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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.

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.

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...

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...

Life Cycle: Burn, Baby, Burn (The Eco Impact of Candles)

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Most candles are made from paraffin wax, which is derived from crude oil. Demand for these products plays into our reliance on fossil fuels.

Taking Things Off the Table

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama absolutely loves the phrase "everything's on the table." But the time for piling "everything" on "the table" is over. Everything being on the table means that no decisions have been made.

Get the Lead Out

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Markarian

When mourning dove hunting season begins next week, hunters will once again discharge enormous amounts of toxic lead into the environment.

The Rest of the Story

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Off the front pages, last year's election is having some wonderful environmental results, and we're making real progress.

It's Time To Lead, Mr. President

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's legislative style has been to vaguely define what he's for, introduce a plan that is quite obviously open to lots and lots of negotiation, and then sit back and let Congress work it out.

Use the Precautionary Principle

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Kimbrell

At the White House, the precautionary principle should be used: lead contaminated soil should be removed and replaced with organic compost. That would be the safe and truly organic way.

The Only Thing Toxic About The White House Kitchen Garden Is The Misinformation: Scientists Correct The Record On Contamination

Eddie Gehman Kohan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Eddie Gehman Kohan

No one is being poisoned by eating the bounty of wonderful crops that have been grown in the White House Kitchen Garden, period.

The Obama Organic Family Garden: Swimming in Sludge?

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Kimbrell

The Obamas may be the newest sludge victims. Michelle's hopes of having a truly organic garden and healthy vegetables for her own children and other children who visit the White House have been dashed.

Obama Must Live Up to Campaign Pledge on Vieques Cleanup

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

President Obama should instruct all relevant federal agencies to live up to his stated commitment to address the health crisis in Vieques immediately, pursue an "environmentally acceptable" clean-up for Vieques, and work toward a fair and complete resolution to the ongoing litigation.

Is Your Lipstick Making You Sick?

nytimes.com | ABBY ELLIN | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The debate seems to resurface every few years. Do some lipsticks contain lead? If so, is the amount so negligible that consumers have nothing to be co...

How Much More Do We Have to Learn?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Congress is already investigating the D.C. lead-poisoning episode. It ought to dig deeper and find out what was really going on at the Centers for Disease Control during the past eight years.

Motorcycle's Lead Law Pain: New Rule Hurts Bike Companies

AP | LEE LOGAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Larry Neill has $118,000 worth of small motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles sitting on his lot in Missouri's capital city...

The Lunatics are Running the Asylum

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

If Congress have lost sight of what this economic crisis is about and whom the stimulus plan is supposed to be helping, perhaps the following sobering statistics will serve as a reminder.

What's for Dinner? Lead and Antifreeze -- Yum!

Christopher Gavigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Christopher Gavigan

Over the past couple of months, melamine has been heavy in the headlines... dairy products manufactured in China were intentionally contaminated with the chemical.

Keep the Gifts Under the Tree Toxics-Free

Nena Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nena Baker

A group called HealthyToys.org tested 1500 toys this year and found 20 percent of them contained lead, with children's jewelry leading the most contaminated category.

Toxic Toys: What Parents Should Know This Holiday Season

Sloan Barnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sloan Barnett

When you are out shopping for toys this holiday season, be sure to purchase from trusted manufacturers that go above and beyond regulations.