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Spotlighting women’s health for Women’s Health Month

Women’s relationship to the environment is unique in many ways, with lifestyle choices and habits presenting special challenges, because some of the personal care products they use may contain harmful...

What effect do melanin and sunscreen have on vitamin D levels?

Why do people with heavily pigmented skin often have lower levels of vitamin D, and how does sunscreen play a role? These are questions researchers are trying to answer.

What if the U.S. produced all the world’s beef?

The U.S. leads the world in beef production – only Brazil and China even come close. But what does this mean for the climate crisis?

This cancer-causing chemical may be lurking in your bread

Many packaged baked goods are made with flour that may contain potassium bromate, an additive linked to cancer. The chemical is added to flour to strengthen dough and allow it to rise higher, benefits...

U.S. government’s $650 billion buying power could move markets to PFAS-free products

Curbing the needless use of the toxic "forever chemicals" known as PFAS could end their cycle of contamination, and the U.S. government has an extraordinary ability to move markets to PFAS-free...

Fast-food restaurants should ditch packaging coated in ‘forever chemicals’

Some fast-food restaurants are moving quickly to get the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS out of food packaging, but others have not committed to phasing them out.

Study finds new link between lead in private waters wells and juvenile delinquency

A first-time study of the link between early-life exposure to lead in private water wells and juvenile delinquency finds that children who get lead-laced drinking water from private wells have much...

Climate change isn’t high priority for $1.2 billion USDA farm stewardship program

One of the Department of Agriculture’s largest farm stewardship programs doesn’t make a big enough priority of helping farmers reduce greenhouse gases – even though food and farming emissions keep...

New lawsuit contends period products contain ‘forever chemicals’

Period products have come under fire in the past for containing high levels of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Now another manufacturer of period underwear is in legal hot water because their...

Stifling solar: Duke Energy’s long war against North Carolina clean energy

Duke Energy is asking North Carolina utility regulators to approve a plan that could stifle the growth of renewable solar power in the state while hiking ratepayers’ bills – the latest in the monopoly...

Addressing misinformation on the internet about EWG’s ratings systems

A recent viral social media post about a Bath & Body Works air freshener makes inaccurate and misleading allegations about EWG’s product ratings systems.

Tackling the rising climate costs of American food and farming

Even if the U.S. stopped burning fossil fuels tomorrow, rising greenhouse gas emissions from food and farming could make a climate catastrophe unavoidable.

EWG letter published in JAMA Oncology: 'Evidence Base on the Potential Carcinogenicity of Radiofrequency Radiation'

Recent research points to the cancer risks caused by radiofrequency radiation from wireless communication devices, EWG says in a letter this week to JAMA Oncology’s editor.

EWG: ‘Forever chemicals’ may taint nearly 20 million cropland acres

The toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS could be contaminating nearly 20 million acres of U.S. cropland, according to an EWG estimate.

EWG analysis: Almost all new food chemicals greenlighted by industry, not the FDA

Nearly 99 percent of all food chemicals introduced since 2000 were greenlighted for use by the food and chemical industry, according to a new EWG analysis – not by the Food and Drug Administration...

The local environmental disasters that inconvenience bitcoin’s apologists

EWG knew the campaign we’ve joined to confront bitcoin’s serious energy and climate challenges would generate strong reactions from the bitcoin community.

Why does EWG release its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ each year?

With its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, released almost every year since 2004, EWG’s goal is to educate the public about pesticides on popular fruits and vegetables so consumers can make...

It’s time to reform the Conservation Reserve Program – but not for the reason you might think

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was right to reject efforts this week to allow farmers to plow up lands enrolled in the Agriculture Department’s Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, to grow more...

Spring is in the air – let’s make sure toxic chemicals aren’t

It’s spring, and many Americans are cleaning out their homes and throwing away what they no longer need. Let’s make sure this happens without using toxic chemicals.
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