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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Onederwear disposable underwearHave you ever undressed to shower while on vacation and thought, "Gee, I really wish I didn't have to go to all the trouble of putting this underwear back in my luggage"?

No?

Monday, October 15, 2007

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To be honest, before I started working for EWG, I really didn’t think much of the makeup that I put on my face every day. I believed that the products were safe because I was able to buy them in stores. I had no idea that $50 billion personal care industry regulates itself and there are almost no guidelines or testing requirements by the government.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action DayToday is Blog Action Day, an event created to draw the attention of the blogosphere as a whole to one particular issue. Today, bloggers around the world will turn their attention to this year’s theme: the environment. Parenting bloggers, tech bloggers, health bloggers and a multitude of others will be writing about environmental issues as they relate to each niche.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

DDT fogger spraying peopleImagine a group of gregarious nine and ten year old girls in the early 1960s, laughing and running through the streets of their neighborhood on a summer evening, following along behind a big truck -- a big truck spraying the pesticide DDT.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

fishWhat with the recent confusion over safe fish consumption, you may be in the mood for some clean fish. Head on over to Blogfish for a hot tip on where to find it.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Open pit miningYou really can't beat this opening sentence, so I'm not even going to try:

BUTTE, Mont. — Death sits on the east side of this city, a 40-billion-gallon pit filled with corrosive water the color of a scab.
Monday, October 8, 2007

toxic chemicalsCanadians face up to 25,000 premature deaths annually and that costs the Canadian government more than $9 billion. These, among other statistics, were revealed in a new study published last week.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Senate passes asbestos ban.We've known the about the negative health impacts of asbestos since the 1920's, and now the Senate has finally acted to ban the stuff from import. Our thanks and congratulations go to Senator Murray and the tens of thousands of asbestos victims who fought so hard for this achievement.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Sewage released into a riverIt's awfully hot here, especially for October. Can I get you a nice, cool glass of water?

Would you like some estrogen with that?

Saturday, October 6, 2007

KQED public radio in Northern California played a story on Thursday about the farm bill and how it effects the lunch menu in public schools:

We've all heard the latest health advice: avoid transfats. Eat more fruits and vegetables. But for many school children, their cafeteria lunch menus haven't caught up. This year, an effort to get healthy foods to the school lunch table is tied up in a much larger debate-- national farm policy.
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?

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