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Michael Green
Michael Green is Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Health, which for more than 15 years has been one of the nation’s leading nonprofits working to protect children and families from toxic health threats. He has previously worked with the Tibetan refugee community in Dharamsala, India, and cared for the sick at Mother Teresa's mission in Calcutta, India.

Entries by Michael Green

Movies for Change: The Oscars of Environmental Health

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:16 PM

The Oscars are nearly here, and everyone is asking, "Who will win best director," "Will Sandra Bullock win again," and "What was up with the ending of Her?"

We have another question: where are the Oscar-nominated environmental health movies of 2013? Last year's crop of films may not have...

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Two Out of Three R's

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Since I see what my kids bring home from pre-school and first grade, I know that what they're learning about environmentalism hasn't changed much since I was a kid (and that's a long time!). For example, one message that my kids get that I got decades ago is "reduce, reuse,...

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A Father's Day Plea for Mothers' Health

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 9:02 AM

Father's Day is near, and I recently sat down with three Bay Area dads for a chat about fatherhood (you can hear our conversation on Before You Leap, the new podcast of the Center for Environmental Health). One of the recurring themes of our talk was our concerns...

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EPA Rules: Show Me the Money

(25) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 11:11 AM

A new U.S. government report shows that the benefits of government regulations substantially outweigh the costs. Looking at all federal regulators, the report found that health and environmental protections created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are the most cost effective of any federal department.

How successful...

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Firefighters and Flame-Retardant Chemicals

(4) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Tony Stefani is an American hero. Not just because of his 28 years of service as a captain with the San Francisco Fire Department. Not just because he's a cancer survivor who started a non-profit to prevent cancer among firefighters. All of that would make him hero enough, but not...

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The Chemical Industry's Political Machinations

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Nearly ten years ago, CEH exposed how a member of a state "blue-ribbon" science panel on water pollution had financial ties to PG&E, a company that was the main subject of the panel's deliberations. The science panel was convened following revelations (in large part by the release of...

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Hormones Out of Whack: The Global Threat From Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

(6) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 12:33 PM

In Ruth Ozeki's heartbreakingly funny novel My Year of Meats, narrator Jane Takagi-Little reflects on her journey through fertility challenges and miscarriage while producing a documentary series for Japanese television on behalf of the American corporate meat exporter Beef-Ex. About midway through the novel, Jane realizes that a...

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Moving to Safety First, for Our Children's Health

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 8:47 AM

When is a flame retardant not a flame retardant?

When it is no more effective in retarding flames than, well, nothing.

Since fire safety experts and government studies say that chemical flame retardants as they are used in many products are not effective, maybe we should...

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Fracking, Health and Our Chemical History

(5) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 2:39 PM

A brief version of this post, by my colleague Ansje Miller and Connie Hogarth, also appeared in the Westchester Journal.

In 1929, the Monsanto company introduced a new class of chemicals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), substances that would revolutionize electronics. Seven years later, several workers at the Halowax Corporation...

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With Liberty and Healthy Environments for All

(9) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 3:19 PM

Most Americans are taught in grade school about the Declaration of Independence and the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But even those elitist Americans with a college education don't learn anything about the concept of a human right to a healthy environment. So...

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For Some Chemicals, Less Is More

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 3:14 PM

When scientists suspect a chemical may cause cancer or other illnesses, one way they do testing is to expose lab animals to high doses of the substance and then see what happens. When anything tested this way shows harmful effects, industry goes on the offensive, arguing that only massively unlikely...

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In 2013, Some Health News to Watch For

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 9:00 AM

As the year closes, many are looking back at the top stories of 2012. But what are the top stories that will continue to make news in 2013? In environmental health, we can expect to see continuing news stories that will impact all of our children and families, from toxic...

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The Flame Retardant Story the Chemical Industry Didn't Want You to Hear

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 8:30 AM

In the mid-1970s, scientists discovered frightening news. Lab studies showed that a chemical widely used in every day products could cause genetic mutations. The chemical, chlorinated Tris, was used as a flame retardant by makers of children's pajamas, but the studies prompted action, and Tris was banned from pajamas in...

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GMOs and Prop 37: Protecting Your Right to Know, Protecting Your Health

(203) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 5:30 PM

People should have the information they need to choose whether or not they buy genetically modified (GMO) food, so it's been disturbing to see the lies from Monsanto and their anti-choice allies working against Proposition 37, the California GMO Right-to-Know Ballot Initiative. Prop 37 would inform consumers with...

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Flame Retardant Industry: Using Tobacco Industry Tactics to Promote the Asbestos of Our Time

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 12:15 PM

When I think about the connection between greed, lies, and unnecessary toxic health threats, asbestos or cigarettes jump to mind. Everyone knows how the tobacco industry denied the health risks of cigarettes for decades and continued to lie about the scientifically proven link between smoking and cancer and emphysema for...

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Ending the Toxic Shell Game

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 10:56 AM

My three-year-old daughter Juliette and I have a standing argument. When she wants a sippy cup, I hand her my all-stainless steel, unlined hard-topped mug. But she wants her pink plastic sippy cup, the one with the squishy plastic shell and flexible plastic straw. She often wins, but every time...

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