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The lowdown on home improvement products at

October 25, 2010
The Ecology Center recently released research on chemicals in home improvement products on . We tested over 1,000 flooring samples and nearly 2,300 types of wallpaper for a variety of chemicals based on their toxicity or tendency to build up in people and the environment. These...

One More Thing to Worry About in Middle School - Energy Regulations?

October 22, 2010
My colleague Mary Anne Hitt, the director of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign , is a new mom and has some words for those trying to greenwash schoolkids and college students: As a new mom, I'm paying more attention these days to how big companies are trying to influence our kids. I just learned...

Let's talk next Thursday about CA, cancer and toxics

October 15, 2010
What's orange, yellow, and pink all over? The month of October! Fall's here with orange pumpkins, yellow leaves-- and the "think pink" campaign of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everything is adorned with pink ribbons from yogurt cups to NFL football helmets. But our friends at the Breast Cancer...
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A Mom Fights Coal Ash's Health Effects

October 15, 2010
My colleague Bruce Nilles, the Deputy Conservation Director of the Sierra Club, has been sharing community coal ash profiles in his columns lately . This week's column (which I've shared below) features a mom fighting back against coal ash , the toxic by-product of burning coal for electricity...

How You Can Help CA Lead the Way in Protecting the Public from Toxins!

October 13, 2010
Every October, we are inundated with information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We here at the Breast Cancer Fund [embed link: ] think that it is not enough to just be aware about breast cancer. We need to start preventing this disease! Last week, we released our...
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Help Your School Go Green!

September 30, 2010
Our nation’s schools are in trouble – and this time, it’s not the test scores. No, this time it is the toxic chemicals lurking in schools that leave children too sick to learn. Many schools around the country are literally made out of an emerging toxic plastic of concern , polyvinyl chloride (a.k.a...
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I thanked Ken Cook for the great work!

September 29, 2010
Last week, I watched Ken Cook (president and founder of Environmental Working Group) talk about 10 Americans at UNC Chapel Hill (live talk here ) He talked about testing the blood of 10 Americans in one day for 413 toxic chemicals. The results of the tests were staggering: a total of 212 toxic...

The fine line

September 23, 2010
Priorities. This amigos and amigas changes with each season of life. When we're younger, we want to be the center of el universo. In our teen years, we want to be heard. In our early twenties, we want to be accomplished young women. Then comes amor, marriage, kids and all in all... life. Sometime,...

Families need more Health Care options

September 23, 2010
I've seen Health Care here in the US from different angles. I had a full time job for a long time that gave me "benefits", those benefits included great Health Care. When I first got in I had no idea what this meant, or that I really had it good. I only paid about $20 co-pays for doctor visits, I...

Changing the World One Mother at a Time

September 20, 2010
I am a mother. I am lots of other things but as society continues to discount and undervalue this role, it is easy to get frustrated and not claim it as loudly as I should. The world talks about how important mothers are. Yet often mothers are the last ones on the list to be asked for their opinion...