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A handy health checklist for pregnancy

Talk about a double whammy. It's challenging enough to be green when you're solo, and then pregnancy comes along and gives you twice the eco-angst (not to mention more hormones than you know what to do with). Photo: iStockphoto The cause for alarm is real: pregnancy is the most critical time for establishing your baby's well being. It's also the time when you're vulnerable to the alphabet stew of harmful chemicals in the world, which are increasingly making their way into women's bodies, wombs, and breast milk. But there is good news: Simple measures like eating organic, nutrient-rich foods before …

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Tattoo you?

Tattoos getting in the way of epidurals? That could be the biggest environmental health issue of all.

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Reflections on protecting your offspring without losing your sanity

Kidhuggers. It's a gag-me kind of word, too precious to be catchy. And it certainly won't ever replace the slur-cum-badge-of-honor for enviros -- treehuggers. But maybe it should. Illustration: Keri Rosebraugh The green movement has never been about people with an overfondness for bark and flora. Instead, it's based on a natural protectiveness, an urge to defend all the vulnerable and vital things on earth. Water, air, wildlife, wilderness -- and, OK, trees -- fall into that category. But in the most profound way possible, so do children. A newborn, when you put it this way, is the ultimate pristine …

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Can't we all just ... be vegans?

Veganism: All or nothing?

The average American weighs about 170 pounds, eats about 180 pounds of meat, gets about 24 mpg, has about two kids, owns about one-third of a cat or dog, and lives in a 2,350-square-foot home. There are lots of ways to alter your carbon footprint. Depending on your personal proclivities, some ways are "easier" than others. You get to pick what is "easiest" for you. For some, the "easiest" thing to do is not have kids. For others it is to go car-free. Not having cats and dogs is easy for many. Choosing a small, energy-efficient home, condo, or apartment …

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Green with Emmy

A look at the Emmy’s eco-efforts

The carpet may still have been red at the Emmy Awards last night, but the entire production definitely had a tinge of green. As reported in Grist List on Friday, the event included a solar panel canopy over the grandstands outside, hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles for transporting stars, locally grown and/or organic food in the catering areas, and a red carpet made from recycled plastic bottles. A short video clip from the show explains how Emmy organizers were able to go green(ish): And before you go dissin' the stars for flying to the awards show (and thereby negating the Emmy …

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A Grist special series on parenting and health

Got kids? Got thoughts on kids? Come on over to our parenting blog to chat. Among environmentalists, a common rallying cry is to protect the planet "for our grandchildren." It's a lovely sentiment, and a powerful notion -- that the choices you make today affect generations yet to come. But what about the generation spattering spaghetti sauce on your walls right now? In this special series, Grist turns its focus to parenting, offering articles and advice for navigating the increasingly common and confusing environmental health issues every parent faces. As news emerges on everything from toxic plastics in toys to …

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From Models to Mates

Televisionary From a solar-panel canopy to locally grown catering goods, the stars walking the recycled red carpet on Sunday will be "green with Emmy." And speaking of modeling eco-behavior, Tyra's banking on green as the fashion color of the season. Photo: the CW Network Everybody's surfin' now More than 80 surfers recently got on board with an effort to raise awareness about global warming -- and set a Guinness World Record for the most riders on one gnarly wave. Looks like the surf's up, but will the tide change? Photo: Marcio Rodrigues / Fotocom.net Helena on earth We're all for …

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U.S. Transportation Secretary blames bikes for decay of roads and bridges

When one rides a bicycle, one is able to transport oneself from place to place -- thus, one might call a bicycle "transportation." But not if one is U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters. Despite the fact that 10 percent of all U.S. trips to work, school, and store happen on bike or foot, Peters said in August that bike paths "are really not transportation." She strongly opposes increasing gas taxes to pay for aging infrastructure; instead, she has implied that the 1.5 percent cut of the gas tax that goes to bike paths and walking trails is stealing tax money …

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10 things <em>we</em> can do: Rebuilding civil society

It’s not that individuals can’t do anything about climate — they just can’t do it by themselves

I've been thinking about this debate over voluntary individual action and its place in the larger fight for sustainability (see here, here, and here). It's missing something. A huge gulf has developed in America between public and private life. This has put green activism -- all of progressivism, actually -- on the horns of a dilemma. On the one hand, private life has become all but coextensive with consumerism -- what we choose to buy. Shifting consumer dollars around isn't a sufficient solution to any substantial problem. On the other hand, the levers that control the state are out of …

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Talking Rain adds organic water flavors

Talking Rain now has four flavors of organic bottled water. Wow.

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