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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? | 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 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.

Getting It Right at the EPA

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

Wonderful things do happen: The new EPA standards tighten the allowable lead level by a factor of 10 down to 0.15 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air.

EPA Toughens Lead Pollution Limits Despite Industry Lobbying

Grist | Janet Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Federal regulators announced Thursday a sharp reduction in legal levels of lead emissions, rejecting pleas by industrial battery recyclers who told Wh...

More Lead Pollution? Battery Recyclers Resisting EPA Rules

Grist | Janet Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Lobbyists for industrial battery recyclers charged over to the White House recently to crank up arguments against possible tough new regulations of le...

Bush Administration Made Complete Immunity for Negligent Corporations a Top Priority

Les Weisbrod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Les Weisbrod

In the past three years federal agencies, have engaged in a campaign to hand corporations a 'get-out-of jail-free' pass when their products have harmed consumers.

Report: EPA Lets Electronic Waste Flow "Virtually Unrestricted"

Josie Garthwaite | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josie Garthwaite

According to the report, other used electronics "flow virtually unrestricted, even to countries where they can be mismanaged."

Poisoning Children in Chicago: An Old Problem in a New Century

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Dan Agin

Children living anywhere in the suburbs in a house built before 1960 are at high risk for high-dose lead exposure. An old house in Highland Park is as dangerous as an old house in Harvey. It makes no difference that the old house has been repainted with unleaded paint.

Life Cycle: Think Yoga is Healthy? Not on a PVC mat.

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Life Cycle is a series of posts that takes a closer look at the stuff we use and love. It's the end of class. You're breathing deeply, surrenderi...

Lead Redux: An Unfinished Horror Story

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Agin

Between 1925 and 1985, when leaded gasoline was used in America, around 68 million children were poisoned by automobile lead emissions. The evidence is substantial that the corporations involved were fully aware.

Stop the Toxic Trade Profit Cycle Killing Americans

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

In the realm of free trade, what comes around goes around. American families lose their jobs when multinationals dismantle U.S. factories and lose a child when poisoned products are imported to the U.S.