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Not a drop to drink--Part 1: Down the drain

With droughts parching extensive tracts of land from the Southeast to the Western states, worries over future water shortages sound ever louder and more urgent. Yet few of us actually imagine the...

This may be worse than we thought

Reusable plastic bottles leach BPA at room temperature A lot of people have those reusable polycarbonate water bottles; you can’t go to a college campus these days without seeing students carrying...

Links! Aww, you shouldn't have. . .

A handful of interesting links for your Valentine's Day (or Singles Awareness Day) enjoyment: Want to show your love for the planet? If you support the Cape Wind project, which would create a wind...

Ask EWG: Which formula is best?

Question: I am unable to breastfeed for medical reasons. How can I choose the best possible formula for my child? Answer: Your situation isn't unique. According to the Centers for Disease Control...

Stick to those New Years Resolutions, they might add years to your life

Are you a nom-smoker that exercises, eats fruits and vegetables, and drinks alcohol moderately? If so, you might add 14 years to your life, according to a new study at Cambridge University. The study...

Saturday Morning Multimedia: Toilet environmentalism

Plenty of companies make water-efficient toilets these days, but replacing your old model with a newer one is an expensive endeavor -- and if you live in an apartment building, it's pretty much...

Problem toys: A personal perspective

This post from one of the Urban Mamas bloggers really drove home the reality of the Mattel recall for me. I don't have babies of my own (yet -- don't worry, Mom, I'll get there!), so while I was busy...

EPA sued over potentially dangerous pesticide

When a CDC website describes the possible medical effect of a pesticide like this ...may produce a variety of effects on the nervous system including headaches, blurred vision, watering of the eyes...

Saturday Morning Multimedia: Nellie gets a makeover

Sustainlane.com is a user-driven directory of green products and business -- think social bookmarking meets the yellow pages. They've got a series of videos about a community of friends, The...

Toxic sludge and treasures in Lake Okeechobee

Thousands of years of history were revealed this summer as drought drained the water from Lake Okeechobee in the Florida Everglades. Native American tools and jewelery, a hundred year old fishing boat...

Breathing easier with Enviro-Paint

When I was little, I loved the smell of house paint. I have asthma, though -- the kind of asthma that lands you in the hospital at two in the morning because your inhaler just isn't cutting it -- so...

EU, U.S. will share safety data on cosmetics

Ever wonder about the safety of your imported cosmetics? Last week, the United States and the European Union agreed to trade information on safety of cosmetics. The agreement is planned in hopes of...

Outside the Box: Ship shape & smelly energy

Enviroblog's new weekly column, Outside The Box, features stories outside the norm and refusing to conform.

McDiesel anyone?

McDonald's has announced today that it will reuse its supply of cooking oil to manufacture biodiesel fuel for its UK delivery trucks. Biodiesel will be created by combining rapeseed oil and cooking...

Sunscreen: what about nanoparticles?

Kate at Grist did a great write-up on EWG's sunscreen investigation -- if you haven't seen it yet, you should check it out.

Soda Ban in Schools Does Not Protect Students From Benzene

The beverage industry has conceded to remove high-calorie soft drinks from schools. They will, however, be continuing to sell diet sodas and fruit drinks, which contain fewer calories and less sugar.

Nuclear energy not a clean, cheap answer

In today's Des Moines Register, Hope Burwell proposes that the nuclear energy industry use post-Chernobyl Belarus as a research opportunity for studying the long-term consequences of, and solutions to...

Is Your Cell Phone Being Recycled Responsibly?

As reported by Knight Ridder, a recent survey of leading U.S. wireless carriers (Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and Cingular) found these companies have cell phone recycling programs that are ineffectual...

House Threatens Food Safety Standards

No point rewriting Marian Burros' lead from Wednesday's New York Times: "The House is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that would pre-empt all state food safety regulations that are more stringent...

Pombo Operatives in Interior Department

The Hill reports that two staffers who work for the Department of Interior have spent almost three years pushing Rep. Richard Pombo's agenda, including controversial provisions for off shore drilling...

Let's Talk About Fuel

Whether or not you agree with the Bush Administration on energy policy, one thing is clear: when a President brings up the need to become energy independent in a State of the Union address, public...

Does 3M Run Minnesota Health Agency?

A legislative hearing last week revealed that 3M managers called the shots during a meeting at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). When state scientists laid out plans to study Scotchgard...

Green Hospitals

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Ore., is leading the way in getting toxics out of hospital cleaning products – and finding, through the hospital's infection control department's...

EPA Goes Cuckoo for Cocoa Powder Puffs

There's no improving the headline of this Monday article from the Corvallis Gazette-Times in Oregon, or their lead: "Those who wondered where the EPA under the Bush administration draws the line on...