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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?

Thursday, September 27, 2007

organicbehind.jpgHaving cereal for breakfast? Take your coffee with cream? Serving up a nice cold glass of milk to your child as she's on her way to school?

Good then, I'm right on time.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

popcorn2.jpgIn case you miss it in the comments below:

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

BPA in canned foodThe common plastic additive bisphenol A has been getting a lot of press lately. It's a hormone disruptor that can be found in almost everybody, and animal studies have linked it to breast and prostate cancer, and infertility. Knowing all that won't help you avoid the chemical, but we've got some information here that might.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A little light reading for your Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Question: I love jewelry, and have since I was a little girl. I don’t buy it often, and when I do I try to buy pieces that are made to last. I’m trying to be a responsible consumer. What should I keep in mind when making my next purchase?

Monday, September 24, 2007

bromomethane.jpgMethyl bromide, an organic halogen compound, is a dangerous pesticide used as a soil sterilant, and as general purpose fumigant that kills rats, insects and a variety of pests. It is also one of the pesticides that the United States insists on continuing using, even though all other countries had agreed on phasing it our by January 2005.

Monday, September 24, 2007

What's new in the world of environmental health. antibacterial soap The federal government is setting itself up to violate its own water quality standards -- by not cutting CO2 emissions. Oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, lowering their pH and resulting in acidification. Yet another reason to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Devra Davis: The Secret History of the War on CancerWe here at Enviroblog loathe chemical waste. You regular readers may have caught that. Most people don't know enough about it, though -- about its sources and the nasty things it may be doing to our health -- to despise it as much as we do.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

consumerconsequences.jpg If everyone on the planet lived like you, how many Earths would we need?

Friday, September 21, 2007

Forgive us Kermit, for we have sinned. truegreenconfessionsSometimes being responsible for the environmental impacts of our choices is like being on a diet. You splurge one night and have dessert, but then the next day you figure, hey, you've already fallen off the wagon. Might as well have that ice cream for breakfast.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Your environmental health news crib sheet.

mercury_in_tuna.jpgSomething smells.There's "a veritable cocktail of dangerous and potentially dangerous volatile organic compounds" in your air fresheners, and a group of environmental organizations want the government to do something about it.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

californiacondor.jpgI’m having a hard time with this post. The issue seems so obvious, so clearly-cut, that there can’t possibly be much left for me to say.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

drill_for_oil.jpgWell, it’s finally happened. The out-of-control explosion of oil and gas drilling in the Mountain West has started to claim other victims besides the environment. Politicians who were early supporters of the federal government’s plans to dramatically increase its search for domestic sources of energy may pay for it come the next election.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

smoking banA little light reading to get you through your Wednesday. Here’s something useful: Treehugger alerts us that sensors for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) might be on the way.

All Cristina at Moms Speak Up wants for Christmas is a lead testing kit.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

7 ways to reduce PBDE exposurePBDEs are everywhere, and there's some evidence connecting them to brain and developmental problems in animals, and possibly even cancer. Exposure to flame retardant chemicals is ubiquitous, but there are things you can do to keep the concentration of PBDEs in your body as low as possible. Here are some ideas pulled from the EWG research archives:

    Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    PBDE_flame_retardant_baby.gifI’m warning you now: read this post and you may find yourself humming a particular song for the rest of the day.

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    As Amanda said, I did go to amazing teach in, Confronting the Global Triple Crisis - Climate Change, Peak Oil, Global Resource Depletion & Extinction, held this weekend in DC. The teach in featured numerous activist and experts, including Vandana Shiva, Jerry Mander, Ross Gelbspan, Jeff Goodell, Richard Heinberg, Wes Jackson, Frances Moore Lappe and David Korten.

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    Your environmental health news crib sheet.

    algaeblooms.jpgWith increased industry has come increased nitrogen and phosphorus in Chinese waterways, and the result is rogue algae.

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