|‘Chemicals are everywhere’: Maine moms lobby for update to toxic substance law|
Bangor Daily News - 10/28/2013. By Seth Koenig - Portland: Bettyann Sheats said when her daughter was younger, they used to enjoy making crafts together. The Auburn woman said she later was shocked to learn that some of the metal charms they used to make beaded bracelets contained lead, and others may have contained cadmium, both toxic metals.
|The climate change era is already upon us|
The Daily Climate - 10/28/2013. By Jane Lubchenco and Thomas E. Lovejoy - A sophisticated analysis, published in the premier scientific journal Nature by a team of young scientists at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, shows that impacts of climate change are already dramatic, with much more to come. While policymakers posture, dither and deny, the unraveling has already begun.
|GM Crops Causing a Stir in Washington State, Mexico, and Hawaii|
Worldwatch Institute - 10/28/2013. By Sophie Wenzlau - In Washington state, voters are beginning to cast ballots in favor of or opposing Initiative 522, which would mandate that all GM food products, seeds, and seed stocks carry labels in the state. According to the initiative, polls consistently show that the vast majority of the public, typically more than 90 percent, would like to know whether or not the food they buy has been produced using genetic modification.
|Shoppers move Target to address toxic chemicals|
San Francisco Chronicle - 10/28/2013. By Stephanie M. Lee - As consumers nationwide have become more aware of the toxic chemicals in their over-the-counter products, they have pushed manufacturers and retailers to make changes. The message seems to be paying off. The latest example is retail giant Target, which this month announced that it will identify and eventually inform shoppers which of its more than 7,500 household and personal care products are least harmful to health and the environment.