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Simple sleep steps to help you rest easy

Night-time routines can vary a lot. Some people have a multi-step skincare routine and high-thread-count sheets. Others just splash a little water on their face and hop under the blanket. Whatever...

As veterans grapple with toxic exposures, demand for health care surges

One year ago today, President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinsons Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, or PACT Act. He heralded the law as the...

The macro issues of microplastics

The snap of a coffee lid, the pop of a chip bag opening, the crinkle of an empty wrapper – all ways that we use plastic before discarding and forgetting about it. But we’re reminded of the pollution...

Federal Crop Insurance Program reforms can help farmers adapt to climate crisis and cut taxpayer costs

Farmers both contribute to the climate crisis – they’re responsible for producing at least 11 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions – and can also be devastated by its harmful effects, with extreme...

Beware of the chemical BVO in fruit-flavored drinks

Carbonated orange drinks and fruit-flavored energy drinks contain an ingredient that isn’t in your morning OJ: brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, a chemical that can harm the nervous system.

Sticky situation: Harmful food chemicals in chewing gum

Chewing gum has long been popular among people of all ages. It’s a convenient way to freshen your breath, curb cravings and relieve stress. But before you reach for that stick of gum, you may want to...

What are parabens?

Parabens are a group of chemicals that preserve our personal care products. But their extensive use in these everyday items puts people at repeated risk of exposure.

Corn Belt farmers could dramatically reduce nitrous oxide emissions with a handful of conservation practices

Widespread adoption of six simple farm stewardship practices by corn farmers in the Midwest could dramatically reduce nitrous oxide emissions, EWG has found. Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas that is...

What is fragrance?

Glance at the label of nearly any personal care or cleaning product, and chances are it’s scented with one “fragrance” chemical or a combination of them.

Study: Exposure to toxic ‘forever chemicals’ during pregnancy increases odds of health harms

California researchers have found alarming evidence of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in the blood of pregnant people.

What are phthalates?

As you start your day, phthalates have joined your morning rituals. Your first dose happens the moment you pull back your plastic shower curtain and then lather up with shampoo and soap. You’re...

What’s in your beach bag? Top-rated sunscreens and skin products this summer

It’s time to shake out your trusty tote from last summer – despite your best efforts, sand found its way into every crevice. And there’s stickiness from sunscreen that made its way onto the fabric...

Hard to swallow: Aspartame risk highlights FDA chemical review loopholes

Consumers digesting the news that aspartame may be linked to cancer will probably develop heartburn once they learn about loopholes in the Food and Drug Administration’s food chemical safety system.

Increasing price guarantees primarily benefits Southern states, analysis shows

Increasing price guarantees for major crops would primarily benefit farmers growing peanuts, cotton and rice in Southern states, not corn and soybean farmers.

The Conservation Reserve Program is failing. Congress should fix it.

Everyone agrees: Permanently restoring hard-to-farm crop lands with trees and grasses that can act as carbon sinks is a good way to build soil carbon.

Bad chemistry: FDA’s broken chemical review system

For decades, the Food and Drug Administration has allowed chemical companies to decide whether most food chemicals are safe. EWG recently found 99 percent of the food chemicals that have entered the...

Save your vacation with these best “bang for your buck” sunscreens

Whether you’re spending time this summer relaxing at the beach or sunbathing in your backyard, protecting your skin from the sun is important. Nothing ruins a nice day, let alone a vacation, like...

California bill to ban food chemicals is a win for environmental justice

A bill before the California Senate that would ban five food chemicals isn’t just a matter of public health.

Sidestep harmful chemicals when using powdered mixes for summer sweet treats

Summer is a perfect time for sweet treats, from serving punch at a cookout to planning a patriotic jello dessert for July 4 – and it’s also a reminder to watch out for chemicals in the powdered mixes...
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