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House Passes Ban on Phthalates and Lead in Toys
The House has passed a ban phthalates and lead from toys and children's products under a historic overhaul of the U.S. product safety regulations.
Salt Lake City to Offer Incentives for Green Homes
Salt Lake City's mayor has issued an order to streamline the permit process for developers who agree to build green homes. Qualifying programs include Energy Star for homes and LEED Silver, which indicate energy efficiency and green building.
United Nations to Turn Down Air Conditioning in Historic NYC HQ
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the United Nations headquarters in NYC to turn down the air conditioning in order to save energy and set a good example in the fight against global warming.
Phthalates, Lead to Be Banned in Toys and Children's Products
Congress has agreed to ban phthalates and most lead from toys and children's products under a historic overhaul of the U.S. product safety regulations.
Granite Countertops Are Red Hot Perhaps Literally
Granite countertops can release radiation and radon, and may pose some health risks. Granite also has a big environmental impact.
California Law Promotes Low-Interest Loans for Renewable Energy
California has approved a law that allows towns to offer low-interest loans to homeowners and businesses to invest in renewable energy, from solar power to energy efficient air conditioning.
Mold On FEMA Trailers Prompts Anger from Midwest Flood Victims
After mold has been discovered on FEMA trailers in Indiana and Iowa, flood victims are outraged, and replacements are being made.
Los Angeles Weighs Plastic Bag Ban
Los Angeles has become the latest California city to debate a ban on plastic bags from stores. The environmental issue is heating up across the state, with a movement to reverse the prohibition on fees for plastic bags.
GreenLine Paper Launches Green Office Program
GreenLine Paper Company has announced an online certification program for offices interested in going green, to promote use of recycled paper, energy conservation and more.
Bad Housing Market? Not for Green Buildings (or Donald Trump)
The U.S. real estate market continues to struggle, though Donald Trump and green building are both doing relatively well. A win for green housing!
Wal-Mart Let's You See Where Jewelry Originated
Wal-Mart has agreed to market a brand of jewelry that will allow customers to trace the origins back to the mine that produced the gold or silver.
Wal-Mart Agrees to Buy Sustainable Wood
Wal-Mart has agreed with WWF to buy only wood from sustainable forests.
What Cancer-Causing Stuff Is Hidden in Your Home?
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel continues its investigation of the chemical industry's influence on the EPA in a report detailing how a carcinogenic flame retardant, chlorinated Tris, got into just about every foam product in your home.
More Children's Jewelry Recalled Due to Lead Hazard
More than 500,000 pieces of children's jewelry are being recalled because of lead.
Green Insurance for Homeowners Nationwide
Fireman's Fund Insurance is leading the way with green homeowners insurance, which promotes green building and energy efficiency.
Chemical Used in LCD Screens Found to Be Global Warming Gas
A chemical used in making LCDs (liquid crystal displays), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), has been found to be a greenhouse gas.
Children's Jewelry Recalled Because of Lead
Bead Bazaar children's jewelry is being recalled because of high lead content.
UN Works Toward Greener Electronics Recycling
E-waste is a growing problem, and recycling of electronics has been troublesome and dirty. Now, the United Nations has spearheaded an initiative to set international guidelines.
Rhode Island Supreme Court Tosses Out Historic Lead Paint Ruling
Rhode Island's Supreme Court has tossed out a historic case on lead paint and lead poisoning, ruling that paint companies cannot be held liable under public nuisance laws.
Receding Floodwaters Can Deposit Dangerous Toxins in Homes
Floods can deposit toxins in houses, and scientists are studying the problem and what to do about it.
Toxic Shower Curtains, Green Sex and Cancer
The toxic shower curtain story underscores the importance of science in public health and safety.
Are McMansions Next After SUVs?
Generation Y is driving changes in housing trends, away from McMansions and toward more efficient, green building.
8 Natural Ways to Keep Mosquitoes at Bay
Mosquitoes can be annoying, and carry diseases. Here are some natural mosquitoes control.
How Much Toxic Formaldehyde Do You Inhale?
The EPA will investigate the health risks associated with exposure to formaldehyde, which is commonly found in a variety of wood products used in cabinets, furniture and other home building and decorating products.
Finally! An Easy Drop-Off Spot for Old CFLs
Home Depot will now recycle CFLs, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, that contain a small amount of toxic mercury.
Wal-Mart Charm Key Chains Recalled Because of Lead
Wal-Mart is recalling seven more charm key chains because of high lead content.
