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5 wetland species swamped by toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Wetlands like bogs and swamps are found across the United States, and although wetland habitats only make up about one percent of the earth’s surface, they are considered some of the most biologically...

Do billionaires get farm subsidies?

A blockbuster report by the Government Accountability Office revealed that more than 1,300 “high-income” farmers received subsidies from the federal crop insurance program. But Congress has barred the...

EWG statement on California appeals court hearing over CPUC's rooftop solar decision

A panel of California appeals court judges heard oral arguments on Wednesday as part of a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Protect Our Communities Foundation and...

Sweater weather worries: What to know before you layer up

As temperatures drop and holiday shopping kicks into high gear, it’s time to talk about the many chemicals that might lurk in the clothes filling your gift bags.

Four ways to reduce emissions from food and farming

Food and farming is a large – and growing – source of greenhouse gas emissions. As officials gather for a global climate change conference, here are four steps the Biden administration can take to...

How EWG saved Christmas: Healthy stocking stuffers under $20

Rushing downstairs on Christmas morning to check your stocking is one of the oldest and most treasured yuletide traditions. But finding the perfect stocking stuffers isn’t always as enjoyable.

The EPA hasn’t banned this brain-damaging pesticide, so states are stepping up

Chlorpyrifos is the most widely used organophosphate pesticide in the U.S., with millions of pounds sprayed every year. Scientists have definitively linked it to severe brain damage in children and...

Microplastics in the Great Lakes: Unsafe for wildlife

From Milwaukee to Buffalo, the Great Lakes span over 500 miles and contain 84 percent of North America’s surface freshwater. But the iconic lakes – and the wildlife they’re home to – may be in danger.

USDA: Conservation backlogs grow despite new climate-smart funding

New data from the Department of Agriculture show that farmer demand for USDA farm stewardship support continues to outstrip available funds, despite $19.5 billion of additional funding for climate...

Abandoned: Unsafe ‘forever chemicals’ levels in thousands of drinking water samples near 63 military bases

Across the U.S., the Defense Department has contaminated potentially thousands of private drinking water wells with dangerous amounts of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. But the DOD has...

Triple dipping: Rice farmers received at least $3B from three types of taxpayer-funded programs

Some agriculture groups and Republicans in Congress are proposing to increase crop price guarantees in the upcoming farm bill to boost farm subsidy payments – but an EWG analysis shows some rice...

Ignoring NuScale blunder, Duke Energy set to squander hundreds of millions on non-existent small nuclear technology

Unfazed by the termination of NuScale Power’s multimillion-dollar wasteful Utah small nuclear reactor, or SMR, project in early November, Duke Energy is pushing ahead with a plan to waste potentially...

Surprise! Some of your favorite foods may contain artificial sweetener

You’ve probably heard some of the concerns being raised lately about artificial sweeteners. Maybe you’ve even sworn off diet products as a result.

What are quats?

To protect your health, it’s essential to know what’s in your cleaning products, especially if you have kids, who are more vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals.

Safer storage: Avoiding microplastic concerns while managing holiday leftovers

As the holidays approach, our kitchens are warming with festive feasts for friends and loved ones. The joy of preparing and indulging in holiday delicacies is often followed by the challenge of...

Mixing up healthier holiday cocktails

Holiday party season is upon us, which means savory appetizers, festive desserts and seasonal cocktails and mocktails.

What is sodium hypochlorite?

Before you start any kind of home cleaning, think twice about what products you’re using. Many cleaners use toxic chemicals that can cause health harms. One of the most common is also one of the most...

7 holiday cleaning tips for a healthy home

’Tis the season of joy and celebration – but with all the cooking and entertaining, our homes can quickly become a mess. Many of us may feel inspired to engage in a bit of seasonal cleaning –...

EWG’s 2023 gift guide

Choosing a gift for someone is challenging enough without the added worry of whether the item is full of potentially harmful chemicals.

Holiday shopping, handled: The best (and cleanest) pampering gifts for everyone on your shopping list

It can be tough during the holiday season to find small gifts that aren’t either filled with toxic chemicals, made entirely of sugar or packaged in tons of wasteful plastic – or some combination of...
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