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Protecting Our Kids from Toxic Chemicals - CT is on the Brink of a Big Step

March 7, 2013
I remember very clearly the day I first learned that the vast majority of chemicals used in consumer products are unregulated by the government. Until that point I believed (as many people mistakenly do) that if I could buy it in a store it must have passed safety testing. Boy was I wrong. Out of...
Michelle Noehren's picture

Moving to Safety First, for Our Children's Health

March 5, 2013
[Crossposted from the 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,...
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The Forward on Climate Rally – a Mother’s Reflection

March 1, 2013
This past President’ Day my oldest child turned 18 and instead of celebrating his young adulthood with him, I was across the country standing on the National Mall with more than 40,000 strangers. While I may sound like an uncaring mom, the opposite is true. I’d gone to Washington DC precisely...
Diana Donlon's picture

Is Your Favorite Company Holding Out on You?

February 28, 2013
Same product. Two different labels. An appalling double standard when it comes to our health.
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Green Tech Boom in South, Latino Communities

February 28, 2013
Knoxville, Tennessee...McAllen, Texas...Little Rock, Arkansas...Albuquerque, New Mexico...Los Angeles, California. Besides L.A., many of these southern U.S. cities wouldn’t normally be considered the center of a green tech revolution. Yet, they are, and are also employing large numbers of Latinos...
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Sequestration Affects Kids and Moms

February 27, 2013
By now you've heard that federal budget cuts will take effect on Friday. And you've heard the strange-sounding name for these cuts: sequestration. Sequestration means across-the-board spending cuts, and this sequester was written into law in August 2011 as a kind of terrible incentive for lawmakers...
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Why Use a Bludgeon When a Calculator Will Do?

February 27, 2013
Sequestration is both an ugly word and hard to explain. As a budget wonk, I like to use this metaphor: It’s as if the American people are being squeezed into the back of a dilapidated Chevy pick-up. Careening down a dirt road, we’re headed for a brick wall. Try as we might to wake up from this...
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Kids are at risk. What's the hold up?

February 22, 2013
Something's rotten in Denmark. Well, in DC actually. That's where the decision's been made — again and again and again — to keep a nasty insecticide called chlorpyrifos on the market. The result? A generation of kids is sicker and less smart. I'm truly not being melodramatic, though I admit the...
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The perfect goodbye gift for a super hero mom

February 20, 2013
On February 1 4, Lisa P. Jackson stepped down from her post as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She will go down in history as the first African-American leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, but we will also remember her as a mom. With her own experience of...
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Sensitive to Fragrance? You're Not the Only One

February 20, 2013
A new report from Women's Voices for the Earth, Secret Scents: How Hidden Fragrance Allergens Harm Public Health , finds that millions of people are affected by skin allergies caused by chemicals in fragrance. In fact, allergic reactions to fragrance chemicals are common, and have increased...
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