More Efficient, Lower Impact Solar Panels Developed
Evergreen Solar has announced high efficiency, low impact new solar panels.
$4 Gas and the End of Sprawl
Will McMansions become the next slums? Maybe, as the housing prices in the exurbs fall more precipitously than elsewhere in the face of $4 a gallon gas.
Study Highlights Dangers of Vinyl Shower Curtains
A new study highlights the risk of toxic VOCs from vinyl shower curtains. Improve indoor air quality with safer shower curtains, such as fabric, bamboo, glass, etc.
Is Tattoo Ink Toxic?
Tattoos are widely popular, but are they safe?
Moms Donate Breast Milk to Nuclear Power Study
The Mother's Milk Project is seeking breast milk from volunteers, in an effort to study strontium-90 releases and assess the risk of cancer and other problems from living near nuclear power plants.
Save Energy Easily with Programmable Thermostats
Saving energy and money is easy with programmable thermostats. The EPA's Energy Star program has launched a campaign to help homeowners maximize energy efficiency with the heating technology.
Antibacterial Wipes Spread Drug-Resistant Bacteria: Study
Research at two hospitals shows that using antibacterial wipes improperly can lead to spreading of drug-resistance bacteria, which can cause disease.
HP Research Targets Green Computing
HP (Hewlett Packard) has announced a new program of research on green computing, targeting energy efficiency in data centers, servers and new software tools.
Toxic FEMA Trailers May See Comeback in 2008 Hurricane Season
FEMA may have to rely on so-called toxic trailers in hurricane season 2008 if disaster strikes again. Meanwhile, the agency is seeking alternatives for disaster housing.
Developers of New "Superlattice Structure" Lithium Battery Announce Boost in Electric Car Range
Superlattice Power Inc. announces new cathode superlattice material to boost efficiency of lithium ion batteries, which will hopefully be able to boost the range of electric cars past 200 miles.
Options Expand for Chlorine-Free Swimming Pools
With fears about chlorine, more people are using alternatives for swimming pools, from ozone to silver ions.
Lead Prompts Recall of Children's Jewelry
Seven sets of children's jewelry in the Makit & Bakit and Suncatcher brand lines have been recalled because clasps made in China have excessive lead.
Toxic FEMA Trailers To Close on Eve of New Hurricane Season
The sad saga of toxic FEMA trailers on the Gulf Coast continues, as the agency says it hopes to move out the final Katrina victims this week. Unfortunately, some fear they have no where else to go, as affordable housing is scarce.
Top 10 Ways to NOT Screw the Earth at Work
Going green is much easier than you might think, especially in the office. Check out these tips to reduce your footprint.
Lead Poisoning Prevention Tips
Six steps for identifying and eliminating sources of lead that might lead your child to lose brain matter, IQ and behavioral control.
New Toy Recalls Widget Makes Safety Easier
US Recall News has released a new widget (gadget) that provides updated information on toy recalls. Get it for your MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, etc. page or blog.
Lead Paint Prompts Recall of 7 More Toys
Seven more toys and children's products have been recalled because of lead paint violations. Here are all the details.
Battered Starbucks Attempts to Reinvent Itself by Going Green [w/ Original Video]
Starbucks Coffee is battered in the marketplace, and is now trying to reinvent itself, in part by going greener, and in part by listening to the web 2.0 community.
Indoor Plants Make Happier Office Workers
A new study gives more evidence that indoor plants are good for lowering stress and boosting well-being, especially among office workers.
Dell Targets Greater Energy Efficiency for Products
Dell is targeting greater energy efficiency for its laptops and desktops, as well as reducing its own corporate carbon footprint.
FDA Won't Tell Parents to Avoid BPA Baby Bottles
The FDA has disappointed public health advocates by refusing to counsel against use of polycarbonate plastics in baby bottles and more. The agency has failed to point out risk of harm from bisphenol a, bpa, in the plastics.
How Much Extra Will Consumers Pay for Green Products?
A study tries to assess how much more consumers are willing to pay for green and socially responsible products. The results have some surprises, and important lessons for companies.
New Center for Recycled Building Materials in LA
California-based Reuse People of America has opened a new demolition salvage store in Los Angeles, where people can get used building supplies. The nonprofit has a decontruction team to recover building materials for recycling.
Solar Thermal Plants Could Supply U.S. Energy Needs: Report
A new report from Environment America points out that solar thermal energy plants could supply the U.S.'s energy needs, free from greenhouse gases.