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The Brown Agenda

Over the past decade or so, the talk surrounding environmental issues has mainly been about being green.  Sometimes referred to as the green agenda, its focus is on sustainability, reducing waste and recycling. While all this is good, the green … Continue reading

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Toxic Mercury Exposure: Huge Increase in U.S., 500,000 Children At Risk

Chronic mercury exposure in the U.S. has risen dramatically, not only in numbers of people affected but also in amounts. A study by Professor Dan Laks found that mercury was detected in only 2% of the blood samples collected over … Continue reading

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Earth Day in the Developing World

It has been 40 years since the very first Earth Day. No doubt, things have changed for the better, at least here in the U.S. Our environment is much cleaner, and life-threatening pollution of the kind brought to light by … Continue reading

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Better Living Through Green Chemistry

Finally the drumbeat is getting louder on the issue of environmental toxins and I say it is about time. Last month, NYT’s Nicholas Kristof wrote an op-ed on the link between autism (and other diseases) and environmental toxins.  Now, Time … Continue reading

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Innovations and Collaborations this September

I am glad to report that the Rockefeller Foundation has invited us back to the Bellagio Center in Italy this September to reconvene the next international meeting about the Health and Pollution Fund (HPF) – the planned $500 million public … Continue reading

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Pollution and Vaccines

An interesting new perspective has opened up on the dangers of pollution.  While most people know that pollution poisons, it now seems that the immune system is especially affected by contaminants.  Pollution appears to skew the body away from making … Continue reading

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Pollution, Poverty and the I.Q. Connection

Does pollution plague a country because it is poor? Or does pollution make a country poor? While the case for the former can be easily made — poorer nations have less resources for cleanup and regulations; the case for the … Continue reading

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