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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical found in many products. Use EWG's Triclosan to identify and avoid this toxic chemical in dish soap, personal care and other antibacterial products.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

soap_Anthony_Salvi.jpgWhat exactly is that stuff you're washing your hands with?

The Environmental Working Group is releasing a report Thursday morning about antibacterial chemicals in consumer products -- and we think you'll be surprised to find out how many products this stuff is in.

We're inviting Enviroblog readers to join EWG Scientist Rebecca Sutton for a video Q&A about the report tomorrow (Thursday, July 17th) at 4:30 EST.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

bubbly waterSo, how do you feel about bubbly water?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

stinkin' cute baby for Kid-Safe Chemical Act (KSCA)Imagine a flame-retardant chemical so clearly toxic that the National Cancer Institute, the World Health Organization and the Consumer Product Safety Commission all consider it harmful. Enough studies document its link to cancer that manufacturers no longer use it in children's pajamas. It's also clearly linked reproductive and developmental problems in lab animals.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

postcard_final.jpgRaise your hand if you want your food packaging – hamburger wrappers, french-fry bags, pizza boxes – coated with cancer-causing Teflon chemicals that pollute the bodies of unborn babies and Arctic polar bears. How about baby bottles and sippy cups made with hormone-disrupting chemicals that are about to be banned in Canada and that Wal-Mart and Target have pulled off the shelf?

I didn't think so.

Friday, July 11, 2008

agricultural chemicals feminize toadsLiving on or near agricultural land has feminizing effects on male cane toads, according to a recent report by Florida scientists. After comparing toads from a range of areas, from non-agricultural suburbia to 97% farmland, they found that male farm toads were more likely to have female physical traits.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

population.jpgI don't believe that it's the rising worldwide population that is leading to the environmental problems we are facing today. While I have to acknowledge that population growth plays a small role in it, I believe that most environmental degradation comes from the behavior of that population. Especially concerning is the behavior of the few developed countries that contribute much more to global degradation than the less developed ones.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Cheney deletes EPA climate change testimonyA former EPA adviser alleges that Vice President Dick Cheney's office pressured the agency to delete nearly half of their testimony on the public health effects of climate change.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

greenwashing: no comment.Dear Advertisers,

When he spoke at your annual international conference in Cannes a year ago, Al Gore asked you to use your powers for good instead of evil. By emphasizing the environment, he said, advertisers could put pressure on consumers and businesses to make better choices and slow the tide of global warming.

I've got another request for you now: Give us a break already!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

postcard_final.jpgI was going to go for the obvious today and tell you why fireworks are bad for the environment. But you already know that, right? It's a story that involves our old nemesis, perchlorate, and people who would dare to ask for an environmental assessment of year-round fireworks at a marine life park.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

public transitThis post is by EWG's stellar media intern, Sameem.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

grocery gap widensAs a Seattle native I regularly browse my hometown papers, and last week I stumbled onto a story about a new supermarket opening up just a mile or so from my boyhood home. The idea that a news article about a new Safeway would pique my interest may seem a little strange, but in light of the dwindling number of grocery stores in the inner-cities of America, this article caught my eye.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mixed Greens environmental health podcastDoes your sunscreen work? Probably says so on the bottle, but don't be so sure. In this edition of Mixed Greens, we break down how to choose a better sunscreen based on EWG's updated 2008 sunscreen report. Plus, we reveal the brand-leading company without a single recommended product.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 out of 5.

That's how many sunscreens failed EWG's examination this summer season. Seriously -- 4. Out of every 5. That's WAY too many.

I mean, I guess it could be because we set the standards so high. We actually expected sunscreens to be safe and effective. Silly us!

Monday, June 30, 2008

postcard_final.jpgIn April, I told you about how citizen protests had forced the state to rethink its plans to spray an artificial pheremone over urban Northern California to eradicate a pest called the light brown apple moth.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Dog on the lawnYou know that old folk song about little boxes on the hillside? If it were written now, songwriter Melvina Reynolds would likely have added a verse about little yellow flags on the lawns.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hacker BarbieIf I had a daughter, she would not be playing with Barbies. Besides the fact that I would want her to have different ideas of womanhood than Barbie present, I would be a afraid for her health!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Gulf dead zoneIn honor of EPA's June 2008 "Action Plan," three members of the Mississippi River Water Quality Collaborative* explain why the EPA report amounts to an “Inaction Plan” and will have little effect on reducing the oxygen-starved Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

jarsSometimes it's hard to write about this stuff. Here I am, day and and day out, telling you that food packaged in glass containers is a better alternative to canned food -- and it is. But the results from recent tests by an Australian non-profit suggest that even jars pose potential risks.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Beijing, China on a smoggy dayHere, we call them cancer clusters. Their existence is practically denied much of the time, and when it is acknowledged the polluting industries in the neighborhood often deny any culpability.