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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

A 2006 client list for Sciences International, the consulting firm that is running CERHR. Read it and you will notice that it is essentially a who's who of the chemical industry (and their trade associations).

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

According to EWG VP of Research, Jane Houlihan, would be for The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to prohibit Sciences International's involvement in the evaluation of any chemicals related to its industry clients and develop a conflict of interest policy for all contractors.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Pressure and publicity from EWG, has prompted the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences announced Monday that Sciences International has been temporarily removed from overseeing the Institute's bisphenol A evaluation while the company's ties to chemical manufacturers are investigated.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

China is expected to surpass the United States as the largest global polluter of greenhouse gases within the next two years. The San Francisco Chronicle states that the country’s fossil fuel consumption increased by 9.3 percent in 2006, as compared to an annual increase of about 1.2 percent in the United States. Inefficient coal power plants supply about 70 percent of the country’s energy output.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

 

Used cooking oil may find a second life in cosmetic products. via New Scientist. (5 Mar 2007)

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Friday, March 2, 2007

Yesterday I pointed you to the newest EWG investigation exposing the dubious relationship between the Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR) — an agency under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health — and the consulting firm Sciences International (SI).

Thursday, March 1, 2007

A federal agency that evaluates the causes of birth defects and other reproductive problems is run by a consulting firm with ties to companies that make chemicals the agency is charged with reviewing, an EWG investigation found. Chairs of House and Senate Committees are investigating. [more]

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Providing parking facilities and addressing traffic congestion imposes significant costs to universities across the United States. That’s why many campuses have implemented Transportation Demand Management programs to discourage the use of single-occupant personal vehicles.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Providing parking facilities and addressing traffic congestion imposes significant costs to universities across the United States. That’s why many campuses have implemented Transportation Demand Management programs to discourage the use of single-occupant personal vehicles.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

In his State of the Union Address last January, President Bush vowed to decrease gasoline consumption in the US transportation sector. “Let us build upon the work we’ve done and reduce gasoline usage in the United States by 20 percent in the next 10 years . . . To reach this goal, we must increase the supply of alternative fuels, by setting a mandatory fuels standard to require 35 billion gallons of renewable and alternative fuels in 2017.”

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

NPR reports on the hidden hazards of compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs contain trace amounts of mercury that can be released when the bulbs break. The concern is not for consumers but rather those who handle our solid waste. As recycling programs for CFLs are not yet in place in many cities, some people are tempted to toss them into their municipal trash, where invariably they will break and leave residues on trash cans, dumpsters, and trash trucks. Bad idea.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The vapor is 1,000 times the atmospheric mercury limits imposed by the EPA.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

CBC investigation finds that 13% of tuna on shelves (sampled from Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto) exceeded Health Canada guidelines for allowable mercury in tuna.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

How gov't decided lunch box lead levels- In 2005, government scientists found that one in five soft, vinyl lunch boxes contained amounts of lead that medical experts consider unsafe. But that's not what they told the public.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Pump Handle’s David Michaels calls this triumph of investigative journalism to our attention.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

So you’re picking out flowers to mail your loved ones for Valentines Day, but guess what else you’ll be sending them—according to the Associated Press, the flowers you send will be “sprayed, rinsed, and dipped in a battery of lethal chemicals.”

Monday, February 12, 2007

The perfume you give your Valentine may contain unwanted—and unlisted— ingredients: toxic chemicals. But this Valentine's Day you can show your loved ones you really care with safer choices from the researchers at Environmental Working Group.

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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Last night I watched the agricultural documentary How to Save the World. The film follows New Zealand bio-dynamic farmer Peter Proctor to India where he works with farmers to transition from chemical intensive agriculture to bio-dynamic farming methods which combine spiritual and holistic practices with organic agriculture to operate
a farm as a closed self-nourishing system.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has stepped up his allegations against developed countries, demanding that they take a larger role against climate change. President Lula’s accusations followed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s announcement that poor nations will be the most affected by climate change.

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