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In the Heart of Tanzania

Gay Browne | Posted 08.20.2016 | Green
Gay Browne

When one of my dearest friends, Suzanne, asked me to join her, Lamel, her children Erin and Chandler at The Legendary Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania a few ...

Integrative Scientist Pizzorno: "Toxicity is the Primary Driver of Disease"

John Weeks | Posted 08.05.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Regular medicine is awakening to the dumbfounding reality that clinical care accounts for just 10%-20% of the factors contributing to health. But if r...

Why Recharging Your Batteries Is Important To Your Environmental Health

Gay Browne | Posted 07.14.2016 | Green
Gay Browne

Nantucket might sound pretty far for a California girl to travel to go to the beach but over twenty years it's become a family tradition and the place...

CAUTION: Flammable!

Jennifer Caldwell | Posted 06.20.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Caldwell

Those are the first words on the box of "Taylor by Taylor Swift" perfume, noted in six languages. I watch as my newly metamorphosed 15-year-old daught...

Waterless

Judy Belk | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
Judy Belk

How did we get to this point in California? Why, in one of the most prosperous states in the wealthiest country in the world, must families wait in line to use a portable shower stall and donated water in a church parking lot in order to bathe?

Poisoning the Earth and Our Health

Nestor Batio Bassiere | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green
Nestor Batio Bassiere

It is vital that the world sees UNEA - the world's most powerful decision-making body on the environment - as an opportunity to develop programs and policies that promote the environmentally-sound recycling of lead batteries.

Improving the Quality of Life: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.10.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week's grantees demonstrate a heart for humanity, animal welfare, small businesses, and the environment -- vital resources that enrich our world and lives.

10 Types Of Fish You Can Feel Good About Eating

Grub Street | Posted 01.19.2016 | Taste
Grub Street

Great: Your New Year's resolution is to eat more fish, but which ones? Making sense of the web of fraudulent labeling, environmental concerns and the ever-changing status of various fisheries is enough to scare anyone away from the seafood counter.

Diversity: The Cause and Solution to All of Life's Problems

Josh Rivedal | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

I admit the title of this post was a bit over the top (okay, way over the top). I feel like when most people hear the word "diversity," they think...

Bacon Causes Cancer...and Complacence

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

We can choose to be informed. We can choose to reduce harm to ourselves and the planet by eating less meat. And we can choose not to be complacent about industries that pollute our bodies and our environment.

Beware of Mercury Poisoning From Skin-Lightening Cream

Elizabeth Pessin | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Pessin

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clarifies that the severity of mercury toxicity depends on the host person's susceptibility, the age an...

The Green Feast Is One of America's Premiere Farm-To-Table Events

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.04.2015 | Taste
Xaque Gruber

If there were a Nobel Peace Prize given to Americans who are actively working to promote smarter, healthier, more sustainable ways to consume food, th...

EPA Must Enact Strong Water Pollution Standards

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.29.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If you're a parent like me who loves to watch your child play in the local stream or lake, this information is infuriating and scary. The same goes if you're a wildlife lover, or some who just enjoys the outdoors and believes our waterways should remain safe and healthy.

70 Mayors to President Obama: We Support Strong Clean Air Protections Against Smog Pollution!

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.25.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If it's possible to love something else as much as the Pope's statements on climate this week, it's this: On Tuesday, 70 mayors from across the U.S. sent a letter to President Obama signaling their support for a strong clean air protections against smog pollution.

#BumpDay: Ensuring Healthy Pregnancies by Fighting Big Coal's Mercury Pollution

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 07.22.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This Bump Day, I pledge to keep fighting for clean air and water so pregnant moms everywhere have one less issue to worry about as they try to make sure their babies are healthy. We are counting on the EPA to ensure that the coal industry's progress in cleaning up its noxious pollution isn't stalled any further.

Supreme Court Mercury Decision Threatens Public Health, But Won't Revive Big Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to send the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) back to EPA for further proceedings is a decision that endangers public health, but it won't revive the fortunes of Big Coal.

Power Plants Continue to Pollute Our Water; EPA Must Act

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.17.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Arsenic. Hexavalent chromium. Lead. Mercury. Do these sound like things you want in the glass of water you are about to drink? I'm guessing no, but power plants are discharging more than 5.5 billion pounds of these pollutants into our waterways every year.

Fighting Malaria Is Going to Take More Than Just Nets

Utibe Effiong | Posted 06.06.2016 | World
Utibe Effiong

In January, the New York Times highlighted how insecticide treated nets meant to protect people from mosquitoes and malaria are now being used to haul fish in Africa. Among those using these nets to catch fish, hunger today is a bigger risk than malaria tomorrow.

A Victory in the Decades-Long Fight for Environmental Justice in the Gulf and Beyond

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.22.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Suzie Canales never planned on going back home. But, when she saw what was happening to her family, her friends and her neighbors in her community, she could not stay away.

Take Your Kids to Work... and Speak Up for Their Health

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I do so much of my work for my daughter's future. I imagine that many of my colleagues who are parents feel the same. We work together to phase out coal plants so that families can enjoy cleaner air and water. We demand clean-energy investments to help fight climate change so that our kids and grandkids will have a safer, healthy planet when they grow up.

Detroit-Area Residents Demand Clean Air

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.13.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

For decades, the residents of River Rouge and surrounding communities have been living with severe air pollution from nearby coal plants, and together, they came out in force to pack a public hearing and call on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to put a plan in place that will finally clean up this pollution and correct a longstanding environmental injustice.

Court Ruling Means Cleaner Air for Millions of Americans

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved an important legal framework that serves as a big step toward providing relief for thousands of communities across the country now suffering from dangerous sulfur dioxide air pollution. The road map imposes deadlines for the EPA to identify areas that exceed the sulfur dioxide health standard.

Crude Justice: Stuart Smith, How to Win the Legal War with Big Oil (Interview)

Jerry Cope | Posted 04.12.2015 | Green
Jerry Cope

Crude Justice is the detailed story of Smith's clients and breakthrough legal victories on their behalf. It is a cautionary tale of what has happened in the United States as the system of government has frequently failed to protect the interests of its citizens.

'Fighting for Our Right to Breathe'

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

"None of us should have to be here right now fighting for our right to breathe." That's what a young woman told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at a hearing this week about smog pollution, after boarding a bus with 100 high school students before dawn and traveling for hours to deliver her three minutes of testimony.

It's Time to Get Serious About Harmful Radon Exposure

Gina McCarthy | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Gina McCarthy

Our near-term goal is to reduce unsafe levels of radon in 5 million homes by 2020, preventing 3,200 lung cancer deaths every year. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate avoidable radon-induced lung cancer in the United States. We know we can do it.