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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

conventionalpigfarm.jpgResearchers at the University of Illinois have concluded that antibiotic resistance created by the nearly ubiquitous use of antibiotics on large-scale hog farms is being transferred between organisms like it's a "relay race." Resistant bacteria end up in groundwater, which makes up 97 percent

Monday, August 27, 2007

obese.jpgRecent reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that currently over 17% of kids in the USA are overweight, and the number has tripled over the past 20 years. Childhood obesity is a serious issue with numerous consequences that continue over a lifespan.

There are numerous things that can lead to obesity. According to the American Obesity Association:

Monday, August 27, 2007

nonstick.jpgThat babies are being born with man-made chemicals in their bloodstreams isn't news in these parts, but the results of two studies released this month indicate direct physical effects from prenatal exposure.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

D&AD, a British organization which gives yearly awards for creativity in design, made sustainability the name of the game this year when they built part of their student film competition around iCount's 15 Steps. You can see the official winners at the competition website, but Youtube is full of gems like these.

Friday, August 24, 2007

lunarlanding.jpgIt's been nearly 30 years since the FDA acknowledged the need for sunscreen industry regulations, but it isn't because crafting regulations is too difficult a task for the U.S. government. It took the government less time to

  • Craft and sign the Declaration of Independence
  • Defeat Nazi Germany (granted, we had some help on that one)
  • Figure out that prohibition was a bad plan
  • Create the Medicare system
Thursday, August 23, 2007

sunscreen.gifTwenty-eight years after they first pledged to implement safety standards for sunscreens, the FDA has proposed regulations that would (among other things) require manufacturers to label sunscreens based on their ability to protect consumers from UVA rays. From the LA Times story:

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

mamasbaby.jpgThe hot topic among mothers at a play group this weekend was bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles. That's a shame, because it means those mothers -- and the Washington Post -- missed some crucial science.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

carbonshoesize.jpgI walk to work everyday. It's because I live in a walkable city, because I live fairly close to the office, because it's good for the planet and because I enjoy the exercise -- oh yeah, and because I never got my driver's license.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Mining laws have not changed since 1872 in the US. The General Mining Law of 1872 still rules mining hard rock metals, does not require royalties and sets no environmental safeguards. A new EWG report shows

“80 percent increase in uranium, gold and other mining claims in 12 western states over the past five years, including an explosion of uranium claims near the edge of Grand Canyon National Park. Across the West, more than 50,000 claims were staked from last September to this May alone.”

Monday, August 20, 2007

formaldehyde.jpgFormaldehyde may bring back fragrant memories of dissecting frogs in high school, but you wouldn't want to rub the stuff onto your skin -- or your children's. But a New Zealand study found that clothing made in China and shipped overseas may effectively be doing precisely that:

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Things to do: replace old, inefficient incandescent light bulbs with new, energy-saving CLFs.

Things not to do: poke self or others with cattle prod.

Got it?

Good.

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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