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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...

An environmental organization disguised as a clothing company

This morning, NPR launched a series on how Americans are adapting to global warming with a feature on Patagonia, the Ventura outdoor clothing manufacturer.

Rocket fuel in your drinking water? We got just the man

This post is written by Enviroblogger Alex Formuzis. He is away from his computer today so I've posted it on his behalf.

Ask EWG: What is new carpet treated with? What can I do?

Question: I've heard nasty rumors regarding the treatment of carpet before it's sold and put into a house. I've heard that it's treated with some really bad chemicals, then rolled up and stored until...

Parts is parts

Big Oil is getting into the biodiesel game. On the surface that's good news. Last week I wrote about oil companies and how through their gas station franchises they are not allowing competing products...

Earth Day... again?

We used to call them MEGO stories: My Eyes Glaze Over.

Women's health conference in Pittsburgh

Teresa Heinz—in collaboration with the Heinz Foundation and the Magee-Women's Hospital of UMPC—sponsored a Women's Health and the Environment Conference on Friday, April 20, at the David L. Lawrence...

Real green heroes

For a respite from the mainstream media's celebrity-focused environmental coverage, check out the Earth Day edition of Quest from KQED-TV, San Francisco's PBS station.

Last Action Hero

Our governor, who was oiling his quads for the camera when Lois Gibbs was fighting a chemical catastrophe at Love Canal, is suddenly being hailed as an environmental hero.

Got MCS?

Awareness about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is increasing nationwide. Cities and states are implementing some form of awareness programs and numerous institutions nationwide are making their...

TSCA? No, thanks. Kid-Safe? Yes, please.

How old were you in 1976? I was 7, the #1 hit song was "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney and Wings, and gas cost 59 cents a gallon. These and most things have changed in the last 32 years, but not...

Am I my water's keeper?

Pharmaceuticals and plastic chemicals in marine and fresh waters. The concept of product stewardship, cradle-to-cradle, or, in more technical language, "life cycle assessment," has now acquired...

Tips from the make-up artist

Prior to working at EWG, I was the happy ignorant consumer. I got my cosmetics at the regular drug stores, believing that what I buy is safe, because, otherwise it wouldn’t be there. Since working...

Eco-nomics, the new kind of economics

If you live in Washington DC, as I do, there are two things that you hear about everywhere you turn- the U.S. presidential election and the economic crisis. The first topic will be resolved quickly...

Mr. Yuk: He's in my house, is he in yours?

So this is a little embarrassing. On the one hand, I'm pleased with myself for getting the Mr. Yuk stickers, preventing my children from sticking them everywhere, and applying them to the grim...

Green Chemistry: Breakthrough or bureaucratic dead end?

This analysis was written by EWG Executive Director Richard Wiles and Senior Analyst Renee Sharp. This session the California Legislature considered no less than eight bills that would have banned or...

Starbucks' massive water waste

There are few things that we can all do without in life. And then, there are some that we definitely can’t do without. Like water. Water has become major a human rights, environmental, and public...

Rocket fuel, yet again

Enviroblog readers are very familiar with the health risks posed by perchlorate, a thyroid hormone disruptor and rocket fuel chemical that contaminates water supplies of millions of Americans in 28...

Who's minding the store? Not the FDA.

Understandably, this week's news media and the blogosphere are brimming with financial news. And BPA stories. Other than generally being very bad news, these two topics might seem worlds apart. But...

Who is Elizabeth Perrott?

Last week EWG published a groundbreaking study showing that levels of chemical fire retardants in the blood of 20 U.S. toddlers and preschoolers were typically three times higher than in their mothers...

Where can I get that? Online, of course!

Deciding what children’s products to buy these days is job enough, but it’s really only step 1 of a 2 part process. Because once you’ve logged a few hours online and debated your decision with...

Toxic fragrance in the air

Many Enviroblog readers are familiar with the health concerns of undisclosed chemicals that hide under the pseudonym “fragrance” in everyday products—everything from cosmetics to cleaning...