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Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Tuesday, September 4, 2007

girlatfountain.jpgThirsty students at Clough Elementary in Mendon, MA were treated to something refreshing when they returned to school last week: Water in the building's bubblers no longer contains rocket fuel.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

When few in America really understand what's at stake in the farm bill, and junk food is trying to run away with the subsidies again, what's a wholesome apple to do?

Friday, August 31, 2007

Official_roberts_CJ.jpgChief Justice John Roberts doesn't believe sunscreens need to be regulated. Apparently he has all the protection he needs -- we hear those robes offer excellent skin cancer prevention.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

peanutbutterjelly.jpgI went through a phase, around second grade, when all I would take for lunch was peanut butter and jelly (creamy, and mint jelly, please. The green kind. Yes, I did get made fun of). My little sister is seven years younger than me, and by the time she was in second grade she and her classmates weren't allowed to bring PB&J for lunch because there were other students with severe peanut allergies.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

emptyplayground.gifIt's tricky to write about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent rebuilding of New Orleans. Today's headlines are full of contradictions.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Question:I recently read a report in which EWG recommended using carbon filtration to filter tap water for drinking. The report pointed out that carbon filtering is less expensive than reverse osmosis filtration, but it didn't mention that carbon filtration does not remove artificially added fluoride from the water. I know that EWG is concerned with the health effects of fluoride, especially for children and pregnant women. Was this an oversight?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

conventionalpigfarm.jpgResearchers at the University of Illinois have concluded that antibiotic resistance created by the nearly ubiquitous use of antibiotics on large-scale hog farms is being transferred between organisms like it's a "relay race." Resistant bacteria end up in groundwater, which makes up 97 percent

Monday, August 27, 2007

obese.jpgRecent reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that currently over 17% of kids in the USA are overweight, and the number has tripled over the past 20 years. Childhood obesity is a serious issue with numerous consequences that continue over a lifespan.

There are numerous things that can lead to obesity. According to the American Obesity Association:

Monday, August 27, 2007

nonstick.jpgThat babies are being born with man-made chemicals in their bloodstreams isn't news in these parts, but the results of two studies released this month indicate direct physical effects from prenatal exposure.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

D&AD, a British organization which gives yearly awards for creativity in design, made sustainability the name of the game this year when they built part of their student film competition around iCount's 15 Steps. You can see the official winners at the competition website, but Youtube is full of gems like these.

Friday, August 24, 2007

lunarlanding.jpgIt's been nearly 30 years since the FDA acknowledged the need for sunscreen industry regulations, but it isn't because crafting regulations is too difficult a task for the U.S. government. It took the government less time to

  • Craft and sign the Declaration of Independence
  • Defeat Nazi Germany (granted, we had some help on that one)
  • Figure out that prohibition was a bad plan
  • Create the Medicare system
Thursday, August 23, 2007

sunscreen.gifTwenty-eight years after they first pledged to implement safety standards for sunscreens, the FDA has proposed regulations that would (among other things) require manufacturers to label sunscreens based on their ability to protect consumers from UVA rays. From the LA Times story:

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

mamasbaby.jpgThe hot topic among mothers at a play group this weekend was bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles. That's a shame, because it means those mothers -- and the Washington Post -- missed some crucial science.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

carbonshoesize.jpgI walk to work everyday. It's because I live in a walkable city, because I live fairly close to the office, because it's good for the planet and because I enjoy the exercise -- oh yeah, and because I never got my driver's license.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Mining laws have not changed since 1872 in the US. The General Mining Law of 1872 still rules mining hard rock metals, does not require royalties and sets no environmental safeguards. A new EWG report shows

“80 percent increase in uranium, gold and other mining claims in 12 western states over the past five years, including an explosion of uranium claims near the edge of Grand Canyon National Park. Across the West, more than 50,000 claims were staked from last September to this May alone.”

Monday, August 20, 2007

formaldehyde.jpgFormaldehyde may bring back fragrant memories of dissecting frogs in high school, but you wouldn't want to rub the stuff onto your skin -- or your children's. But a New Zealand study found that clothing made in China and shipped overseas may effectively be doing precisely that:

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Things to do: replace old, inefficient incandescent light bulbs with new, energy-saving CLFs.

Things not to do: poke self or others with cattle prod.

Got it?


Friday, August 17, 2007

Chronic polluter BP ("Beyond" Petroleum) may have been given license to continue polluting Lake Michigan (more on than in a moment), but one of the country's biggest mercury polluters will be changing its ways in the coming years.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

blogactionday.jpgI know, I know. If you're reading Enviroblog, there's a pretty good chance you already care about the environment. But not everyone does, and this newfangled citizen media stuff just might be a good way to begin to change that.