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The rich, the poor and the environment

Is there a divide between rich and poor when we think of the environment? Absolutely. They are divided in many other ways, so the environment is no different. The field of environmental justice deals...

Ask EWG: How can I make my lawn non-toxic?

Ask EWG: How can I make my lawn non-toxic? We know spring has arrived when questions about lawn and garden care start arriving. Rick in Pennsylvania asks, "How can I keep my lawn green and healthy...

Cheatsheet: Bisphenol A (BPA)

What is it? Bisphenol A is a toxic plastics chemical found in polycarbonate plastic and the resinous lining of food cans. What are the possible health effects? In April of 2008, the National...

But it's "clean coal" isn't it?

This is a guest post by EWG's Lauren Glickman, who is not afraid of the boogieman. The myth of clean coal should be filed somewhere between stories of the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the magical...

Tell Clorox: Take back the filter!

We'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...

EWG pet health study spurs launch of new organization

Ed. note: This post comes to us from a friend and colleague of ours, Eddie. For more of his work, visit Pets for the Environment. Let's say, just for the sake of example, that you were a dog. Or a cat...

Out of the frying pan: Sludge fertilizer as the antidote to lead poisoning

For a second, there, I thought I was reading The Onion. No such luck. In separate studies in Baltimore and St. Louis, government-funded researchers spread sludge fertilizer on lawns and vacant lots in...

Toxic makeup all around the world

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...

Let's be friends!

What'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.)...

PFCs may concentrate in breast milk

When 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. PFCs make up the water and...

EnviroHealth in Blogs: Goods4Girls and drugs in the water

a 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...

Poor and uninsured. Sound familiar?

We 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...

CPSC: Last person out the door, hit the lights

What’s been happening over at the ol’ Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) since the Giants beat the Patriots in last Sunday’s Superbowl? Not much. On Monday, the CSPC lost virtually all...

EWG applauds CPSC's move toward safer furniture

After a decade delay, CPSC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking last Friday that would set new fire retardant standards for home furniture. In a rare victory for public health the rules would...

Sky-high lead levels in Galveston, TX

In Galveston, Texas, as many as one in five children have blood lead levels elevated enough to cause learning disabilities. One in five. Can you even imagine? But to date, not a single thing has been...

EWG serves up Mixed Greens

Okay people, get excited: EWG has a brand new podcast. Mixed Greens is your environmental health news update, featuring inside info from our staff of scientists and researchers and hosted by yours...

EnviroHealth in Blogs: What's green and fits in a manila envelope?

A little light reading for your mid-week enjoyment. John DeFore of Green Right Now is reporting that three federal agencies have made a commitment to choose EPEAT-certified computers from now on. NASA...

Air pollution linked to genetic mutations in mice

Okay, so you know that breathing polluted air is bad for your heart and, of course, your lungs. But did you know it might be bad for your swimmers, too? In a study performed in an industrial Canadian...

SMM: Do you feel pretty?

How can you turn $10 into $50,000 and help us expand Skin Deep all at the same time? One of the amazing things about the internet in general, and social media in particular, is the way in which...

What have they been waiting for?

Readers Dear- spotty internet access while traveling this week has led to an unfortunate dearth of posts, for which I apologize. I'm visiting family and friends in New England, New York, and New...

Where government fails, the market steps in

It 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...

SMM: Feed me, EWG!

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...

The business of green: My Burt's Bees prediction

Late last month, Clorox (makers of bleach, amongst other things) bought Burt's Bees (makers of "natural" personal care products) for nearly $100 million. A day or two later, the green blogosphere had...

Money for the Planet

Most people around the world are ready to make personal sacrifices for the benefit of the planet, according to a new BBC poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries. According to the BBC article: “Four...