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.
While there's still work to be done, this massive pesticide protection law has allowed us to remove some of the most dangerous pesticides out of the food supply. Now, 20 years later, Congress is considering the Regulatory Accountability Act that would make it virtually impossible to create rules like this one aimed at protecting public health.Read More
Pregnant women’s exposure to a rocket fuel chemical, which contaminates drinking water for millions of Americans, could harm the development of fetuses' brains, a new British study found.Read More
EWG President Ken Cook interviews Louise Greenspan, MD, and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D. – two leading experts on the root causes and potential consequences of early puberty in girls – on their new book "The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today's Girls."Read More
Jessica Assaf, EWG teen body burden study participant and natural beauty entrepreneur, discusses the results of the study and how EWG's Skin Deep® Database changed her life.Read More
A pesticide called dicamba has become a poster child for the arms race between ever-stronger weeds and ever-stronger weed killers.Read More
Americans spend as much as 90 percent of their time indoors. That’s why it’s more important than ever to think about indoor air quality and health.Read More
A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences warns that the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos can severely harm children’s developing brains.Read More
EWG’s News Roundup (10/13): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.Read More
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s decision to scrap the Clean Power Plan is not only a complete collapse of U.S. leadership on climate change, but a direct attack on public health that will trigger tens of thousands more asthma attacks among American children, said EWG President Ken Cook.Read More
EWG’s News Roundup (10/6): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.Read More
Today Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law sweeping legislation that will mean hundreds of thousands more at-risk California children would be tested for lead poisoning each year. The law will bring major improvements to a long-struggling program that researchers estimate fails to identify almost two-thirds of lead-poisoned children in the state.Read More
San Francisco could soon become the first U.S. city to prohibit chemical flame retardants in all new upholstered furniture and children’s products sold in the city, including online sales.Read More
As Congress begins debate on food and farm policy, some of the nation's top chefs gathered on Capitol Hill today to urge lawmakers to protect the nation’s most effective anti-hunger program from budget cuts.Read More
The Trump administration delayed a long-awaited update to nutrition labels on packaged food Friday, launching yet another assault in its war on good food policy.Read More
For decades, Americans have been needlessly exposed to chemical flame retardants – which have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and other health effects – all because of a well intentioned but ultimately misguided California regulation from 1975.
In a major victory for children's environmental health, the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted today to ban an entire class of toxic flame retardant chemicals from consumer goods, including children’s products, mattresses, upholstered furniture and electronics casings.Read More
Lead is a major threat to children’s health, and an EWG analysis of California’s most recent lead testing data shows the state has fallen far short of its responsibility to test children at the highest risk of exposure.Read More
Despite federal and state laws requiring blood tests for all young children most at risk for lead poisoning, year after year California falls far short of its responsibility.Read More
California lawmakers unanimously approved sweeping legislation today that could mean hundreds of thousands more at-risk children would be tested for lead poisoning each year. The legislation would bring major improvements to a long-struggling program that researchers estimate fails to identify almost two-thirds of lead-poisoned children in the state.Read More