King Coal and Big Oil are in Trouble

The true cost of fossil fuels is getting harder to ignore. When a BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, killing 11 workers and unleashing a catastrophic spill, the coal-mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 miners hadn’t yet faded from...

Adding Toxic Chemicals to a Toxic Oil Spill

Let’s say that you have a water well, and a leak from an underground tank at a nearby gasoline station has contaminated your water. Not to worry, says the station owner, for he can fix the problem by dumping a secret mixture of toxic chemicals into your well....

Filthy Factories Won’t Help Sick Kids

Conditions at the Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, Johnson & Johnson factory that produced now recalled children’s medicines including children’s Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl were apparently appalling. “This inspection report is pretty close to...

We’ve Been Slicked by Big Oil

Suddenly, we’re relearning the painful lesson that when technological solutions combine with corporate promises, we often get a toxic mix. This lesson is literally oozing over us in the form of the Gulf of Mexico’s disastrous oil slick, brought to us by...

Fragrances Can Really Stink

A loophole left by the 1973 Fair Packaging and Labeling Act means the FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to list all the ingredients in “fragrances” as is required for other cosmetics. As a result, the Environmental Working Group’s Enviroblog...