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Book Review: Modern Poisons


When I spoke to John Warner, a founder of the field of green chemistry, for the CEH podcast, he made the observation that in educating chemists, the toxicology of the compounds they are creating is rarely considered. In a chemistry class at any level, he said, ask the chemists to describe a compound they are…

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Fracking Chemicals: Respiratory Health Risks to Infants and Children


by Ellen Webb Two years ago, a midwife from Vernal, Utah, made headlines by suggesting a link between infant mortality and air pollution from fracking. After serving as the town’s midwife for 19 years, she’d delivered a baby that died in stillbirth. This was no isolated incident: the infant mortality rate in Vernal had surged…

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Jed York, 49ers wish you a lead-filled Christmas


Testing by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has found that a San Francisco 49ers-branded Christmas tree ornament sold at Kmart contains high levels of lead, at nearly 40 times the legal limit for lead in a child’s product.  Lead is a stunningly toxic chemical that can cause cancer, reproductive health issues, neurological damages, and…

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VIDEO: a firefighter battles cancer


A note to CEH from firefighter Dan Dunnigan Dear Michael Green, Thank you for all your hard work! You are so strong and inspiring, as is your team! The video is so well done. Please let me know how I can be of service in 2016! Thanks again- and talk soon, Dan D

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Cultivating a New Generation of Environmental Justice Leaders


by Alvaro Palacios Casanova I was a gang-member from a low-income Southern California neighborhood when I had a wake-up call I’ll never forget. A rock hurtling through a car windshield crushed my nose, broke my jaw, cost me the use of my left eye and nearly ended up costing me my life. But I recovered…

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Choosing a Chemical Flame-Retardant Free Campus

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By Heather Henriksen, Director, Harvard Office for Sustainability and Joe Allen, Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment Today, Harvard becomes the first university in the nation to sign a pledge…

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A Tax Day Quiz – Your Tax Dollars at Work?

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With tax day upon us once again, it’s a good time to look at how our tax dollars are spent. As you can see by this chart, once again the military is taking the most significant chunk of your tax dollars, with about 45% of all discretionary dollars headed to the U.S. war machine (see…

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Are the New York Yankees selling illegal soap?


On Opening Day, the stink of another scandal is wafting over America’s ballparks   OAKLAND, CA – Following a Spring Training where A-Rod’s past steroid use made more headlines than the New York Yankees’ dim prospects this coming season, the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has discovered another troubling example of the team’s quickly…

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From the Desk of…Tom Cotton?


CEH has uncovered an unpublished letter that appears to be from the desk of Senator Tom Cotton, author of the recent Iran letter. A copy follows. TO: American children and families FROM: Senators Tom Cotton, David Vitter and Tom Udall Regarding the “Chemical Safety for the 21st Century” bill It has come to our attention…

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A Once-in-a-Century Pesticide (that Probably Causes Cancer)


On Friday, a World Health Organization panel of scientists from 11 countries announced their decision to list glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, as a probable human carcinogen. In particular the panel noted the links between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as well as a study showing the chemical caused DNA and chromosomal damage…

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