Next Up in the “Soil in the City” Series: Remediating Arsenic in the Santa Fe Right of Way, 9/12/13

Next Up in the "Soil in the City" Series: Remediating Arsenic in the Santa Fe Right of Way, 9/12/13
The Santa Fe Right of Way, a stretch of open space that used to be a railway line, runs through several neighborhoods in South and Central Berkeley. It’s the site of a bioremediation project that we’ve blogged about in the past, and next week we’re running a workshop there as part of our Soil in… Read more »

BPA and Phthalates Tied to Obesity and Diabetes in Children

BPA and Phthalates Tied to Obesity and Diabetes in Children
One in six American children and teens is obese, which brings a range of other health risks, like diabetes, into their lives at an early age. A new study shows a link between phthalates and insulin resistance (which leads to diabetes), and BPA and obesity in adolescents. “Clearly unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity… Read more »

Plastic-Free Living Workshop with Beth Terry, 6/8/13

Plastic-Free Living Workshop with Beth Terry, 6/8/13
You’ve heard the news, read the stories, and detected a difference. Now you’d like to find even more ways to get plastic out of your life. It’s easier (and more fun) than you may think! In this workshop, author and community activist Beth Terry will lay out pathways for replacing plastic with less harmful materials.… Read more »

Breaking the Chains of Plastic: An Event Series on Health and the Environment, Coming this June

Breaking the Chains of Plastic: An Event Series on Health and the Environment, Coming this June
If you look around you right now, how much plastic do you see? Plastics can be a part of nearly everything we buy, whether a new digital device or a box of cereal. As plastic becomes more abundant, it may feel like you have no choice but to join the rising plastic tide. We do… Read more »

Are Antibacterial Products Safe? FDA Set to Review Triclosan

Are Antibacterial Products Safe? FDA Set to Review Triclosan
The FDA has been urged to settle a 40-year-old review of the antibacterial chemical triclosan. Nixon was president when Congress first tasked the FDA to develop guidelines for common antibacterials used in consumer products, but the agency never finalized its draft guidelines. As a result, triclosan was not pulled from existing product ingredients, and was… Read more »