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'Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars' Actually Toxic

NPR | By Scott Hensley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Turns out the marketer of some candy bars sold under the Toxic Waste brand wasn't joking. The Food and Drug Administration says Candy Dynamics of Ind...

Feds Dismiss Recall Of Lead-Laced Glasses Over Technicality

AP | JUSTIN PRITCHARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES — A federal agency reversed itself Friday and said lead-laced Wizard of Oz and superhero drinking glasses are, in fact, for adults &...

Obama's Busy Week Ahead

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone in Washington has a few busy weeks ahead, until the 111th Congress wraps up business and heads off into the sunset, but President Obama will be at the center of this whirlwind.

Tests Show Toxic Metals In Children's Products Exceed Federal Limits By 1000 Times

AP | JUSTIN PRITCHARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES — Drinking glasses depicting comic book and movie characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman and the Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz" ...

Rainbow Apparel Vendors Cited as More Lead-Tainted Jewelry Found

Joanna Lin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joanna Lin

The California attorney general's office on Monday cited CVS/pharmacy and two Rainbow Apparel vendors for selling jewelry with illegal levels of lead. The items contained as much as 62 percent lead.1

New Orleans Food Farms Struggle With Toxins and Red Tape

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Large-scale, community farming in the city requires soil and water testing and an array of permits. But that's not stopping gardeners in New Orleans.

Leadership Insights: Eliminate Endless Circular Arguments

Paul David Walker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul David Walker

Some leaders spend much of their time arguing and persuading their teams of the right direction, and others radiate a humble confidence that attracts ...

Lead-Tainted Jewelry Found on Retailer's Shelves Despite State Warnings

Joanna Lin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joanna Lin

As Americans consume more and more products from China and other countries with weaker consumer safety regulations, the case of Rainbow Apparel shows the persistence of lead contamination.

Toxic Ashtrays in Our Communities

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

Behind Puerto Rico's beaches, palm trees, white sand and abundant sunlight hours lurks a threat to the health of almost 100,000 residents -- hundreds and thousands of tons of toxic coal ash.

City Playgrounds Tackle Toxic Soil and Equipment

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

New Orleans city and school leaders want to remove contaminants from playgrounds, where even the most benign-looking spots can harbor arsenic on swing sets and lead and arsenic in soil.

The Clean Air Act at 40: Still Vulnerable to Polluters' Falsehoods

John Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John Adams

Forty years ago, Congress passed the Clean Air Act of 1970. Nearly every Clean Air Act program that we now take for granted was bitterly opposed by industry. That same pattern holds true today.

If You and I Have to Clean Up Our Garbage, Shouldn't Polluters Who Trash Our Air?

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

Recently, the EPA announced that cement companies will have to clean up high levels of mercury, soot, and smog coming from their plants. Like most EPA efforts, this initiative drew industry ire.

Almost All Herbal Supplements Found To Have Contaminants: Lead, Mercury, Arsenic Found

New York Times | GARDINER HARRIS | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Nearly all of the herbal dietary supplements tested in a Congressional investigation contained trace amounts of lead and other contaminants, and some ...

PHOTOS: Did You Know? 15 Toxic Chemicals In Beauty and Household Products

Huffington Post | Barbara Fenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Toxic chemicals have infiltrated most facets of our lives. They are in everything from our toothpaste and favorite soap to our national parks, which c...

Is There Lead in Your Juice?

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

A recent test by the Environmental Law Foundation found higher than acceptable levels of lead in both organic and "conventional" juices and baby foods. What are the effects of too much lead?

Why Lead Poisoning May Be Causing Your Health Problems

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

We are too heavy, and I don't mean overweight. We're heavy with metals, not fat. Nearly 40 percent of us have toxic levels of lead in our bodies. And we don't even know it.

An Environmentalist's View of Alice in Wonderland

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

In Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, those depicted as being fully themselves tend to convene or live outside, amid the vividly rendered trees, mushrooms, and wild things.

Brain Drain: Could Environmental Chemicals Cause Autism?

Wendy Gordon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wendy Gordon

It never occurred to me to worry about autism when I was pregnant in the '80s, but today it seems that few expectant parents haven't considered the possibility that autism might affect their child.

Don't Let Lawmakers Undermine the Clean Air Act: It Saves Lives

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

A handful of lawmakers have been trying to block the EPA from regulating pollution. This is largely a political maneuver -- an effort to drain away support for passing a comprehensive clean energy bill.

Is There Toxic Waste In Your Body?

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Eighty thousand toxic chemicals have been released into our environment since the dawn of the industrial revolution, and very few have been tested for their long-term impact on human health.

Toxins Impair Children's Neurological Development -- And A 10-Step Program To Stop It

Christopher Gavigan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christopher Gavigan

Three new studies from just the past week add to the growing laundry list of evidence linking every day toxic exposures and neurodevelopmental impacts in children.

Memo to Capitol Hill: Want to Save the Country $5 Billion? Thought So.

Christopher Gavigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christopher Gavigan

Over 30 years ago Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act to protect health and the environment. It was a regulatory system written based on our scientific knowledge then. But we know much more now.

BLM Has To Hire Private Contractor To Handle Epidemic Of Trash Dumping

AP | MIKE STARK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

SKULL VALLEY, Utah — During a warm spell this fall, vandals hauled 18 decrepit televisions and computers down a narrow gravel road in Utah's pic...

Scary Stuff: Children's Halloween Face Paints May Contain Lead

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

A new Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report reveals that some children's face paints contain heavy metals such as lead, nickel and cobalt that can cause lifelong skin sensitization and contact dermatitis.

Toxic Waters: Clean Water Laws Neglected At A Cost To Health

The New York Times | CHARLES DUHIGG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Jennifer Hall-Massey knows not to drink the tap water in her home near Charleston, W.Va. In fact, her entire family tries to avoid any contact wit...