| Nov 17, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Deliberations on the food safety bill the Senate is expected to take up Wednesday may include a vote on an amendment by Sen. Dianne Feinstein that would limit the use of bisphenol A, or BPA, the widely used but controversial......
| Aug 10, 2011
| 9:34 PM
Flame retardant pollution: The communities with the highest levels overall are low income communities in California such as Oakland, Richmond and Salinas, all in Northern and Central California, mostly because those are the areas that have been studied......
| Sep 28, 2011
| 9:34 PM
"MythBusters" sets out to determine whether motorcycles are better for the environment than cars. Wednesday's season opener of the Discovery Channel show "MythBusters" select three motorcycles and three cars and puts them through tests to see if...
| Nov 24, 2010
| 8:20 PM
Five years ago this month, my second son, Tristan, started to complain that his vision had gotten blurry. I also had noticed he was gulping down everything in sight, and he seemed to be urinating constantly.
The day before Thanksgiving, I took Tristan,...
| Sep 17, 2010
More people are buying BPA-free plastics and reusable grocery bags but for new homebuyers does that environmental consciousness translate to Energy Star appliances and tankless water heaters?
In Illinois the green building movement seems to be a...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 10:08 PM
The protesters of the Occupy movement might find it surprising that they have something in common with the characters of August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean."
For "Gem" is a story of an African-American household in 1904. But the inhabitants share with...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 8:42 PM
Beyond what we eat, what we're born with and what we do, our environment contributes in major — and mostly unnoticed — ways to our health and our weight.
All have conspired to make two-thirds of adult Americans and one-third of American...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 11:55 AM
It's 1904 in a gracious boarding house run by Aunt Ester in an African-American neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Her house is a place of sanctuary and she's a healer: the locals say she can wash people's souls.
She's also 285 years old, with memories of...
| Apr 15, 2010
Parents everywhere were alarmed when, in 2008, Health Canada announced it had found the estrogen-mimicking chemical bisphenol A, known as BPA, in 84 percent of samples of baby food sold in glass jars. Their lids were lined with plastic. At the forefront...
| Apr 17, 2010
| 5:41 PM
Despite growing health concerns about atrazine, an agricultural weed killer sprayed on farm fields across the Midwest, most drinking water is tested for the chemical only four times a year — so rarely that worrisome spikes of the chemical often go...
| Jun 24, 2009
Foods in the grocery store list nutrition information on the package in a section called the "Nutrition Facts." This is where manufacturers must declare the nutrition (both good and bad) in each serving of their product. Nutrition Facts are broken down...
| Jun 29, 2010
Given all the talk about electric cars, clean diesel, ethanol and more, it can be confusing to know how fuels work and their advantages and disadvantages. Here's a guide.
Atomically, the gas we pour into our tanks is a mix of hundreds of...