Things Are Good: Zara commits to go toxic-free

The world’s largest clothing retailer Zara has committed to going toxic-free. After pressure from the environmental-concsious group Greenpeace the company has joined a handful of other large corporations that are (or soon will be) disclosing what toxins go into their products and how those chemicals are dealt with. Zara’s commitment to act more transparently is ...

DeSmogBlog: White House Wants Industry Help To Choose Which Regulations To Kill

white house.jpg When the Obama White House begins adopting the same talking points as the dirty energy industry, something has gone horribly wrong with our government. But that is exactly what is happening today, with the White House apparently buying into the repeatedly debunked industry talking point that claims that government regulations are killing jobs. ...

DeSmogBlog: Shrinking Arctic Ice May Cause Mercury Poisoning

Arctic-MultiYear-Ice-1980-150×150 (1).jpg NASA has shown repeatedly that the Actic icecap is melting, and melting faster than climate models predict. This new visualization is stark and should be of obvious concern, simply because of the impact on sea levels. Now there is a potentially new threat. The process of shrinkage may cause a chemical reaction that ...

Left Over: Say No! to Enbridge, a little Donnybrook coming to a Canadian West Coast near you

Here’s  something I was requested to share on Facebook, and i’m happy to do so…it’s a great symbol for the expressed unity of First Nations people and everyone else opposed to this toxic concept, and a fittingly scary trope for all that this pipeline concievably represents.. Artwork by Andy Everson, NorthWest Coast First Nations Artist ...

350 or bust: Northern Gateway Pipeline: Just Say No To Enbridge

How far are we willing to go to continue our toxic addiction to oil? Why can’t we just love it and leave it? It’s been a hell of a ride these past few centuries, but it’s time for humanity to wake up out of our oily nightmare and move on. There are alternatives to our ...

DeSmogBlog: Report: Arsenic From Coal Ash Disposal Sites Leaching Into Groundwater

toxic water 2.jpg The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has released a startling report showing that coal ash dumps near coal-burning power plants are leaching arsenic and other toxic chemicals into water supplies. The new report identifies 20 new sites in 10 different states where coal ash is contaminating water supplies. These sites are in addition ...

DeSmogBlog: BP Oil Dispersant Corexit Contained Cancer-Causing Agents

dispersant-application1.jpg A new report on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster of 2010 is providing adequate cause for concern for residents and clean up workers along the Gulf Coast. The report from EarthJustice reveals that Corexit, the oil dispersant used by BP to aid in oil cleanup, is laden with cancer-causing chemicals. The dispersant Corexit was dumped into ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Mountaintop Removal Mining Directly Linked To 60,000 Cancer Cases In Appalachia

Mountaintop_Mining-04647.jpg A new study from the

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: GOP Coal Ash Bill May Be Hazardous To Your Health

poison_sign.jpg The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted this week to allow a new bill on the regulation of coal ash to be considered for a full House vote. The bill, known as The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, would prevent the E.P.A. from classifying coal ash (or fly ash) as a toxic substance, ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Coal Ash Disposal Sites Contaminating Ground Water In 19 States

toxic1.jpg The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has released a new report showing that coal ash disposal sites are threatening water supplies at 33 sites located in 19 different states across the U.S. The EIP says that the levels of heavy metals like arsenic in these locations are dangerously higher than federally accepted levels, which the ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Mountaintop Removal Mining Linked To Birth Defects

mountaintop-removal-project.jpg Researchers at Washington State University and West Virginia University have released a new report that links an increase in birth defects in Appalachia to the practice of mountaintop removal mining (MTR or MTM). The study shows that communities exposed to the wastes created by blowing up mountains to extract coal experience significantly higher instances ...