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A Doctor Tells the EPA About Why We Need Carbon Emissions Standards

November 8, 2013
All day yesterday, the EPA held a public hearing for comments regarding proposals to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants. Here is what I said during my speaking slot last night: Existing power plants create 38 percent of the carbon pollution in the United States, making them the largest single source of carbon in our environment. They also create 32 percent of the total greenhouse gases produced in this nation. I applaud the EPA’s efforts to regulate the toxins, acid gases, heavy metals, and smog-forming and soot-forming emissions from newly built power plants, but there should be...
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Are you a worried mom or dad? EPA is listening

November 5, 2013
Why are you worried about clean air and/or climate change? What questions and suggestions do you have? Me? I worry about the toxins and greenhouse gasses in the air that provoke breathing problems and also contribute to climate change. I worry because my daughter, Cole, was severely asthmatic from age one through seven, and I have memories of endless, dark nights holding vigil next to her bed, watching her small rattling body fight for every breath and terrified it would lose. And I worry for Cole’s future. Today, she is a college student, laying the groundwork for what will hopefully be a...
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Supporting the Stroller Brigade and Toxics Action Day from Vermont!

October 28, 2013
Parents are descending on Washington D.C. next week to demand toxic chemical reform and to protect our kids and the public health-- and I'm with them in spirit for the Stroller Brigade and Toxics Action Day. I'm a BIG fan of parent activism, grassroots, real folks, bringing their message to Congress. And boy, do we desperately need them. We had a shot at chemical reform recently with The Chemical Improvement Act, but it needed a LOT of work to better protect public health . Congress can't give up, though. The Toxics Substance Control Act is over 30 years old, and lets 80,000 untested...
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It’s October. Are you Beyond the Pink?

October 24, 2013
The color of October used to be orange, as leaves died and pumpkins arrived on the scene. But now the color of October is pink, in the form of pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness appearing on everything from yogurt, Sharpies, football helmets, cereal and more. It’s time to move beyond the pink from awareness to prevention. Why? Because when 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the breast cancer, how much more awareness do we need? This October, the Breast Cancer Fund launched “ Beyond the Pink ,” a campaign to engage individuals and institutions to shift resources away from awareness...
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Moms Who Roar Get Heard - Time to Roar for Clean Air

October 24, 2013
Because moms and family members across the country united our voices and signed on to MomRising.org’s petitions and letters calling on our government to defend clean air and fight climate change…. We were LOUD, and we were HEARD. Here's how we know: Before the business of government was so rudely interrupted by the government shutdown, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy delivered a major policy speech on climate change at the National Press Club, singling out MomsRising as an example of an effective community calling for action. WHAT AN HONOR! Administrator...
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The Toxics Train That Could

October 22, 2013
One of my all-time favorite children’s stories is The Little Engine That Could . As the little engine slowly and with great effort pulls himself up that steep mountain, he tells himself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” Then, after trying really hard… and pushing himself… and not giving up… he finally makes it to the top. Hoooorraay!! Turns out, this lesson isn’t just for kids. Right now, there is a toxics reform bill in the works, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA). Powerful lobbyists who are paid by the chemicals industry are working hard to undermine the effort for...
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Avoid Scary Toxins and Waste this Halloween (a carnival of resources)!

October 17, 2013
Found this costume at a thrift store! Halloween is almost upon us! At this time of year I am more frightened of all the junk food, plastic, toxic face paint and artificial colorings than ghosts and ghouls! Truly, Halloween can be a time of waste, massive sugar consumption, and plastic, or we can make it reflect healthy, more sustainable choices. Or, we can simply take steps each year to make it as green and healthy as we can. Here is a collection of posts to help you, busy MomsRising readers, to make this Halloween your most fun, most green and healthiest yet for you and your kids. Safer,...
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Honeybees and Groundwater: Canaries in the Pesticide Coalmine

October 9, 2013
Researchers increasingly draw links between pesticides and serious illnesses like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, and a host of others, as well as impacts on aquatic life, such as the Potomac River’s very own intersex fish. Lately the mystery surrounding worldwide beehive loss is leading researchers to question when, where and how pesticides are used and how they affect bees. Maybe the beekeepers’ demand for the most basic pesticide information could be a tipping point in the quest for a reporting database.
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7 Reasons to Avoid Toxic Fragrances

October 4, 2013
Did you know that many personal use product such as cosmetics, shampoos, and body washes contain chemical fragrances that could be harmful to you and your family's health? Not many people do. It's also a secret that companies do not have to disclose which chemicals they are using as fragrance. They simply list fragrance-- which can mean any chemical is added to a product, even ones that have been linked to numerous health problems. Sometimes, fragrance is even added and not listed. And synthetic fragrance use in the marketplace has doubled since 1990. Here are some reasons why this is a...
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Toxic Chemicals to Avoid During Pregnancy

October 1, 2013
I didn’t realize how many women don’t have access to basic information on how to protect themselves (and their unborn child) from exposure to toxic chemicals. Check out WVE's tips for harmful chemicals to avoid during pregnancy!
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