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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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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!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mixed Greens PodcastBetween pharmaceuticals and fluorocilicic acid, this edition of Mixed Greens is all wet.

Mixed Greens is EWG's environmental health podcast. You can subscribe in iTunes or in a reader, or listen right here in your browser. Check out previous episodes for more Mixed Greens goodness!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

baby_seeks_breast.jpgWhen EWG examined the cord blood of 10 American infants, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) were among the 287 chemicals we found already circulating in their little bodies.

Monday, March 24, 2008

postcard_final.jpgBRAITHWAITE, La. – A highly corrosive acid that leaked from a storage facility at a chemical plant could have eaten through adjacent storage tanks to cause a "catastrophic" mix of toxic chemicals. . . The dangerously corrosive material can irritate or burn the skin, eyes, lungs and other mucous membranes.

Friday, March 21, 2008

fishing_potomac.jpgSpecially designed pseudo-fish constructed by U.S. Geological Survey scientists and suspended in the Potomac absorb chemicals including pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fragrances that contaminate the river, according to a recent Washington Post article.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

lead.jpg A new study tested over 1200 children's products still found on store shelves and found that 35 percent contain lead!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

writing_machine.jpgLadies and gents, it is high time for a blogroll update 'round these parts. Over there on the left you'll see our revised blogroll, filled with titles that we think will be of interest to you, our readers. Of course, this list doesn't begin to cover the vast array of blogs that I and the other Envirobloggers read on a regular basis, but there isn't room for a list that long!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

earthworm.jpgAh, the lowly earthworm. As the animal kingdom goes, it doesn't get more humble -- and as far as agriculture goes, it hardly gets more important. Without earthworms to plow up the undersoil and leave important nutrients behind them, our farms and gardens would be sad little places.

Monday, March 17, 2008

postcard_final.jpgOne of the glories of life in Northern California is the annual harvest of wild chinook salmon. We mark the beginning of summer by the first backyard barbecue of grilled chinook (although many people mistakenly call it king salmon). Paired with a bottle of pinot noir, a perfectly charred salmon steak with a drizzle of Meyer lemon is enough to make you forget the cost of housing and the threat of earthquakes.

Friday, March 14, 2008

natural products contain carcinogenic contaminantLet this be a lesson to us all: Just because a product is labeled natural or organic doesn't mean that there's nothing in it you want to avoid.

Friday, March 14, 2008

drinking_water.jpgGood news! Thanks to the crack investigative team at the Associated Press, Americans who commonly use prescriptions for such things as mood swings, cholesterol, infections, asthma, epilepsy, or just those general pesky pains many of us have from a life spent abusing our bodies may never need to wait in line at the pharmacy again.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

bpadrinking_kid.jpgWhen we posted a little analysis of the new research on the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) leaching from polycarbonate bottles, we had no idea how many questions it would inspire.