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EPA drops ball on danger of chemicals to children

Just when you think there are no more shoes to drop in the Bush Administration’s march to decimate any and all public protections …  Imelda Marcos stops by after a shopping spree. In relation to a couple of recent posts related to Mark Schapiro’s book Exposed, where he is taken to task by some apologists […]

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Low Salmon numbers should spawn action

If you’re not sufficiently PO’d or freaked out by the lede to this story in The San Francisco Chronicle: The Central Valley fall run of chinook salmon apparently has collapsed, portending sharp fishing restrictions and rising prices for consumers while providing further evidence that the state’s water demands are causing widespread ecological damage. Then read […]

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George Lakoff hearts Obama

George Lakoff, the master of all master debate framers, has a great piece up on OpenLeft called “What Made Obama’s Speech Great.” Lakoff believes Obama’s speech was a turning point in U.S. politics, and was a broad sweeping look at the state of politics and people today, and not just on race as the media […]

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Building Green in Kansas

This just in from our good friend and Chelsea Green author Dan Chiras and the efforts to rebuild Greensburg, Kansas as a sustainable community from the ground up. The community was nearly wiped off the face of the Earth by a tornado last year, and Chelsea Green has donated green building books to help the […]

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Keeping kids’ toys safe

Journalist Mark Schapiro, whose book Exposed was recently the basis for a special feature on PBS’ NOW program that focused on phthalates—a hard-to-pronounce but damaging group of chemicals found in many children’s toys—is taking on the chemical industry’s apologists. Elizabeth Whalen took him to task earlier this year on The Huffington Post, calling him an […]

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Rethinking Limits to Growth

When Limits to Growth was published nearly 35 years ago by the Club of Rome, critics scoffed at its interpretations of data, arguing that its view of the world was skewed. Today, however, as we come to realize that “peak everything” is not an illusion, many are rethinking some of the basic assumptions laid out […]

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Cities leave US behind on climate accord

With the Bush Administration continuing to keep its head in the proverbial sand when it comes to global warming, many states are taking action and leaving the US as a whole in the dust, and are inviting key European allies here to talk about new strategies, according to a new report in Bloomberg. States are […]

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Clinton vs. Clinton

Since we’ve put up the rather moving speech by Sen. Barack Obama, I wanted to put up a couple of items related to the other Democratic candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton. Former Vermont Governor and Ambassador to Switzerland Madeleine Kunin makes the argument in a leading Vermont Sunday news magazine recently that Sen. Hillary Clinton is […]

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Investigative look at toxic toys

The PBS show NOW is turning its news magazine prowess toward a topic near and dear to author Mark Schapiro’s own journalistic prodding—phtalates. What are those you ask? Nasty, for sure, and while they make toys and other fun little plastic gizmos fun and pliable, they also do a number on the chemistry of your […]

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Teens aim to green the beauty industry

With constantly alarming news about the toxins contained in lipstick, and other beauty products, one group of teens continues to set its sights on banning such ingredients from personal care products. The annual Teens for Safe Cosmetics conference was held recently, and according to an article in The San Francisco Chronicle, the group ended its […]

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