launched a database containing the safety and effectiveness ratings of over 700 sunscreen products — just in time for summer. The site helps consumers select the best possible sunscreen, but what do you do if you just stockpiled Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion (SPF15) or Coppertone Sunblock Lotion 2006, which were among the worst sunscreens? Never fear, ill-fated consumer, I have already thought of some creative and healthy ways to use that sunscreen.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

I've just joined the staff here at Environmental Working Group as Web Communications Coordinator. A big part of the job I've been tasked with is taking over where Matthew left off here on the blog. That means I'm your new go-to girl, so If you've got tips, thoughts, or questions, send them along to me by clicking on "Email Amanda" to the left.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Hello and Welcome to TreeHugger's 82nd Carnival of the Green! If this week's link list just isn't enough eco-info for you, have a look at last week's round-up at Victoria E's. Next week you can get your fill at Dianovo.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

During the G8 meeting last week, the leaders of some of the world's richest countries discussed their interest in paying the global south to keep rainforests intact.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Feeling guilty about cheating on your sweetheart or spouse? Now you can pay to have your cheating offset by Cheatneutral, a UK startup.

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Last weekend, on my 4-year-old's preschool campout, I was talking to another dad about the environmental commitment of the oil company he works for. They're putting millions of dollars into biofuels research, converting their vehicle fleet to hybrids or natural gas, and my friend is writing speeches for the CEO that proclaim the urgency of addressing global warming.

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Over two decades, W.R. Grace & Co. slowly killed hundreds of workers at its Libby, Mont. asbestos mine. It's one of the most notorious cases in the annals of environmental crime – but Grace may escape punishment through loopholes opened by the same justice system that's trying to convict the company.

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Monday, June 4, 2007

JIM ANNESS / THE RECORD A Paramus police officer handcuffing reporter Michael Gartland on Saturday

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Question: I'm concerned about my 8-month-old daughter coming into contact with phthalates. Should I throw out any plastic toys, or are there some companies that don't use phthalates? Toy companies I've contacted have told me phthalates are harmless. Is this true?

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Answer: Stainless steel water bottles are the way to go, especially for hot liquids. Make sure your stainless steel bottle doesn't have a plastic liner inside, which may leach bisphenol-A (BPA), an industrial chemical linked to birth defects of the male and female reproductive systems and other health concerns.

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