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Monday, April 21, 2008

MTR_site.jpgThis is a guest post by EWG's Lauren Glickman, who is not afraid of the boogieman.

Friday, April 18, 2008

pitcher_filter_photo.jpgWe're always telling you to filter your water 'round these parts. It's true, a good carbon filter will get rid of most common pollutants (though not all), and they're a lot less expensive than a reverse-osmosis system. But every couple of months or so, you're left with a grit-filled hunk of plastic that can't be recycled. There's nothing to do with an old filter but throw it out -- and that hardly seems eco-friendly.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Eddie_lion.jpgEd. note: This post comes to us from a friend and colleague of ours, Eddie. For more of his work, visit Pets for the Environment.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ed. note: This is a post by Howie, EWG's social media intern. Howie's a student at American University here in DC.

Monday, April 14, 2008

postcard_final.jpgTwenty years ago, in a Berkeley attic, freelance journalist John Javna wrote and self-published one of the most important books of 20th Century environmentalism. 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth went on to sell 5 million copies.

Friday, April 11, 2008

phthalates linked to asthmaThe smell of a new car, that new shower curtain odor, and those off-gassing carpets recently installed in your office have one thing in common: these consumer products contain plastics chemicals that can become volatile, spread through air and hit our olfactory systems. And we are accustomed to consider such chemical smells a good thing. Who wouldn't like to have the status symbol of a new car, volatile chemicals and all?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

pig placenta drinkAh, it's a great day to be a woman! In fact, every day is a great day to be a woman, especially when it comes to the sacrifices made for beauty. Women are known to make numerous beauty sacrifices, depending on the century they live in, their culture, race and their own priorities.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A little light reading for your mid-week enjoyment. garlic for allergiesFactory farms in the ocean? Smorgasbord tells you what you need to know about offshore aquaculture.

Another way to reduce consumption: share stuff. What a novel idea!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Mixed Greens environmental health podcastIt seems Congress has caught on to industry's dirty tricks -- find out what they're doing about it in this episode of Mixed Greens. Plus, EPA cozies up to the chemical industry, and PFOA persists in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Monday, April 7, 2008

toxic toys in Washington StateEd. note: This post is by EWG's social media intern Akua, who gets to spend most of her time playing around on MySpace and reading blogs -- lucky woman.

Monday, April 7, 2008

snow in IowaWhen you speak, as we often do, in parts per million, it can be hard to have a sense of what that means. For example, did you know that measurements of just 0.1 ppm of ammonia in water can cause problems for fish and other aquatic life?

Friday, April 4, 2008

Breast cancer rates are rising all over the world, not just in the U.S. A recent World Health Organization report states that the disease has dramatically risen in the last 20 years, in some countries even doubling. The projection for Europe is that one in 10 women will develop breast cancer. One of the ways to reduce the disease is to remove dangerous, hormone disrupting chemicals that we are exposed to through cosmetics.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008's that you say? You want -- nay, need -- more EWG goodness? I believe that can be arranged. . .

Have you seen EWG's awesomely revamped MySpace page?

Are you a fan of EWG? (On Facebook, that is.)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

sea_cucumber.jpgA little light reading for your mid-week enjoyment.

On a need-to-know basis.Food and Water Watch reports on USDA's new proposed recall rule -- they may tell you what they know about recalled meat. Then again, they may not.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

chickadee with deformed beakNo one seems quite sure what's happening to birds in the Pacific Northwest, but whatever it is, it's tragic -- and it makes Bud Anderson of the Falcon Research Group want to puke.

Monday, March 31, 2008

postcard_final.jpgOn any given day, the hottest spot in the United States is likely to be somewhere in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts that straddle the borders of California, Arizona and Nevada. Last Fourth of July it was 126 in Death Valley, and that wasn't even the hottest day of the year. (Weather geeks alert: USA TODAY has tables of the daily highs and lows in the continental U.S. dating back to 1995.)

Friday, March 28, 2008

sunscreen_helps.jpgMy favorite time of year is coming up really soon: flip flops and outside patios in restaurants, and I will be a happy person! But it's also the time of the year when I start wearing sunscreens (and you should too). Last summer, EWG created a great guide to sunscreens that I will be using again.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

cat_water_bottle.jpgA little light reading for your mid-week enjoyment. Make sure to scroll to the bottom for a call to action, and when you're done with that, be our friend on MySpace!