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Children's Health

Collaboration focuses on protecting children across America from effects of toxic chemicals

With the generous support of the Jonas Family Foundation, in October 2016 EWG launched the Jonas Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, redoubling EWG’s decades’ long commitment to children’s environmental health with a bold new research agenda for 2017 and beyond.

The mounting evidence connecting children’s exposures to environmental contaminants and serious, life-altering health problems continues to grow, confirming that toxic chemicals in air, water and food are having adverse impacts on the well-being of our kids. Today, children may be exposed to a wide range of environmental hazards in schools and at home: lead, asbestos, PCBs, flame retardant chemicals, chemicals in cleaning products, pesticides, and various indoor and outdoor air pollutants. EWG has been on the forefront of the fight against these threats to children’s health, empowering parents and all citizens with information on how to avoid toxic exposures in everyday environments.

The partnership with the Jonas Family Fund complements enables EWG to develop model safety standards for a number of pollutants that contaminate our air, water and land. The criteria for these limits will be based solely on health impacts, and will not be influenced by the interests of polluters who discharge these contaminants into the environment. The criteria for these limits will be based solely on health impacts, and will not be influenced by the interests of polluters who discharge these contaminants into the environment.

Through the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, EWG will build on its established, game-changing research with new content and new communications strategies that will arm parents, politicians and concerned citizens with the tools and data necessary to protect current and future generations of children.

You can learn more by checking out some of our latest research below.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Toxic pollutants in drinking water are particularly hazardous for children. Compared to adults, children drink more water per pound of body weight, resulting in greater exposure and greater risk. They’re also more vulnerable to harmful contaminants because their bodies are still growing and toxic chemicals cause more harm to developing organs and tissues.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, June 29, 2017

The cozy relationship between the Trump administration and the chemical industry is easy to see. But now we’re getting details of how Dow courted the president and his top environmental official to keep a dangerous pesticide on the market.

Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

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Planet Trump
Blog Post
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

On June 27, 2017, the American Academy for Pediatrics and EWG sent the letter attached and below to Environmental Protection Agency Adminsitrator Scott Pruitt on the agency's recent decision to pull back a scheduled ban on the pesticides chlorpyri

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, June 26, 2017

The Trump administration’s proposal to study 1,4-dioxane excludes exposures from personal care products – even though an EWG analysis found that thousands of shampoos, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, toothpastes and cosmetics may include the possible carcinogen.
 

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Planet Trump
Blog Post
Thursday, June 22, 2017

American Oversight filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency today to force the release of documents and communications regarding Administrator Scott Pruitt’s March 29 decision to overrule EPA scientists and permit the continued use of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos.

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News Release
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A few blistering sunburns in childhood can double a person’s chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer in their lifetime. While a hat and shirt are the most effective at blocking harmful UV rays, a sunscreen that’s effective and safe should also be part of every family’s sun safety toolkit.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

California’s landmark health guideline for Monsanto's herbicide glyphosate is a huge step forward, but falls short of protecting children’s health, according to evidence assembled by EWG scientists.

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News Release
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Below and attached are comments EWG has submitted to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on the agency’s proposed No Significant Risk Limit for human intake of Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate, also called Roundup.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Where you live and the quality of the air you breathe can decrease your odds of surviving cancer, according to new research from the University of California, Irvine.

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Cancer
Blog Post
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Last month Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a rollback of nutrition standards for school lunches that have been successfully implemented for the last five years. The move threatens to undermine the progress made on improving children’s eating habits at the prompting of the $10.4 billion school food service industry.
 

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Friday, June 2, 2017

President Trump is waging a full-scale campaign to roll back decades of progress toward making America’s food safer, healthier and more clearly labeled. 

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Planet Trump
Blog Post
Thursday, June 1, 2017

WASHINGTON President Trump officially pulled the United States out of the Paris agreement on climate change today – a calamitous decision that will have severe implications for the future of the planet and the well-being of the

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Choosing the right sunscreen from the hundreds of products lining store shelves can be daunting. EWG researchers came up with a list of 14 worst-scoring sunscreens for kids to avoid.

 

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Karen Malkin, a leading integrative health coach and lifestyle practitioner, has joined the EWG board of directors, further raising the group’s profile as the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization advancing the importance of healthy foods free from toxic chemicals.

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News Release
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

In April, the city of Berkeley, Calif., won a major decision in a federal appeals court, allowing the city to go forward with its ordinance requiring cellphone retailers to provide consumers with information about safe cellphone use. The court denied a request by the the mobile phone industry's lobby, CTIA-The Wireless Association, which had fought the city’s attempts to educate its citizens.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Monday, May 1, 2017

Only one week after his confirmation as secretary of agriculture, Sonny Perdue announced Monday that the Trump administration will roll back the health-protective nutrition standards for school meals championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, April 17, 2017

The Environmental Working Group is surveying U.S. makers of personal care products to ask if they are working to remove 1,4-dioxane, a likely human carcinogen, from their products. According to EWG’s Skin Deep® database, at least 8,000 products on the market contain ethoxylated ingredients, which may be contaminated with the chemical.
 

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News Release
Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Environmental Working Group commends Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for protecting Americans from exposure to a potentially toxic contaminant in personal care products.
 
 

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News Release
Monday, April 10, 2017

If you have small children in the house, are pregnant or are trying to conceive – or simply want to stay healthy – you are probably looking for ways to avoid toxic chemicals at home and outdoors. Harmful pollutants that can increase the risk of cancer and damage your developing child’s IQ can lurk in household dust, leach out of plastic containers and even contaminate tap water.

 

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

President Trump's plan to cut funding that helps states protect children from lead poisoning would save less money than the cost of his trips to Florida. It’s a callous proposal that again shows the administration's disregard for children's health, said EWG President Ken Cook.

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News Release

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