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Have Our Schools Rushed to Judgment On the Safety of Synthetic Turf?new

Converting grass playing fields to synthetic turf ones has been a growing trend nationwide. But possible health risks have led to debate in many communities. Locally, however, the debate has hardly been fierce.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Chiara Canzi  |  01-14-2009  |  Environment

California Regulators Admit 'Shredder Waste' from Junked Cars is Unsafenew

In September, regulators wrote to auto recyclers saying that the state's 1988 policy on shredder-waste handling would be rescinded. This policy shift largely went unnoticed by the public, but it was momentous.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  12-03-2008  |  Environment

Car Recycling is a Huge Generator of Hazardous Wastenew

Donating your old car to charity may make you feel good, but it doesn't necessarily create a net benefit for the environment.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  12-03-2008  |  Environment

Why Air Fresheners Stinknew

Evidence suggests the use of common household air fresheners is causing more harm than good to indoor air quality.
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Adrienne Beattie  |  11-13-2008  |  Culture

A Thin New Book Builds a Thin, Old Case Against the Chemical Industrynew

Nena Baker, a former investigative reporter for The Oregonian, has written a slim volume about toxins in the environment that builds an even slimmer case against the chemical industry.
Willamette Week  |  Matt Buckingham  |  09-03-2008  |  Nonfiction

In Ohio, the Feds Do Their Best to Conceal a Toxic Horrornew

Toxins are emerging from the ground under the former Ford Road landfill in Elyria, and many of the residents have developed cancer. Some think health reports were purposely repressed by the feds.
Cleveland Scene  |  Rebecca Meiser  |  05-27-2008  |  Environment

This Not-So-Intrepid Reporter's Attempt at a Cleansed and Sober Lifestylenew

I met with a trained holistic nutritionist who focuses on Eastern-influenced health counseling practices, who gave me a two-week-long cleanse/detox plan that I kicked off with some cupping, a practice whereby glass bulbs were suction-cupped to my back to draw out toxins. I found it delightfully uncomfortable.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Meredith Lindemon  |  05-20-2008  |  Science

Can the Cosmetics Industry Fight Chemicals with More Chemicals?new

There are toxins in makeup, beauty products and standard personal hygiene stuff like toothpaste, deodorant and soap, but do they have to be there? The director of Yale's Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering says that as chemistry advances, scientists are learning how to design substances to be nontoxic from the get-go.
New Haven Advocate  |  Rachel Slajda  |  05-20-2008  |  Environment

Naturopath Advocates Cleansing Through Fastingnew

Hans Frischeisen, trained as a naturopath in Germany, describes the ways he believes people can build their immune system and avoid illness.
Reno News & Review  |  Kris Vagner  |  01-05-2005  |  Science

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