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Environmental Health

"Protecting children from fire doesn't require exposing them to toxic chemicals."

According to Lynne Peeples, many health experts caution that the added chemicals in products treated with flame retardants likely pose a greater health risk than any flames they might fend off. Common flame retardants have been linked with learning disorders, reduced fertility and cancer, they say, and non-chemical alternatives do exist. Read the full Huffington Post article here.

Mercury: It's not just for fish anymore

According to Saundra Young - CNN Medical Senior Producer, the FDA has found that there are skin products on the market in the U.S. that contain mercury, highly toxic to the brain and kidneys according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read the full CNN Health article here.

Annie Leonard's "The Story of Stuff Project"

Annie Leonard has been working on environmental health issues for almost 20 years. The Story of Stuff Project films are free to watch! View them all here. The first film, "The Story of Stuff," is about the way we make, use and throw away stuff. This series of short films suggests ways we can make things better.

Penelope Jagessar Chaffer's film, "Toxic Baby"

This film is a journey into our bodies with a revelation about the chemicals that invade and destroy them. A host of scientists contribute to this mother's quest for understanding what threatens the health of her baby. Click here for the Ted Talk on Toxic Baby and here for the trailers and more about the movie, scientists, and creator of Toxic Baby.

Communities Learn the Good Life Can Be a Killer

Click here to read the complete NY Times article!

According to Dr. Richard J. Jackson, professor and chairman of environmental health sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, unless changes are made soon in the way many of our neighborhoods are constructed, people in the current generation (born since 1980) will be the first in America to live shorter lives than their parents do.

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