childrens health

This Start-Up Has Figured Out How to Turn Diesel Pollution Into Art

This Start-Up Has Figured Out How to Turn Diesel Pollution Into Art

By Clara Chaisson Air pollution isn’t pretty. Worldwide, it’s linked to stroke, heart disease, respiratory problems, low birth weight and millions of premature deaths annually. In the world’s most polluted cities, the particles can be so dense that they obscure the sky and stain everything from clothes to windowpanes. Graviky Labs, an India-based start-up that […]

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    China Just Shut Down Thousands of Factories to Fight Pollution

    China Just Shut Down Thousands of Factories to Fight Pollution

    In an unprecedented crackdown on pollution, the Chinese government has temporarily shut down tens of thousands of factories in an effort to improve air quality throughout industrial regions in the country. Thousands of regulators with China‘s Ministry of Environment have spread across the country to inspect factories for compliance with strict new laws detailing emission […]

    Toxic Toys? After Nine Years, a Ban on Harmful Chemicals Becomes Official

    Toxic Toys? After Nine Years, a Ban on Harmful Chemicals Becomes Official

    Phthalates are a particularly harmful type of chemical, used, among a range of other ways, to soften plastic in children’s toys and products like pacifiers and teething rings. In response to mounting concern about the serious health impacts of phthalates—most notably, interference with hormone production and reproductive development in young children—Congress voted overwhelmingly in 2008 […]

    National Walk to School Day Gets Kids Off the Bus, Reduces Pollution

    National Walk to School Day Gets Kids Off the Bus, Reduces Pollution

    Thousands of children across the U.S. will shun the yellow bus and walk or bicycle to school on Oct. 9 as part of National Walk to School Day. [vimeo_embed //player.vimeo.com/video/30142969?color=9086c0 expand=1] Organizers of the one-day event, now in its 16th year, say walking or bicycling to school results in a number of positive consequences, including […]

    Polluters Move to Block Landmark Mercury Protections

    Polluters Move to Block Landmark Mercury Protections

    Sierra Club On Feb. 16 representatives of the nation’s dirtiest polluters and their friends at special interest groups like the National Mining Association, filed the first lawsuits to block long overdue action to clean up toxic mercury pollution, acid gases and other hazardous air toxics. Toxic mercury is a potent brain poison that threatens prenatal […]

    Should the First Amendment Protect the Marketing of Junk Foods to Kids?

    Should the First Amendment Protect the Marketing of Junk Foods to Kids?

    Food Politics By Marion Nestle For some time now, I’ve been arguing that legal scholars ought to be challenging the contention of food corporations that the First Amendment gives them the right to market foods any way they like, even to kids. I simply cannot believe that the founding fathers of the U.S. intended the […]

    First Energy to Retire Three West Virginia Coal Plants

    First Energy to Retire Three West Virginia Coal Plants

    Sierra Club In a victory for clean air and local residents’ health, Ohio-based First Energy Corp. announced the retirements of three of its coal-fired power plants in West Virginia. The plants are slated to close Sept. 1, 2012. The Feb. 8 news follows last month’s retirements of six of First Energy’s coal plants in Ohio, […]