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Toxic Chemicals

10 Household Hazards That Could Be Making You Sick

Sloan Barnett | Posted 10.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Sloan Barnett

It turns out that the pollution inside our homes is worse than outside. Your home may smell clean and feel safe when it's actually filled with toxins from cleaners, paint, tap water, furniture and more.

It's Time to Tell Congress: No More Toxic Chemicals in Our Products!

Laura Turner Seydel | Posted 12.03.2011 | Green
Laura Turner Seydel

I was shocked to learn that even the cosmetics I use and the sunscreen I slather on my children to protect them could very well be causing harm. Americans apply an average of 126 unique ingredients on their skin daily.

Getting Sick on Pesticides Big Ag Can't Live Without

Alex Formuzis | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green
Alex Formuzis

Pesticides are engineered to kill living organisms by destroying the nervous system of the insects they target. They can't be good for human health either. Here's a gallery of some of the most worrisome.

What Chevron Owes the People of Lago Agrio

Thomas P. DiNapoli | Posted 11.26.2011 | New York
Thomas P. DiNapoli

Once a prosperous base for Amazonian drilling operations for sulfur-rich 'sour crude' petroleum, Lago Agrio is now the center of what amounts to an industrial cancer zone larger than the state of Rhode Island.

Woman Dies From Toxic Fumes At McDonald's

AP | Posted 11.08.2011 | Home

UPDATE, 9/8/11, 2pm EST: An 80-year-old woman has died after toxic fumes at a Georgia McDonald's left 2 customers unconscious and hospitalized 10. ...

Koch Industries Lobbying Puts Over 100 Million Americans in Danger

Philip Radford | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Philip Radford

As Congress debates how to protect Americans from dangerous chemical facilities, Koch is once again opposing legislation that would make America safer, despite the enormous risk its facilities pose to communities, workers, and our environment.

Changing Climate: Deep Oceans Off Alaska Face Existential Threat

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 10.14.2011 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

If deep oceans covered an area only the size of the state of Alaska, then humans have so far explored in detail only about 2,400 square feet -- enough space to park seven or eight cars.

Gov. Brown, Please Regulate Flame Retardants and Toxic Chemicals, For Our Children's Sake!

Francesca Vietor | Posted 10.01.2011 | Green
Francesca Vietor

It is time for Governor Jerry Brown to use his executive authority and bully pulpit to push state regulators to end rules requiring the use of toxic chemicals in furniture, gym mats and baby products sold in California.

America's Children: Victims of Adult Vices

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 09.20.2011 | Arts
Lisa Kaas Boyle

"The Children, Victims of Adult Vices" is effective public art that forces us to confront our vices and how they jeopardize the future of humanity. T...

Eco Etiquette: Used Mattresses - Icky Or Eco?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 09.19.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. We need a new mattress fo...

The Great Global Poisoning Experiment

John DeCock | Posted 09.14.2011 | Green
John DeCock

No matter how carefully you eat or drink or watch your exposure to toxins, your body has chemicals in it that do not belong there and have the potential to make you ill, even fatally ill.

Lots of Inconvenient Truths -- Chemical Illness Epidemic in the Wake of the BP Blowout

Riki Ott | Posted 08.08.2011 | Green
Riki Ott

The federal laws designed to protect public health, worker safety, and the environment from oil and chemical poisoning are so riddled with exemptions that they cannot deliver their promise of protection.

What Dow Doesn't Want You to Know About Your Water (VIDEO)

Anna Lappé | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green
Anna Lappé

I believe in inclusiveness and engagement in discussing the future of our water, but I also believe we must pursue those principles within a context that is honest. To do otherwise is to participate in what is popularly called "greenwashing."

Is Your Bedroom Toxic? 5 Easy Ways to Get a Restful Night's Sleep

Beth Greer | Posted 08.06.2011 | Green
Beth Greer

Transforming your bedroom into a safe haven can have a major impact on improving your health and well being. The good news is creating a healthy bedroom is pretty simple.

Hollywood Suicides By Chemical Inhalation Concern Authorities

AP | By LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 08.06.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Associate Press) -- The suicide of a young woman in the Hollywood Hills might have seemed just another sad Tinseltown story but for large...

An Environmental Record Worth Talking About

Lisa P. Jackson | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green
Lisa P. Jackson

As the head of the EPA, I have been called to testify before Congress more than any other cabinet member. The simple fact is, I would not be making so many trips to the Hill if the EPA was not doing its job.

Jessica Alba: Super Mom

Sarah Janssen | Posted 07.20.2011 | Green
Sarah Janssen

Actress and mother Jessica Alba is traveling to Washington DC next week to lend her name and star power to an extremely worthy cause: reducing our exposure to unsafe chemicals.

New Study Finds Flame Retardant Chemicals are in Most Baby Products

Sarah Janssen | Posted 07.19.2011 | Green
Sarah Janssen

A new study published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Environmental Science & Technology, found that out of 101 baby products tested, 80 contained flame retardant chemicals.

Sustainability is for People, Too: Why We Need Fair Labor Rights in Organic Farming

Jim Cochran | Posted 07.17.2011 | Green
Jim Cochran

Our global, industrial food system is causing a slow erosion of the rich complexity that used to exist in farming communities around the world.

Spring is Here -- Along With Potential Attitude Shifts

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.12.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

There is no more potent force than a mother fighting for the safety of her children. They don't have to be trained advocates, just spurred to mobilize. Think Lois Gibbs, who revealed the whole town of Love Canal, NY, was sitting on top of 21,000 tons of toxic waste.

Pediatricians: Toxics Endanger Kids Health

McKay Jenkins | Posted 07.05.2011 | Green
McKay Jenkins

Given the utter absence of federal policy on toxic chemicals, health and environmental groups in a growing number of states have been doing their best to act on their own.

Green News Report: April 21, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.21.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: It's hard...

"Safe Chemicals Act of 2011" Introduced

Andy Igrejas | Posted 06.21.2011 | Green
Andy Igrejas

A fight that has been raging in state legislatures, corporate boardrooms, scientific journals and a shopping aisle near you for a decade has finally come to Washington.

Green News Report: April 19, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Big victo...

Green News Report: April 5, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.05.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Breaking:...