At Industry Urging, White House Buries Report on Toxic Threats to Children's Health

If you want to know the latest on what chemicals might give your kids learning disabilities, asthma, and other health problems, the White House Office of Management and Budget intends to keep you in the dark. It has buried since March 2011 the 3rd edition of EPA's report "America's Children and the Environment."

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The Wild Life of Our Bodies

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The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today

By Rob Dunn
HarperCollins, $26.99

Reviewed by Muriel Strand

Do we really have that much in common with Ardi, the protohuman who lived in Africa 4.4 million years ago? More than you might think, according to North Carolina state biology professor Rob Dunn.

Raising Elijah

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Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis

By Sandra Steingraber
Merloyd Lawrence/Da Capo, $26

Reviewed by Sue Smith-Heavenrich

The environmental crisis is actually two crises, writes Sandra Steingraber. One is what’s happening to our planet, the atmospheric accumulation of heat-trapping gasses. The other is the accumulation of toxic pollutants in our bodies. At the core is our dependency on fossil fuels.

January 13, 2014

DEADLINE: The Alexia Grants

The Alexia Foundation awards production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place. Students also get scholarship opportunities. Deadlines: Professional grants — January 13, 2014; student grants — January 27, 2014.

"FDA Seeks to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Delay of Food Safety Rules"

Did the White House Office of Management and Budget put public health at risk to make President Obama's reelection a safer bet? Working in deep secrecy for the past year, OMB blew off legal deadlines to hold up new Congressionally passed food safety rules that even the food industry supported. Now the Food and Drug Administratiion is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit by consumer advocates over the delay.


"Eric Cantor Silent On Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Offsets"

"Eric Cantor is rarely shy about his position on disaster relief aid. Even before Hurricane Irene made landfall last year, the House majority whip's office said extra spending on recovery efforts should be balanced by spending cuts elsewhere. But in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Cantor and many of his conservative colleagues have suddenly gone mostly silent on such disaster relief 'offsets' -- even though New York and New Jersey are collectively asking for a whopping $79 billion in federal aid."


DHS and CDC Refuse To Give House Panel Docs on Failed BioWatch Program

After wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on a non-working program aimed at protecting the US public from biological attack, the Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control may be refusing to give documents on the program to House Energy Committee investigators. 

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