Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
The next big green things
Climate change dominates the headlines this month, and that’s likely to continue well into the new decade. But green issues don’t stop there. EWG predicts the next big stories on the environmental front: 1. Rising infertility, early puberty, obesity linked to endocrine-disrupting chemicals The...
Top 10 Environmental Stories of the Decade — That You Might Have Missed
EWG staffers put our heads together to come up with this list of bad news environmental stories over the last decade that people might have missed. But there were plenty of big stories that hardly anyone could have missed, such as climate change. What’s on your list of the biggest environmental...
Flame Retardant May Flame Out
When giant companies volunteer to phase out a money-making product, it’s big news. This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and three chemical manufacturing or import companies announced a deal to phase out the toxic flame retardant Decabromodiphenyl ether (Deca), heavily used in...
Tests Find Hundreds of Pollutants in U.S. Tap Water
Millions of Americans don’t trust that the water coming out of their taps is safe to drink. New research by Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests that for many, there’s good reason to be concerned. Over the last three years, EWG assembled an unprecedented database of 20 million tap water testing...
News About Pollution In People
Later this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will cast the issue of pollution and health into sharp focus with the release of the fourth and most ambitious edition of the National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. 212 Chemicals in 8,000 Americans The CDC biomonitoring...
Lautenberg Cites EWG Minority Cord Blood Report at Toxics Reform Hearing
At a hearing held before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and its Environmental Health panel on Wednesday, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, cited Environmental Working Group’s minority cord blood...
Why Are BPA and Other Chemicals in the Womb?
As a physician, I’m careful to ask my patients for a complete list of their medications  before prescribing another pharmaceutical because drugs that may not have any important side effects when taken individually can cause significant toxicity when mixed in the body. As a scientist specializing in...
EWG President and Co-founder Ken Cook voted Huffington Post’s Ultimate Green Game Changer
Recognized for his efforts in utilizing new media to fight misinformation and weak legislation on toxics and human health, EWG president and co-founder Ken Cook was named one of Huffington Post’s Top Ten Ultimate Green Game Changers. After weeks of voting, Arianna Huffington announced Ken as the winner...
A lot of Mercury in a lot of Fish
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released results of an 11-year study showing, for the first time ever, the average concentrations of 268 “persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic” (PBT) chemicals in American lake fish. Of the 268 chemicals, there were two the agency found in every...
Therapists Focus on Toxics and Kids
Here’s one measure of how much the issue of toxic contaminants’ effects on health and development — especially in children – has gained traction: A continuing education program aimed mostly at psychotherapists is devoting a day-long course to the subject this weekend in Boston. It’s...
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