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The Plastic Problem

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BPA and other everyday toxins are being linked to major health problems. How can policymakers protect us?

If you're reading this, chances are you've been exposed to bisphenol A (BPA). A key ingredient in many modern plastics, the chemical compound has been used since the 1940s in everything from baby bottles to goggles to lining for food containers. In recent years, animal studies have demonstrated links between BPA and a host of ill health effects, including breast and prostate cancer. ......read more

The Toxic Irony Of Being Green

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A look at 350.org's planet-scale art project for the climate.

How's this for bitter irony? Most forms of the color green, the chosen emblem of environmentalism since the 1960s, are not only not ecologically responsible but potentially poisonous. Writing in the Design section of the New York Times, Alice Rosthorn says that because the color green is so difficult to create, manufacturers have to use toxic chemicals to stabilize it. That means that......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-2-10

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Weekly links: Seafood's dirty dozen, Banksy on BP, and 7 ways to recycle denim.

Pier Pressure: From The World's Best Ever, British art prankster Banksy makes a sly comment on the BP oil spill with this “reconditioned dolphin ride with crude oil and a tuna net.” The Dirty Dozen: Mother Jones hips us to the 12 least sustainable seafoods from this year's Smart Seafood Guide, published by Food & Water Watch. The guide takes into account not only health and......read more

NASA to Undertake Massive Pollution Cleanup

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Polluted soil beneath launch pads could cost $1 billion to remediate

When it comes to its environmental effects on Earth, space exploration is a dirty business. NASA says it could take a century to clean up the chemical messes left behind by launching shuttles and rockets into space. The liftoffs have created plumes of carcinogenic chemicals in the sandy soils beneath Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral in Florida.  NASA said it will spend $96......read more

Toxic Beauty

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By Kacper Kowalski

Aerial photography of nature - and the destruction of nature - are earily and beutifully captured by Polish photographer Kacper Kowalski in his series Toxic Beauty.  The series placed second in the 57th annual World Press Photo Awards for 2014 in the category of Nature.  We see a lot of areal images, and Kowalski's eye for textures and colors are among the finest.   Views from the......read more

Want Safer and Cheaper Solar Panels? Just Add Salt

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Researchers switch out a toxic chemical in solar cells for a salt found in tofu

Solar power may be one of the cleanest energy sources, but one way of producing solar cells is actually quite toxic. A new study points to a safer and cheaper method, using an ingredient that is also used to make tofu. Researchers at the University of Liverpool discovered that a salt used to produce the fermented bean curd, as well as to de-ice roads, could be a new ingredient in making solar......read more

Unearthed Clay Paints

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Non-toxic, biodegradable paints available in six earthy pigments $49.00

If there was ever a consumer product that was ripe for a sustainable shift, it's conventional paint. Standard latex house paints are not only energy-intensive to produce, but also come loaded with toxic chemicals that make disposal a nightmare. Enter Unearthed Paints, a company producing biodegradable, natural paints using ancient recipes. Unearthed Clay Paints come in six options that are......read more

Smiling Planet Plates

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100% recycled, no BPA, no phathalates, no lead and no toxic inks. $14.00

Husband and wife team Olivia Haveiland and Freddy Deane created Smiling Planet to make 'earth friendly plates and things for kids.' It was a natural step for Olivia, whose family has been manufacturing fine porcelain for over 150 years. We happen to love the artwork - and the plates are 100% recycled, BPA free, phthalate free, and PVC free. The price is right too.   Wonder Full World, 8"......read more

Water Tight

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EPA tightens regs on drinking water toxicity.

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced standards on a new set of toxic chemicals in drinking water, including perchlorate, a compound found in rocket fuel and fireworks that has already seeped into the drinking water supplies of 26 states.  The decision to control perchlorate and other chemicals in drinking water reverses a 2008 Bush administration ruling that deemed the......read more

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