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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...

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...

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...

Lead: Celebrate its ban, but don't cross it off your list

Like many parents, I spent a lot of last year feeling outraged by the (literally) 45 million toy recalls, especially the lead paint. It seemed like every day I read about another contaminated...

Shady industry campaign kills CA ban on BPA in baby bottles

SACRAMENTO – Bowing to a deceptive, no-holds-barred campaign by the chemical industry, the California State Assembly has failed to approve a bill that would have made the state the first in the...

Back to school: Are we ready? Are we non-toxic?

Just yesterday the letter came from our new school. Excitement turned to panic as I read the list of required items to bring on the 1st day. The many purchases we must make between today and the first...

Take two house plants and call me in the morning

My 18 year old sister called me not long ago and said, "So what's the deal with these plastic bottles?" "Which plastic bottles, exactly?" I asked. "The Nalgene ones -- is it true that they're bad?" It...

Does environmental conservation imply austerity?

This is a post by EWG research intern Curtis Maples, who's interested in engineering a sustainable future. When I hear “conserve”, a chain of thoughts comes into my mind. Something like this: â...

Oil spill in the sky

It's been 9 months since the 901-foot container ship Cosco Busan hit the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and spilled 50,000 gallons of oil into the Bay. As you may recall, it wasn't just oil, but the...

Science on sale: I'll take three

Nowadays, everything seems to be on sale. And I am not talking about the end of the season clearances in stores around us. I'm talking about how if you have enough money you can often buy what ever...

THURSDAY: Video Q&A on Antibacterial Products

What exactly is that stuff you're washing your hands with? The Environmental Working Group is releasing a report Thursday morning about antibacterial chemicals in consumer products -- and we think you...

White House policy: Don't like it? Delete it.

A former EPA adviser alleges that Vice President Dick Cheney's office pressured the agency to delete nearly half of their testimony on the public health effects of climate change. President Bush took...

A tale of poison, deceit and heroism

I was going to go for the obvious today and tell you why fireworks are bad for the environment . But you already know that, right? It's a story that involves our old nemesis, perchlorate, and people...

Public funds for public transit

This post is by EWG's stellar media intern, Sameem. The buzz on gas prices has people rethinking the way they travel. USA Today recently reported record breaking public transit ridership based on a...

Grocery gap? What grocery gap?

As a Seattle native I regularly browse my hometown papers, and last week I stumbled onto a story about a new supermarket opening up just a mile or so from my boyhood home. The idea that a news article...

Green chemistry happens; Olestra finds a new use

Olestra, the laxative fat substitute, could represent a class of greener replacements for hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in newer low voc paints. A recent Scientific American article made...

Infant formula: How to choose it & use it

Earlier this month, we daylighted a CDC report that showed perchlorate contamination in infant formula. Not surprisingly, we received quite a few questions about formula that week, so we put these...

Rocket Baby: A funny take on a serious matter

It's Friday, folks! So we thought we'd lighten up a little (yes, it's possible). Especially since we came across this video spoof that sends an important message, but made us laugh, too.

Flame retardants pose health risks to recyclers

Electronic recycling facility workers face 6-33 times higher exposure to toxic flame retardants PBDEs than the general American population, reported scientists from the University of Texas in an...

On rocket fuel in infant formula

You don't need to be a parent to know that moms and dads have a lot to worry about--anything from their kids' healthy growth and development to the friends they choose and those math homework...

Lawless Drilling Boom

Oil and gas drillers in the American West are exempt from most environmental safeguards. You could imagine that companies engaging in hydraulic fracturing, the process by which highly toxic chemical...