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Children's Health

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

With generous support from Jonas Philanthropies, 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 our environment 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.

As part of this partnership, EWG is developing health-based safety standards for hundreds of pollutants that contaminate our air, water and land. The criteria for these limits are 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.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Trump Administration last week proposed to indefinitely delay proposed bans of high-risk uses of three toxic chemicals: Methylene chloride and N-Methylpyrrolidone, or NMP, in paint strippers and trichloroethylene, or TCE, in degreasing. 

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

There were plenty of good reasons to oppose President Trump’s nomination of Michael Dourson to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency. Dourson, who was opposed by public health, reproductive health, labor, business and environmental organizations, withdrew his nomination Wednesday.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Asthma can be caused by outdoor air pollution, but also by indoor emissions of chemicals, strong odors, mold, smoke or other factors.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

The CEO of one of the nation's largest coal companies claimed last month he had nothing to do with the Trump administration's scheme to make utility customers pay above-market rates for electricity from failing coal-fired power plants.

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Trump administration's scheme to make utility customers subsidize dirty, dangerous and aging coal and nuclear power plants would result in 27,000 premature deaths and a net cost of $263 billion by 2045, according to projections by independent researchers.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

EWG’s News Roundup (12/1): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Nonpartisan watchdog American Oversight and the Environmental Working Group today announced a joint investigation to determine if controversial toxicologist Michael Dourson has violated ethics rules in his work as a top advisor to Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

When Dr. Brandon E. Boor and his colleagues tested 20 new and used crib mattresses purchased in 2011 or earlier, they detected two classes of chemicals associated with endocrine disruption and harm to the reproductive system and development: flame retardants and phthalates.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

It’s not just a poor diet and lack of exercise that can make kids overweight.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

During the first few years of their lives, infants can spend most of their time sleeping or crawling in the crib. Choosing children’s products that are good for air quality in the baby’s room can be a difficult task.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The phaseout of a hazardous chemical formerly used to make Teflon has likely prevented thousands of low-weight births in the U.S. each year, saving billions of dollars in health care costs, says a new study from researchers at New York University.  

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Choosing organic food doesn’t have to mean a hefty grocery bill

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Monday, November 27, 2017

There is no safe level of exposure to lead, especially for kids.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Are you pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant? Now’s the time to start limiting your exposure to pesticides.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Supermarket aisles and television commercials are full of brightly colored foods. These vibrant hues catch kids’ eyes. But are they healthy?

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Monday, November 27, 2017

A healthy, resting adult takes 12 to 20 breaths per minute.

Children, from school-age to preschoolers and younger, take many more. It’s normal for a toddler to take twice as many breaths as an adult, and an infant may take a full three times more.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

EWG recommends breastfeeding if possible for at least the first 12 months of life.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

How many times a day do you drink water? Cook with it? Brush your teeth with it? Offer some to your children?

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Five years is a long time in the life of a child – and for the child’s parents. Five years can be a period of profound change, growth and development. But if Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has his way, millions of American kids will continue to eat harmful amounts of at least two dangerous pesticides for at least that long.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fresh food is typically the best option, but if you don't have time to make your own baby food, frozen options like Yummy Spoonfuls could be your best bet. Check out our other frozen food finds that maximize nutrition, and can save you time and money.

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