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Did You Hear the One About the Serious Environmentalist?

Keith Gaby | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

If you spend time with environmental activists, you'll find that most of us don't fit the stereotype. We won't scold you for driving the wrong car or turning up the heat on a cold day, and we probably tell more jokes about ourselves than any else.

Kate Sheppard

These Companies Want More Government Regulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- A group of consumer product companies have formed a coalition to push for chemical safety reform legislation. The coalition includes S...

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Finally Reform Chemical Safety Policy After 37 Years?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The EPA's decision late last week to withdraw two proposed changes to chemical safety and disclosure rules is another sign that the coun...

3 Ways to Have a Clean Air Easter

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 05.29.2013 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail... And what does that cute fluffy bunny find? Plastic eggs, fake grass and unnaturally bright-colored candy.

We Need Toxic-free Fire Safety Now!

Molly Rauch | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
Molly Rauch

We need to show California regulators that moms and dads everywhere support a modern, scientific standard that puts our children's and families' health first.

Scents and Sensitivity

Molly Rauch | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Molly Rauch

Before Heather Collins enrolled her five-year-old daughter, Sophie, in ballet classes at the local recreation center in Boulder, Colorado, she went to the ballet studio to sniff around. Literally.

Regulate BPA out the Door

Molly Rauch | Posted 05.07.2013 | Green
Molly Rauch

What's wrong with the system? Why don't our regulations prioritize the prevention of chronic health problems due to massive exposures to questionable chemicals?

Breathing Easy at School

Molly Rauch | Posted 04.23.2013 | Green
Molly Rauch

Science bears out the obvious: An unhealthy school environment adversely impacts the health and academic performance of its students.

Toxic-Free Furniture In our Future - Newly Proposed California Regulations Will Improve our Health and Fire Safety

Sarah Janssen | Posted 04.10.2013 | Green
Sarah Janssen

Usually draft regulations released on a Friday get little fanfare, but a new draft furniture flammability standard, TB 117-2013, released today is a r...

Protecting Our Communities From a Chemical Disaster

Philip Radford | Posted 07.01.2012 | Green
Philip Radford

President Obama has sent clear signals that he will pursue initiatives that he can move forward within existing laws and without the need to wrestle with Congress. Now is the time for the president to take action to protect communities from the threat of chemical disasters.

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.

Orange Juice Shows Us the Toxic Side of International Trade

Dr. Gary Ginsberg | Posted 03.20.2012 | Green
Dr. Gary Ginsberg

The U.S. has identified safer ways to limit mold growth on citrus in Florida and California. The U.S. should demand the same from our overseas suppliers.

EPA Doesn't Give Full Picture on Toxics Pollution

Corbin Hiar | Posted 03.11.2012 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The EPA has unveiled its analysis of a database containing information on the disposal or release of 650 potentially dangerous chemicals used by almost 21,000 facilities. But this provides only a snapshot of the pollution produced by American industry.

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."

Peter King Ignores Poison Gas Disaster Threat to New York City

Philip Radford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Philip Radford

Peter King appears more interested in political posturing and appeasing chemical industry lobbyists than tackling real terrorist threats like the risk of a poison gas disaster in New York.

The EPA -- Judge Them by Their Enemies

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

The EPA may be the most effective agency in the Obama administration and they are delivering on their legal mandate to protect the environment and human health.

A Dozen Threats to Your Water on the 38th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

Pollution prevention, efficiency, conservation, reuse, doing things locally and in a distributed and decentralized manner are all core principles for moving forward with water and other natural resources.

From Burning River to Burning Ocean, the Fight for Clean Water Continues

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

That we sacrifice the availability and the integrity of clean water every single day for generating energy is an enormous and largely unknown national tragedy.

Sick Flight Attendant Finally Gets Her Pay Day

Telegraph | Charles Starmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

The ruling could be a landmark case for the airline industry. Joanne Turner, a flight attendant for East-West Airlines, was five months pregnant wh...

Being Clean and Pretty Has Toxic Costs

Nena Baker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nena Baker

Adults in the United States use an average of 10 personal-care products a day. That translates to exposures to more than 126 unique chemicals.

Reducing Toxic Air Behind Schedule at EPA, Americans at Risk

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Trip Van Noppen

Report from agency's Inspector General exposes unlawful delay The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fallen far behind in one of its most impor...

New Jersey Chemical Plant Puts 12 Million at Risk, Threatens Most Lives in New York City

Philip Radford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Philip Radford

Imagine a low-lying cloud of lethal chlorine gas spreading your home town, stretching 15 miles past your childhood playground, your place of worship, or your friends' homes.

Countdown to Earth Day: Chemical Reform is Closer Today!

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

The original Earth Day of 1970 ushered in a decade of progress in protecting public health and the environment. Landmark laws like the Clean Air Act a...

In The Public Interest: Get toxic chemicals off our dinner table

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hitchcock

We ask a lot of questions about food. What's the fat content? How much sugar? Is there enough fiber? What about trans fats? Is this the brand of (...

Michael, What the Dell? Design out Toxics!

Daniel Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Daniel Kessler

On Tuesday, Greenpeace held a protest at computer giant Dell's headquarters for the company's backtracking on its public commitment to eliminate key toxic chemicals in its products by 2009. There is still time for Dell to do the right thing.