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The Household Threat To Children's Brains

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green

Tiny amounts of lead, chemical flame retardants and organophosphate pesticides, among other toxins, course through the blood of nearly every American....

Chevron's Sham Remediation in Ecuador: Toxic Oil Pits Continue to Contaminate

Karen Hinton | Posted 11.14.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Ignoring the evidence, the oil giant continues to tout the agreement as its "get-out-of-jail-free" card, and U.S. reporters continue to use it in their stories as a legitimate response to the Ecuadorians' charges.

Ana Baptista: "Children of Color Are the Most At-Risk Victims of Pollution"

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

With a Masters from Brown University in Environmental Studies, a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy, and a teaching post at the New School for Public Engagement, Ana Baptista is well-equipped to move the needle on the environmental issues facing marginalized groups in American urban settings.

Saving Your Sanity While Saving the World

Rachel Avalon | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Avalon

Let's keep saving and loving the world while we give ourselves the same gift. Let's strive to infuse joy into every detail possible. At times we'll feel like the world is just too crazy and we'll wonder if we can keep our sanity intact, but we can still rally and transform everything from the inside out.

Chevron Will Lose Ecuador Pollution Case on Both Law and Facts

Karen Hinton | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Prediction: Chevron will lose the historic Ecuador pollution case on both the law and the facts, despite what you may have read in articles by U.S. legal reporters about the 20-year plus lawsuit. In fact, you may think the Ecuadorians have lost already. They haven't.

The Non-Toxic Baby

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

All parents want to keep their children safe and non-toxic, but it's not possible to raise them in a glass bubble and buying everything organic might break the bank. What's a concerned parent to do?

Is Toxic Algae Good for You?

Rachel Smolker | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

The effort to produce algae biofuels has been underway for many, many years, though you wouldn't know it given that there are still virtually none being produced at commercial scale. The hype about making "cheap, abundant fuels with nothing but sunlight and water" remains in spite of the reality on the ground.

It's Time to Take this Poisonous Plastic Out of Our Oceans

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

Despite its status as one of the most hazardous consumer products ever created, PVC and its associated chemical additives are managed in much the same way as food scraps and grass clippings after disposal.

Chevron's Ecuador Plan B

Karen Hinton | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

The big news this week in the Chevron-Ecuador saga is the Patton Boggs settlement with the oil giant, which should not be shocking to anyone following the financial troubles of the law firm.

Marijuana and Your Pet: Not a Good Time

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 07.02.2014 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Since the legalization of marijuana in some communities in United States, the accidental ingestion of marijuana by our pets has risen. The Animal Poison Control Center has reported a 30 percent rise in the number of calls it has received for toxic ingestion of marijuana in the last three years.

The Terrifying Truth About The Toxins In Your Everyday Products

Posted 03.24.2014 | Green

Many of us don't realize exactly how hazardous the chemicals in products we use every day can be to our health. Toxins in household cleaners, water bo...

5 Simple Juices and Smoothies to Help You Detox

Vanessa Cunningham | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Cunningham

These five simple juices and smoothies will provide your body with the vital nutrients and fiber needed to assist in the detoxification and elimination process.

Are Your Pet's Toys Toxic?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

According to a recent study, certain types of toys can be toxic to your pet. Philip Smith, co-author of the study and an associate professor at Texas...

Obama Administration Grade on Coal Ash: Failing

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Despite being a political football [pdf] that had been tossed around Capitol Hill, the coal industry and EPA headquarters throughout the '90s and early aughts, coal ash was rarely a topic of dinner conversation around most American supper tables, I suspect.

Scientific Spill Studies, Funded by BP, Start to Yield Results

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Scientists gathered in Alabama last month said their current research on impacts of the 2010 BP spill will help authorities deal with future disasters.

The Real Reasons Juice Cleanses Can Get Your Health Back on Track

Woodson Merrell, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Woodson Merrell, M.D.

Most people this time of year are thinking about buckling down on their diets. What I have found works best is to take it in small steps. Start with changing your eating for just a few days -- with a 3-day juice cleanse -- and it is remarkable what positive transformation will follow.

Multitasking or Multi-Exposures... Gisele's Mother and Baby Photo

Bill Couzens | Posted 02.17.2014 | Style
Bill Couzens

Recently, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen posted a photo to her Instagram account in which she is nursing her baby while a team of stylists are doing her hair, makeup and nails.

Looking Back On 2013: Activism Helps Heal

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

As we enter into the final month of the year, it's natural to take an inventory of 2013. As I reflected on the environmental front, the nagging image of climate deniers immediately came to mind.

New Furniture Standard To Reduce Toxic Flame Retardants

Molly Rauch | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Molly Rauch

We will have to ask our retailers: Are you meeting the California flammability standard with chemicals in foam (i.e., business as usual)? Or are you meeting the standard through physical barriers instead?

Fracking Water: It's Just So Hard to Clean

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.04.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Fracking wastewater can contain massive amounts of brine (salts), toxic metals, and radioactivity. And so the gas companies have a problem: what to do with the stuff.

Food Additives: How Do We Know If They're Safe?

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Toxic substances -- how does the government prevent them from getting into the products we buy? Not well at all.

Get the Toxins Out: Q&A With Ed Brown of Unacceptable Levels

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Summer Rayne Oakes

In light of new discoveries of pesticide concoctions turning up in bee pollen, jet fuel in mother's milk, or Bisphenol A from plastics turning up in our world's oceans, there seems to be no frontier that we haven't changed through our toxic chemistry.

When It Comes To The Chemicals in Your Body, You Get What You Pay For

Posted 08.08.2013 | Healthy Living

Turns out the 99% and the 1% have even less in common -- at least when it comes to the types of chemicals their bodies accumulate. A new study fro...

The Killing Fields: Industrial Agriculture, Dead Zones and Genetically Engineered Corn

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green
Elizabeth Kucinich

Scientists are predicting one of the largest dead zones ever in the Gulf of Mexico this year, with estimates ranging from 7,286 to 8,561 square miles, or as large as the state of New Jersey.

Chemical Safety Reform: A Tale of Two Bills

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.06.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Senator Frank Lautenberg left us with two bills aimed at updating and improving the regulation and safety of the chemicals we use and live with. Which one's better?