Monthly Archives: May 2010

Listen to CEH Executive Director Michael Green on Your Call, KALW Radio

“The reason that the government has focused so much on cure and so little on prevention is because there’s a buck to be made”,  Michael Green said on today’s Your Call, KALW Radio program. The topic of today’s Your Call looks at the connections between the parallel explosion of human made carcinogens and cancer rates.  [...]

Eco-Tip of the Week: Baby-Safe Practices

Last week we discussed safe practices to reduce exposures to toxic chemicals when pregnant.  Of course, potentially harmful exposures don’t end when the baby is born.  As you probably know, young children are most vulnerable to the hazards of certain toxic chemicals since their bodies and brains are still developing. The President’s Cancer Panel recently [...]

Field of Nightmares: Keep Cancer-Causing Pesticide Out of California’s Strawberry Fields

More than 20 years ago, my sister died of cancer when she was a young mother of two kids under eight.  I still live with that pain, and I know  that I’m not alone –all of you also have the same kind of stories about this common disease. With cancer so wide-spread, it should be [...]

Walmart Knew About Cadmium In Its Jewelry

The Center for Environmental Health has filed legal notice against Wal-Mart for selling cadmium-tainted jewelry. Independent testing commissioned by the nonprofit found that a pendant on a Miley Cyrus/Max Azria necklace contained high levels of cadmium, in violation of California consumer protection law. Amazingly, Wal-Mart knew for months about the toxic jewelry, which the LA [...]

Eco-Tip of the Week: How to Avoid Toxic Exposures during Pregnancy

A lot of our friends are pregnant right now and wondering what they can do to protect themselves and their new baby from toxic chemicals.  More and more women realize that exposures to toxics are especially harmful when they are pregnant or nursing. Many of the toxics that pregnant women are exposed to in their [...]

From Oakland to DC for Clean Air & Good Jobs!

As we’ve blogged before, CEH as part of our Safe Air, Water and Food campaign is part of the Green Blue Alliance fighting to restore stability to our Ports system and improve air quality in low income communities. With hope that we have an ally in the White House, and stuck with a lawsuit against [...]

Take Action Against GMO Food Contamination

It’s been a rough few weeks for those concerned about threats from genetically manipulated (GMO) foods. First, in a recess appointment, President Obama gave the role of chief agricultural trade negotiator to a long-time lobbyist for the GMO crop industry. Next, news reports showed that farmers are facing increasing threats from GMO contamination of their [...]

For Health Care, Purchasing Safer Electronics Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Most of us use multiple kinds of electronic devices on a daily basis, and many of us scarf up the newest gadgets even before the old one’s warranty runs out (which as you know, doesn’t take very long to do!).  But most of us rarely think about the health consequences from the vast amounts of [...]

Eco-Tip of the Week: Energy Saving Tips

The average American spends over 8 hours a day looking at screens on various electronic devices. From the office, to the store, to our homes, electronic devices are everywhere, and we use them constantly. Now, we have already discussed  the mountains of e-waste that accumulate from these electronics and how devastatingly toxic they are to [...]

Eco-Tip of the Week: May is Water Awareness Month

Now that summer’s around the corner, swimming pools, sprinklers, trips to the beach or lake, water parks, and other wet ways to cool off are all starting to come to mind.  During the warm spring and summer months, we tend to not only do more water-related activities; we also use more water.  Everything from the [...]