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Elaine
Elaine Shannon, Editor-in-Chief.

Elaine is a former correspondent for TIME and Newsweek magazines, a Neiman fellow at Harvard University and author of three books about terrorism, espionage and the global drug trade. She and husband Dan Morgan, a Washington Post correspondent, hike, ski, kayak and serve as pit crew for son Shannon Morgan, a Colorado College environmental science student and cycle racer.

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The next big green things

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...

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...

BPA Wrecks Sex, Fouls Food — and Worse

BPA Wrecks Sex, Fouls Food — and Worse
When people ask whether modern synthetics are damaging their health and endangering future generations, Topic A is nearly always bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen, an integral component of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins and one of the highest volume industrial chemicals in existence. Now...

FDA Under Pressure for BPA Food Safety Rules

FDA Under Pressure for BPA Food Safety Rules
As a key deadline approaches, scientists and environmental health advocates are ramping up pressure on the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rein in food contamination from bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic component and synthetic estrogen  detected in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans tested. During...

New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation, Tumors

New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation, Tumors
Two new international studies implicating cell phone in some forms of brain tumors are deepening scientists’ worries about the long-term consequences of human exposure to cell phone radiation, especially among children and heavy cell phone users. An Australian-European research team reported in the...

Curbing the Erin Brockovich Chemical

Curbing the Erin Brockovich Chemical
Back in 1991, a young paralegal poking around in some real estate files noticed a peculiar concentration of cancer in tiny Hinkley, CA. The rest was almost history. Erin Brockovich’s find led to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, whose compressor station, California state investigators determined ,...

SIGG: It’s not easy not being green

SIGG:  It’s not easy not being green
SIGG Switzerland AG’s roster of stars who tote and tout its aluminum-and-synthetic water bottles reads like a A-list party at Cannes. Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, Zac Effron , Lucy Liu, Tobey Maguire, Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba – and more. How long will the company hang...

Can SIGG Salvage Its Name Post-BPA?

Can SIGG Salvage Its Name Post-BPA?
Last week, Steve Wasik, chief executive officer of SIGG Switzerland, made an astonishing admission: the company’s aluminum water bottles manufactured before August 2008 had been made with epoxy resin that contains bisphenol A (BPA). “The primary reason that I am writing this letter today is...

Groundhog Day at FDA

Groundhog Day at FDA
Remember the 1993 film Groundhog Day? Bill Murray’s TV weatherman found himself trapped in a time warp in a turgid little town and despaired, “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” That locked-in-place feeling...

EPA may crack down on rocket fuel in drinking water

EPA may crack down on rocket fuel in drinking water
Fulfilling a confirmation pledge, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Lisa P. Jackson is revisiting the Bush administration’s refusal to regulate rocket fuel pollution in the nation’s drinking water. Jackson’s move, announced Wednesday, is being welcomed by the environmental community and...
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