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Toxic Chemicals

Soviet Chemical Plant Threat to Ukrainian City

Ben Barber | Posted 06.26.2012 | Green
Ben Barber

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, it left behind in the Ukrainian city of Gorlovka an abandoned chemical factory awash with leaking drums and pipes containing TNT and other dangerous chemicals.

Message From Mama Earth: Stay Off the Lawn Chemicals

Dr. Gary Ginsberg | Posted 06.24.2012 | Green
Dr. Gary Ginsberg

The "junkie" lawn may push up healthy-looking grass, but looks can be deceiving.

Earth Night: How Green Is Your Sleep?

Rubin Naiman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Rubin Naiman, Ph.D.

This week, we celebrate the heightened awareness and many major environmental initiatives promoted by Earth Day. But, what about Earth Night?

Earth Day 2012: Harder to See, Harder to Catch

Peter Hanlon | Posted 06.20.2012 | Green
Peter Hanlon

It's perversely easy to wax nostalgic for the bad old days, and not just because the images are so captivating. Environmental problems were so much more apparent back then.

"Making It Right" After BP Oil Disaster Is Up to Us - Not BP

Riki Ott | Posted 06.20.2012 | Green
Riki Ott

Two years after the BP oil disaster, I ask for people to help make it right -- in the Gulf and across the country. We have the power to stop BP and the federal government from doing more harm. It is time to exercise our power in our communities.

Lynne Peeples

Gulf Oil Spill Anniversary: Debate Continues Over BP Disaster's Impacts On Children's Health | Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.20.2012 | Green

SOUTH PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La. -- Julie Creppel raises six children here, steps away from the lapping waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Her modest mobile ho...

Lynne Peeples

Burdened Before Birth: Dangers Posed By Pesticides During Pregnancy | Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.05.2012 | Green

An expectant mother's exposure to commonly used pesticides might pose risks to her developing fetus comparable to those long associated with tobacco s...

Lynne Peeples

FDA Made 'Wrong Call' On BPA In Food Containers | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.30.2012 | Green

"Ludicrous." "Bogus." "Illogical." Scientists and public health advocates expressed frustration on Friday as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

Lynne Peeples

FDA Close To Critical Decision On BPA | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.30.2012 | Green

UPDATE: 3/30 4:00 p.m. -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it will continue to allow bisphenol-A (BPA) in food and bever...

Lynne Peeples

New Ways To Protect Unborn Babies From Onslaught Of Toxic Chemicals | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green

Laura Vandenberg worries whenever she hears a pregnant friend talk about painting a nursery. She gets even more concerned when she learns of a childbe...

Lynne Peeples

Pain In The Grass: Children At Risk From Pesticides, School Bans Debated | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green

When they started feeling woozy barely an hour into their batting practice, Alan Gorkin and his son Tristan, then 12 years old, didn't think too much ...

Toxic Chemicals in U.S. Food Packaging Must Go

Ken Cook | Posted 05.26.2012 | Home
Ken Cook

A chemical that can disrupt hormone function and potentially cause cancers, diabetes, infertility and brain disorders should not be contaminating the food that millions eat every day.

Poisonous Perfume? Revealing the Dangers of Fragrance

Hillary Peterson | Posted 05.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Hillary Peterson

While many "walk for a cure," which I do think is worthwhile, I will also speak out for a more intelligent approach to manufacturing, which should include the exclusion of synthetic fragrance in all products.

End Game: The Petitions to Ban BPA

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 05.20.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

As scientists continue to study the effects of BPA on humans, the FDA is finding that it is the one under the microscope -- the microscope of public scrutiny, that is -- and what we are seeing is troubling.

Our Contaminated World

David Crews | Posted 05.19.2012 | Science
David Crews

The FDA will soon announce whether to ban the use of bisphenol-A in food and beverage packaging. BPA is widely accepted by scientists as being an endocrine disruptor, and we support its ban because of demonstrable effects in wildlife and laboratory animals.

Lynne Peeples

Lead Poisoning Prevention Funds Slashed, Costly Consequences For Children's Health | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.16.2012 | Green

When Devon Owens checked his then 2-year-old daughter, Dallas, into the hospital last year, he wasn't sure what to expect. He just knew that routine m...

Stop the Toxic Insults: They Aren't Helping

Mary Brune | Posted 05.16.2012 | Green
Mary Brune

Until Congress stands up to the chemical industry lobby and does the right thing by reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act, parents everywhere will continue to read books about the issues, educate themselves about safer alternatives and take action. That's not hysterical. That's heroic.

You Don't Want Any Part of These Particles

Dr. Gary Ginsberg | Posted 05.11.2012 | Green
Dr. Gary Ginsberg

Cities are converting their fleet of buses over to greener cleaner burning natural gas buses and more trucks are being required to wear particle diapers. So urban air is slowing improving. In the meantime, a few tips to duck that diesel plume.

What BP Owes Americans

Jackie Savitz | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Jackie Savitz

Given the extreme carelessness of BP and the vast scope of the resulting damage done, a low-end settlement would send the wrong message to BP and the other companies that are drilling in our oceans, telling them that they may not have to pay for future damages they cause.

Lynne Peeples

A 'Toxic Treadmill': Dangerous Flame Retardants Remain Widespread In Children's Products | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.06.2012 | Green

Flip over your couch cushion or desk chair and chances are, you'll see the same tag that is affixed to the bottom of many others: "This article meets ...

Reduce Chemicals to Increase Fertility

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 04.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Because we now know that chemicals in every day products can lead to low sperm counts, there are simple steps that men can take to avoid them.

Why I Started The Honest Company

Jessica Alba | Posted 04.26.2012 | Small Business
Jessica Alba

As a new parent, I desperately needed a place where I could get all my daily essentials -- from diapers to cleaning products -- and I could trust that they would be safe, eco-friendly, affordable, and effective. So I decided to create it.

Lynne Peeples

Toxic Chemical Under Attack, But Are Alternatives Any Safer? | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.23.2012 | Green

As evidence mounts of the dangers of bisphenol-A, there is a rising urgency to purge the common chemical from consumer products. Several states hav...

A Bitter Sweetener in Baby Formula

Dr. Gary Ginsberg | Posted 04.23.2012 | Green
Dr. Gary Ginsberg

Taking a crop high in arsenic and concentrating it down into a syrup and then putting that into baby formula sounds like a terrorist plot on a TV drama. Unfortunately, it's actually happening.

Ending the Toxic Shell Game

Michael Green | Posted 04.23.2012 | Green
Michael Green

In California we recently won a victory when BPA was banned from baby bottles and sippy cups. Even before the ban, some producers were eliminating BPA from their products. My daughter's pink sippy cup, for example, was labeled "BPA-free." So why would I still worry?