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Because pesticides on your food aren't bad enough

Worried about your cantaloupe catching fire? You might not have to anymore! Your fruits and veggies may be doused in Deca, a flame retardant chemical and known neurotoxin.

When breast cancer has 'No Family History'

A while back, EWG staff scientist Olga Naidenko wrote here about the need to focus breast cancer research on prevention - with an emphasis on the role of carcinogens.

Puberty is tough enough without BPA

Every child's journey through puberty is different, but you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone describe the experience as "wonderful," "awesome" or "let's play two!"

EWG's Tips to avoid BPA exposure

EWG is working hard to pass laws that limit or ban the dangerous chemical BPA. But until they pass, we think you should have the latest info on sources of exposure and our tips to avoid them on your...

FRAC Act Gains House Supporters

A bill to establish federal oversight for a controversial oil and natural gas extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing has gained six more House supporters, four of them from New York City...

BPA Invades the Womb

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the outcry over Rachel Carson's path-breaking Silent Spring and global mobilization around the first Earth Day spurred scientists to attempt to quantify how much pollution...

State of the Rockies Project Studies Big Ag

If you're a Westerner - and what American isn't, really? -- Colorado College's State of the Rockies Project is a must-read, must-bookmark web destination.

Vote for EWG Prez Ken Cook on Huff Post

We get called a lot of names at EWG -- it comes with the territory. Some more flattering than others, but there's one that sums it up -- "Game Changers." So it's no surprise that our very own Ken Cook...

Chesapeake Bay residents are part of the solution

By Lisa Frack and Michelle Perez Earlier this month, EWG released a report about the Chesapeake Bay water quality crisis. The report focuses on agriculture's heavy - if unintended - damage to the Bay...

Dear SIGG, We think you should....

SIGG CEO Steve Wasik called EWG's President, Ken Cook, earlier today to discuss our response to his recent announcement that SIGG water bottles did in fact contain the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA)...

BPA: Can consumer revolt trump K Street?

Don't underestimate the power of a consumer revolt. No hearings. No votes. No PAC money. No lawyers. (Yes!) No lobbying. Advertising -- Facebook and Twitter, virtual and viral. And free.

Are you addicted to plastic?

A few months ago my family undertook - and managed to survive - a week without buying anything plastic. Like not one single thing - including sliced bread bags (just try and buy sandwich bread without...

Make it personal & political on Earth Day

At EWG, we work to provide useful, science-based information to help you safeguard your family from environmental hazards. We also work to reform federal policy on toxic chemicals so that the earth is...

Bottled water exposed - in pictures

Cartoon depicting bottled water issues.

A new target for deadly lead?

Yesterday Janet Raloff of Science News wrote about a new study linking lead levels in older women to an increased risk of mortality. Women whose blood lead levels measure > 8 micrograms per deciliter...

Perchlorate -- Let's Get Serious

Sun! Finally! The kid and husband were at a cycling race, so Saber the Wonder Dog and I drove out to the Shenandoah Valley and hit the trail that runs along the waterfalls. Last week's rains were...

So what products CAN we use?

Every time a report is released that reveals toxics in our consumer products, it's only natural to wonder what you can buy once you've learned what you can't.

Is there PFOA in my butter?

What do popcorn bags, muffin and croissant bags, hamburger and sandwich wrappers, pizza box liners, French fry and hash brown bags and butter boxes have in common? If your guess was "savory food...

When "pure" is not pure or how did our lack of regulations allow cancer-causing chemicals in baby's products

Being a parent should not be a scary thing. It is supposed to be the time of joy, fun and reward. Ok, and a few boo-boos. But trying to keep your child clean and healthy is serious business...

House holds hearing on broken toxic law

Special to Enviroblog by Sandra Schubert, EWG Director of Government Affairs Yesterday's hearing in the House of Representatives clearly showed the need for reform of TSCA. All ten witnesses -...

No, no, our asbestos is the safe kind

Over two decades, W.R. Grace & Co. slowly killed hundreds of workers at its Libby, Mont. asbestos mine. It's one of the most notorious cases in the annals of environmental crime – but Grace may escape...

So what's the beef with climate?

Carbon is the primary culprit, contributing 70 percent of global greenhouse gases. But let's not forget that ever-so-sly methane molecule (CH4) that boasts 21 times more global warming potential per...

Call 911-SMOG

If a deadly strain of an exotic disease were ravaging Los Angeles, the state and federal governments would waste no time declaring a public health emergency. The Department of Health Services and the...

Diplomas and nose jobs

The number of cosmetic surgeries performed on teenagers has nearly doubled in the last five years. Teenagers still account for just about 2 percent of cosmetic surgery patients in the US, but this...