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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.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

DCtap.jpgD.C.'s Water and Sewer Authority put out a warning this month that unsolicited tap water testing kits were being left at the doors of residents in at least one neighborhood. Those who filled the plastic bottle provided received a follow-up call from a telemarketer looking to sell a $2,000 reverse-osmosis water treatment system.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Question: My husband and I are thinking of buying this great old house with a big back deck, but I remember reading something about how wood used on decks can be dangerous. We've got a two year old. Should I be worried?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Every day people decide whether to adhere to or stray from their principles, or whether to commit to or hedge on their ideas. Unfortunately, money often forces people to compromise on both. This week’s Outside the Box features one man’s five billion dollar principle and researchers’ billion dollar ideas to combat climate change.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sometimes the little stuff makes a big difference.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Where's the worst air in America? Los Angeles, with its freeways gridlocked with smog-spewing cars? Houston, where petrochemical plants pump out their poisons 24 hours a day?

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Friday, August 10, 2007

What will it take to get presidential candidates to commit to stopping human-caused global warming?

Thursday, August 9, 2007

On Aug. 20, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies drinking water to Los Angeles, San Diego and four other counties, will be briefed on the health risks of water fluoridation. MWD is preparing to add fluoride to its supplies in October. Many cities in SoCal already add fluoride to their water after they get it from Met, but now they won't have a choice.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Last summer I lived just a mile from a beach -- a real beach, with an ocean and everything. Having grown up several hundred miles from the Atlantic in a town where the only "beach" was a long patch of trucked-in sand in front of a small pond, living so close to the ocean was quite a novelty. Beach culture was an entirely new thing to me, so I did what any real geek would do. I did research.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Although the revelation that over 1 million pounds of suspect seafood from China was allowed into the country is woefully late, better late than never.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

We are one summer away from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and the host country is trying to win the gold by going green. This week’s Outside the Box hurdles organic pork, strict air quality control standards, and vast urban renewal in a marathon of environmental stories that might leave you forgetting about lead paint and toxic food.

Monday, August 6, 2007

When a retailer with $60 billion in annual sales says jump, manufacturers ask how high, and in this case that's great news for the environment.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Plenty of companies make water-efficient toilets these days, but replacing your old model with a newer one is an expensive endeavor -- and if you live in an apartment building, it's pretty much impossible. Here's an easy DIY way to make your toilet more efficient and save money and water at the same time.

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Friday, August 3, 2007

This post from one of the Urban Mamas bloggers really drove home the reality of the Mattel recall for me. I don't have babies of my own (yet -- don't worry, Mom, I'll get there!), so while I was busy being angry from a public health perspective, anxious parents across the country were raiding their children's toy boxes and wondering how to protect their precious progeny.

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

In what is only the nation's second largest toy recall this year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of more than one million lead-painted toys.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

 

When a CDC website describes the possible medical effect of a pesticide like this

...may produce a variety of effects on the nervous system including headaches, blurred vision, watering of the eyes (called lacrimation), excessive salivation, runny nose, dizziness, confusion, muscle weakness or tremors, nausea, diarrhea, and sudden changes in heart rate...
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ecosystems are fragile like a house of cards: add the wrong component in the wrong place and it can come tumbling down. Worlds are at war as this week’s OTB resembles a third rate science fiction novel and takes a closer look at species invasion and ecosystems in peril.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

This is our first Ask EWG video! We're pretty excited about it, but as a small nonprofit that focuses on research we're just getting the hang of this YouTube thing. If you've got any comments, suggestions, or original music we could use in our videos, please let us know by leaving a comment or sending an email.

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Science has been demonstrating recently that there are links between increasing rates of chronic diseases in the US and environmental exposures. If you are lucky, you have health insurance that will help you deal with it. But, if you are one of more than 50 million uninsured Americans, you might want to consider other options. Like marrying a Canadian.

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