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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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Thursday, May 31, 2007

"First of all, I don't think it's within the power of human beings to assure that the climate does not change, as millions of years of history have shown. And second of all, I guess I would ask which human beings -- where and when -- are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we have right here today, right now is the best climate for all other human beings. I think that's a rather arrogant position for people to take."

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Laura and Rutherford Seydel are constructing an EcoManor in Atlanta, built to be a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified residence under the U.S. Green Building Council's guidelines. You can watch their building process and see the final result on Saturday, June 9th, on HGTV's Ground Breakers.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

According to The New York Times, a private enrichment company is asking the federal government to hand over an old stockpile of partially processed uranium, worth between $750 million and $3 billion.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Earlier this week Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin announced his intention to offer a resolution to mark the 100th birthday of Rachel Carson . Sen. Tom Coburn from Oklahoma decided that the Senate was the wrong place to honor the woman who launched the national debate that would eventually ban certain dangerous pesticides.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Matthew, the leading force behind Enviroblog, left Environmental Working Group yesterday. His next job will be leading a crew of DC high school students at trail and conservation projects in the national parks surrounding DC.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

After our May 16 blog about consultant Dennis Paustenbach's possible appointment to an EPA panel on asbestos, we received a letter from Dr. Paustenbach's attorney. It says our use of the word "fraud" in describing the involvement of Dr. Paustenbach's company, ChemRisk, in the publication of a since-retracted study on chromium-6 in drinking water was "false and defamatory."

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Three years ago, EWG launched a unique online consumer database called Skin Deep that assesses and compares the safety of personal care products. To this day, Skin Deep is the only online resource for those wishing to compare safety ratings for various personal care products.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

He's back. Dennis C. Paustenbach, a.k.a. Dr. Evil, the science-for-hire consultant who rarely met a chemical he didn't like, is on the short list of potential appointees to the EPA Science Advisory Board Asbestos Panel. The panel has a crucial task: advising EPA's upcoming risk assessment for airborne asbestos, a killer that takes 10,000 American lives a year.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on Coca-Cola's settling of a benzene-in-soda lawsuit and the reformulation of two of its products.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

According to the Washington Post, a New Deal program intended to spur investment in rural electricity production in the 1930s continues to shell out billions in low-interest loans for building coal-fired power plants.

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Joanna Gardiner, managing director of Irish cosmetics manufacturer Ovelle Pharmaceuticals posed nude in an internet campaign to promote its chemical-free products. She appears with other nude female and male models to promote that the brand has nothing to hide.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Our friends at DeSmogBlog have an important e-petition for you to sign.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Some members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) are furious with President Bush and “Dead-Eye” Dick Cheney. At first I thought ‘how could this be?’ Vice President Cheney, while not the best of shots, often speaks at NRA annual meetings, and President Bush had NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre down to the ranch in Crawford for a little R and R.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against The Ecology Center and two Michigan pediatricians who stood up in support of banning the dangerous chemical lindane in anti-head-lice shampoos.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Carbon is the primary culprit, contributing 70 percent of global greenhouse gases. But let's not forget that ever-so-sly methane molecule (CH4) that boasts 21 times more global warming potential per ton than carbon, and is responsible for 23 percent of the atmospheric greenhouse effect. Look no further than your Big Mac or your bowl of Rice Krispies to find some of the major sources of human induced methane pollution.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

If a deadly strain of an exotic disease were ravaging Los Angeles, the state and federal governments would waste no time declaring a public health emergency. The Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control would mobilize armies of researchers.

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Monday, May 7, 2007

The number of cosmetic surgeries performed on teenagers has nearly doubled in the last five years. Teenagers still account for just about 2 percent of cosmetic surgery patients in the US, but this trend is increasing rapidly. Cosmetic surgery is becoming a popular graduation gift and it's often the parents who make the purchase for their kids.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

This morning, NPR launched a series on how Americans are adapting to global warming with a feature on Patagonia, the Ventura outdoor clothing manufacturer.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Wind energy is great. The knocks against it traffic mostly in the cosmetic/aesthetic and avian safety realms. The potential for truly clean and renewable energy is limitless. In addition, it could bring economic vitality to the Midwest.

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