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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

farm subsidy databaseAnd what a shameful abdication of leadership it represents.

Monday, December 17, 2007

postcard_final.jpgNearly 10 years ago, when EWG and other California environmental groups were sounding the alarm over the dangers of methyl bromide and other airborne pesticides drifting from farm fields into schools and subdivisions, the state’s pesticide agency tried to pooh-pooh our concerns with this twisted logic:

Friday, December 14, 2007

Copperhill circa 1940Stories of renewal come from the strangest places -- like, for example, The New York Times' travel section. This is a good one, and well timed. I, for one, could use a little hope today.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

olive_tree.jpgA little light reading. . .

Now that's my kind of gift guide. We've seen a lot of gift guides for children around these parts lately, and while that's certainly important, I haven't seen any great guides for like-minded adults -- until now. Ethicurean's got the goods. (Although, it should be noted, it's not all "goods" in the traditional consumer sense. Adopt a tree, anyone?)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Steaming_coffee_cup.gifA new prioritization process has bumped caffeine and bisphenol A to the front of the list of toxic chemicals for review in California this year.

Monday, December 10, 2007

stockmarket.gifIt seems that investors are planning to use the power of the market to influence the production of plastics and the problems that go with it. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that there have been a remarkable number of shareholder resolutions filed for publicly held companies for their use of potentially toxic chemicals. Seven have been filed for 2008 already.

Monday, December 10, 2007

jbrown.jpg It’s no secret California Attorney General Jerry Brown wants to return to the governor’s office he held from 1975 to 1983. But for a guy whose family name is synonymous with “Democrat” and is viewed nationally as a beyond-liberal lefty (far from it), it’s interesting that on the environment he’s staking out the same turf as Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

storyofstuff.gif Free Range Studios has done it again, this time by teaming up with sustainability and environmental health expert Annie Leonard to produce The Story of Stuff, a twenty-minute film documenting the reality behind the "materials economy." From resource exploitation and environmental degradation to planned and perceived obsolescence, we're not running the materials economy -- it's running us.

Friday, December 7, 2007

nuclear symbolIn a post earlier this week, Sierra Club president Carl Pope discusses the "dangerous distraction" of nuclear power:

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Print Our GuideMaking the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. —Elizabeth Stone

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Question: Is it true that the cosmetics industry can put any chemical into a product's "fragrance" without showing it on the ingredients list? What do they put in there?

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Sonya%20and%20Leif.jpgDid that get your attention?

Unfortunately, it's true. EWG released a report today detailing our analysis of children's exposure to BPA through infant formula. Look for a more detailed post here tomorrow.

Monday, December 3, 2007


Monday, December 3, 2007

urban-harvest.jpgA friend visited from California a few weeks ago. Sitting on the couch in my apartment, he noticed the pomegranate sitting in my fruit bowl and smiled.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

There's a lot going on here at EWG headquarters. I know that, since you're such a loyal reader, you've already subscribed to the Enviroblog feed (haven't you?), but now we've got another way for you to stay up-to-date on EWG's environmental health work. Friends, meet the Toxics Feed.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

asbestos_scan.jpgFirst lead, now asbestos: Holiday toy shopping is tougher than ever.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

lead testingBlood lead level considered "safe" by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control: 10 µg/dL

Blood lead level shown to have a negative impact on intellectual functioning: 5-9.9 µg/dL

Child IQ at these levels: 4.9 points lower

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Google's Earth Day logoThe thing about business is this: the goal is to make money. In fact, if a corporation does not act in its own best financial interest, it's legally liable to shareholders. That's a fact that often gets overlooked in the environmental community, where we seem to believe that companies should switch to sustainable practices out of the goodness of their hearts, regardless of how much it will cost them.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

groundwater.jpg In Neodesha, Kansas, BP is a dirty word. Residents of that city, along with the county, the school district, and a pair of private landowners, are suing the corporation for $423 million. They allege that BP intentionally mislead the community by promising to clean up pollution left by their own company and their predecessors while they actually never intended to at all.

Monday, November 26, 2007

printer Last week the LA Times ran an article about a trend in which email senders add a tag line to their outgoing messages, encouraging the recipient to “consider the impact on the environment before printing this email.”