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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.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Elliott_bay_sludge.jpgI was never rewarded for doing chores when I was a child. I was a part of the household, my mother told me, and she wasn’t going to applaud or pay me just because I did my part to help out.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

There's a teach-in here in DC this weekend on the triple crisis of climate change, peak oil, and resource depletion. Jovana is planning on attending, so hopefully we'll get to hear all about it on Monday.

Friday, September 14, 2007

toothless tiger.jpgLook up “toothless tiger” in the dictionary, and you’ll see a picture of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

childmortalitydecline.jpgPBDE uptake patterns appear to be changing. In a study of families in Spain, the presence of specific chemicals mirrored that usually seen in electronics employees.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

malefemalesignsMore girls than boys are being born in certain Inuit villages in the Arctic, and scientists say man-made chemicals are to blame. Women were tested for the level of PCBs (pervasive hormone mimicking chemicals) in their bodies, and the results showed that women with extremely high levels of the chemicals were more likely to give birth to girls.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

nofastfood.jpgIn South L.A., fast food is king. It's cheap and abundant, with 20 eateries inside of a quarter-mile stretch, and other options are few and far between. The area's residents live off the stuff, and as a result they're about 10% more obese than other L.A. residents. With movements across the country to "legislate health" by banning trans fats and making school lunches healthier, the South L.A.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

greentea.jpgA little light reading to get you through your Wednesday.

In response to a reader comment, Marc at Ethicurean boils the Food and Farm Bill down to a handful of easy to understand talking points. Now calling your senator will be a piece of cake! (Cake made with organic ingredients, of course.)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

firefightermask.jpgIn the minutes following the attacks on the World Trade Center, the paramedics, firefighters and others who risked their lives to save others weren’t thinking about the chemical content of the dust they were inhaling with every breath. Six years later, many of them are battling illnesses because of that dust, and the media is starting to pay attention.

Monday, September 10, 2007

asthmainhalor.jpgAsthma goes back to school. In LA, 63,000 students battle breathing problems caused by air pollution and moldy buildings. Can they carry their inhalers at school? Nobody seems sure.

Monday, September 10, 2007

bodyburdenfactory.jpgYou don’t need me to tell you that poor folks are more likely to find themselves dealing with illnesses induced by environmental toxins (although clearly if you give me half a chance I will). Most toxic chemicals – the kind that spill out of industrial factories and result from mining operations, for example – discriminate against the poor, whose homes (for a variety of reasons) are often nearby to such operations.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

So EWG designed a little gadget, ages ago, that allows users to find out who's getting farm subsidies (and how much, and where). We call it the Farm Subsidy Database (creative, I know). The database uses google maps to show where people receiving subsidies live. The funny thing is, there are lots of people who receive subsidies living in all of the most populated cities in the country -- like, for example, Manhattan. Guess I must've missed those Central Park cornfields.

Friday, September 7, 2007

greenpeacestopdioxin.jpgI wonder what health insurance costs are like in Mossville, Louisiana?

Thursday, September 6, 2007

soda.jpgA UK study published today in the Lancet reveals that certain food additives, including sodium benzoate and some colorings, likely play a role in the increasingly frequent diagnosis of ADHD in children. Researchers gave drink mixtures of additives to nearly three hundred children and, sure enough, they got rowdy. The chemicals affected some children more strongly than others, but effects were noted across the board, in the general population as well as in children with diagnosed ADHD.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Tuesday, September 4, 2007

girlatfountain.jpgThirsty students at Clough Elementary in Mendon, MA were treated to something refreshing when they returned to school last week: Water in the building's bubblers no longer contains rocket fuel.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

When few in America really understand what's at stake in the farm bill, and junk food is trying to run away with the subsidies again, what's a wholesome apple to do?

Friday, August 31, 2007

Official_roberts_CJ.jpgChief Justice John Roberts doesn't believe sunscreens need to be regulated. Apparently he has all the protection he needs -- we hear those robes offer excellent skin cancer prevention.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

peanutbutterjelly.jpgI went through a phase, around second grade, when all I would take for lunch was peanut butter and jelly (creamy, and mint jelly, please. The green kind. Yes, I did get made fun of). My little sister is seven years younger than me, and by the time she was in second grade she and her classmates weren't allowed to bring PB&J for lunch because there were other students with severe peanut allergies.