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What the Heck is Fracking? And Why Don’t You Want It Anywhere Near Your Water?



It sounds like it could be a new dance ("Let's do the frack!"). Or maybe it's a cool way to clean your house ("I really fracked my floor this week; it looks great now!") But it's not. Fracking is short for "hydraulic fracturing," explains Chris Bolgiano in this Bay Journal article. "It involves drilling a […]

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We Don’t Wait for Our Child to Get Hit By a Car Before We Tell Her to Look Both Ways When Crossing the Street



"Look both ways before you cross the street." That's the Precautionary Principle in a nutshell. The Precautionary Principle was hammered out at the historic Wisconsin Wingspread conference in 1998 by scientists, researchers, and citizens. The principle is grounded in the simple belief that we should not wait to protect ourselves or the environment until we […]

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Put Breast Cancer on Your Big Green Purse Agenda



Dr. Janet Gray, a scientist at Vassar College and director of the school’s Science, Technology and Society program, recently collaborated with the Breast Cancer Fund to issue a report on the dangers women face from environmental factors that cause breast cancer. I interviewed Dr. Gray and reviewed the report; here are the highlights: *  Breast […]

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Shift your Spending to Prevent Breast Cancer



A comprehensive review of the scientific research into what causes breast cancer was released last month, and the news isn’t good. It’s not surprising, either: Women face daily and widespread exposure to hundreds of chemicals that can cause tumors in our mammary glands. Those chemicals include diesel exhaust, chemicals that are put into personal care […]

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