Charlie Pizarro

Discarded but not Degraded: What Will the Aliens Think When They Find Our Plastic Crap?

Once-thriving ecosystems around the globe are now choking to death on our discarded plastic relics.  It’s a problem that’s on the minds of Generation Green members, so we’ve begun to share a few tips to help you reduce the amount of plastic that the global polymer machine creates on your behalf. In case you need…

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This Month’s Flavor for Toxic Jewelry: Cadmi-yumm

So it turns out that cadmium (atomic number forty-eight, for those of you scoring at home) is more than an otherwise-meaningless square on the periodic table. It’s also a toxic heavy metal found in our children’s jewelry. Earlier this week, the Associated Press (AP) reported on high levels of cadmium found in children’s jewelry recently…

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Two Plus Two May Once Again Equal Four, Radical Environmentalists Hope

It’s no secret:  for eight relentless years the Bush/Exxon/Mobil Administration opposed the Center for Environmental Health’s strong public health positions.  Lead in children’s products?  No problem, they said.  Reckless support for all things petroleum?  Sign us up, they said.  Gutting clean air and water standards?  Just do it, they said.  Ignoring sound science?  We can’t…

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Wal-Mart and Target: Free Lead Ain’t As Cheap As It Used to Be

As the quotable catcher used to say:  It’s like déjà vu all over again. Lead is still in kids’ products, and Wal-Mart and Target are still peddling the dirty goods.  And if the past continues to do the Yogi Berra, these retail giants will tell you that lead isn’t a problem and that Wal-Mart and…

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Pecans, Macadamias, and Assorted Nuts Cheer the New, Improved EPA

If you’re not a chemical policy nut, you likely missed new US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Lisa Jackson’s speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco last month.  Which is a shame, because it called for a landmark shift in environmental health policy:  the EPA’s return to its mandate. It was a welcome message.  For eight…

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Tell the Port of Oakland to Keep Its Promise: Clean Air and Good Jobs in West Oakland

By Christine Cordero There’s no doubt:  the movement of freight is vital to our economic health.  But as the ongoing battle for justice at the Port of Oakland shows, there’s also no doubt that the Port’s daily operations harm the physical and economic health of workers and low-income residents who live in its shadows.

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Nanotechnology Makes Tiny Particles, Big Health Problems

Nanotechnology?  Is that what Mork from Ork says when he picks up his cellphone? Actually, nanotechnology is the industry where scientists take different substances and isolate their smallest possible particles. And by “small,” we’re talking about sizes once thought impossible (as small as five atoms lined up side by side).  The reason the industry is…

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Help Save Biodiesel

A recent engine design change puts biodiesel in jeopardy. Read more and take action to save this important fuel source.

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