Tag: children’s health

The New Methane Regulations: Adequate or Short-sighted?

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke precedent Thursday, May 12th when it announced the country’s first ever methane emission standards for the oil and gas industry. The agency proudly called it a further effort on the part of the Obama Administration to fight climate change, and claimed it would cut 2012 levels of methane emissions…

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Help Minnesota Mom Get Pesticide Spray Out of Her City's Parks!

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In cities and towns across the country pesticide-free parks provide healthy and good-looking places for families, kids, and pets to play. There are almost 100 parks without pesticide spray in the Pacific Northwest and there are many more in other parts of the country. You can help Andrea Stish, in Rochester, Minnesota, to get pesticide free parks…

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Moving to Safety First, for Our Children’s Health

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Crossposted from Huffington Post When is a flame retardant not a flame retardant? When it is no more effective in retarding flames than, well, nothing. Since fire safety experts and government studies say that chemical flame retardants as they are used in many products are not effective, maybe we should stop calling them flame retardants. Recently nonprofits from seven…

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Flame Retardant Chemicals in Furniture are Hard to Avoid

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“Toxic flame retardant chemicals pervade the nation’s households, especially in California, and little can be done to keep them out of our bodies, two new studies show.” -SF Gate, November 2012 This week, a spate of excellent media came out, covering the release of two new studies showing the prevalence of toxic flame retardant chemicals…

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Tell Congress: Pass the Safe Chemicals Act!

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We’re watching…. Will you send a message to your Senators letting them know you’ll be watching? For the first time ever there will be a vote in committee on the Safe Chemicals Act and we need you to encourage your Senators to support this bill. Take Action: Tell Your Senators to Pass the Safe Chemicals…

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Flame Retardants linked to Autism? Yet Another Reason I Want FRs Out of My Couch

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Crossposted from Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS) blog, by Natalie Dayton. Last summer I had the privilege of working with one of the most inspiring, fun-loving groups in the world: children. I spent three warm summer months creating fond memories, sharing enriching experiences, expanding knowledge, and growing with these children. Over the course of my…

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CDC Makes Welcome Decision to Protect Kids from Lead Poisoning!

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The leading public health agency of the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just made a welcome decision to protect children from lead poisoning. Responding to a decades-long effort by health advocates and physicians, the CDC says it will change its definition of what constitutes an elevated level of lead in…

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The Toxic Turf Times, Vol. 1

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I’ve never been much of an athlete.  When I view home videos from my childhood, I am dismayed to see that I spent more time “coaching” my little league soccer teammates as to where an opponent kicked the ball (as if they couldn’t see for themselves) than running after the ball myself. I’m no athlete, but…

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Stand Up to Support the Safe Chemicals Act!

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The mounting evidence can’t be denied: toxic chemicals we’re exposed to everyday can significantly increase the risk of developing a myriad of health problems including infertility, learning and developmental disabilities, and even cancer. Congress has an obligation to pass a law that will protect our families from harmful chemicals. Tell Congress: We’re tired of being…

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Mr. Tortorello: Stop the Toxic Insults;They Aren’t Helping

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Crossposted from Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS) blog Reading Michael Tortorello’s recent piece published March 14th in the New York Times (“Is It Safe to Play Yet? Going to Extreme Lengths to Purge Household Toxins”), evoked in me the same reaction the writer insinuates that reports of environmental toxins evoke in many mothers: crazed anger. Or…

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