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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.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

tapwater_isdky.jpga little light reading for your mid-week enjoyment.

Everybody's talking about drugs in the water. . . except the people who ought to be. The Pump Handle's got that story. And if you've got questions, Siel's got answers (thank goodness).

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 the U.S. government, add a dash of industry consultants and front groups, and the results may be hazardous to your health.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Congress to overhaul CPSCIt was just about a year ago that the first of 2007's major recalls began. Tainted pet food was scary and shocking to the country's millions of pet owners. (My own dogs had been eating the food that was recalled, and in the midst of the whole debacle the eldest grew sick and passed away. We'll never know if it was the food or if it was just his time.)

Monday, March 10, 2008

postcard_final.jpgSacramento's not such a bad place: The summer heat and lousy air quality are balanced by the outdoor recreational opportunities and an unpretentious, small-town feel. But if you're a international movie star used to the bright lights of Hollywood and you somehow get yourself elected governor of California, surely you can't be expected to actually live there.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Week35_waste_Beth_Terry.jpgI received a perfectly-timed email from Beth of Fake Plastic Fish this morning -- if you're sick and tired of gadgets that break and can't be fixed, and especially if you've got a story to share, you'll want to keep reading.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

We are all used to coming up with solutions to problems. And new business opportunities are so often the solution for crisis situations here in America. But, buying green is not always the solution for the environmental crisis this planet is facing. Buying less is.

I get it. I'm a girl, you know. While I am not a shopaholic by any means, there are certain things I cannot live without. But then, there are many I can even though it looks like I cannot.

According to Sierra Club:

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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

Mmm, phthalates! Kathy at Safe Mama gives us another easy way to reduce our exposure.

Eat your heart out, Lassie. Dizzy the recycling dog is reducing her carbon pawprint, one bottle at a time.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

deodorant.jpgThe creation and use of fragrances and cosmetics is one of most ancient arts known to humans. Just think of the diverse tribal cultures that use facial and body painting, or recall the stories of the glamor of Cleopatra and the (in)famously luxurious Roman parties drenched in rose perfumes. In the natural world as well, colorful (peacocks) or highly odorous (musk deer) males do everything in their power to attract females.

Monday, March 3, 2008

postcard_final.jpgYour french-fry container or pizza box may be delivering a dose of toxic chemicals with your meal. Those and many other types of food packages have stain-proof or grease-proof linings made with chemicals called PFCs that are linked in animal tests to cancer or reproductive harm.

Friday, February 29, 2008

ground beef recall

UPDATE: If you're interested in this subject, you've got to check out the Doreen the Downer cartoon.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

poorclimate.jpgWe all know that rich and poor are differently affected by things in life. That fact is no different when we talk about the climate change, an issue that affects all of us. In fact, not only are they more affected then rich, but the world's poor might even need insurance to deal with their needs rising from the climate change.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

perfume.jpgA recent New York Times article glowingly portrays the lucrative business of developing patented fragrance ingredients, likening these new and exclusive fragrance chemicals to patented active ingredients in medications.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mixed Greens podcastThis edition of EWG's podcast Mixed Greens is all about food -- and it's dedicated to celebrity chef Tyler Florence. You can subscribe in iTunes or in a reader, or listen right here in your browser.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

forest_fire.jpgEvery year, billions of gallons of fire retardants are dropped on forests across the nation. Those chemicals take their toxic toll, but then, so do forest fires. In fact, the National Interagency Fire Center has already contained 78 large fires this year.

Monday, February 25, 2008

not_a_drop_1.jpg With droughts parching extensive tracts of land from the Southeast to the Western states, worries over future water shortages sound ever louder and more urgent. Yet few of us actually imagine the bleak look of a world where water may be rationed, sold to the highest bidder or distributed by the government between various competing needs.

Friday, February 22, 2008

park_child.jpgThis is what it's come to: In a neighborhood in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, residents are being advised to avoid all contact with dirt and dust. The soil in Durrs is so contaminated with toxic chemicals resulting from a garbage incinerator that, for years, blanketed the future sites of buildings, yards and parks with a layer of ash.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

bebe.jpgWe've been talking about this for years--chemical exposures do add up and can have adverse health effects, including chronic diseases and infertility. A new study, published in the British Medical Journal proves that point one more time.