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Julie Silas | June 02, 2010
There are thousands of paint products on the market today. For interior paint products, manufacturers offer a variety of sheens: flat, eggshell, gloss, semi-gloss. And, for each sheen, the product is offered in a whole host of base tint options: neutral, white tint, pastel tint, dark tint, etc.
In Pharos, we started the standard paint...
Julie Silas | March 12, 2010
A study recently released in Environmental Research shows high levels of brominated flame retardants (PBDEs) in 6-8 year-old girls from California. The study authors speculated that "the higher PBDE levels in girls from California may reflect differences in fire regulation and safety codes." Living and working in California, I have had th...
Julie Silas | March 04, 2010
Catholic Healthcare West's (CHW) recent report, "An Enduring Mission: Social Responsibility Report 2009," shows what innovative leaders can do to move toward a healthier and just society, even in these difficult economic times.
For more than ten years, CHW has been an environmental leader in the health care sector. As one of the larg...
Julie Silas | February 08, 2010
Bisphenol A (BPA) is the notorious chemical that water bottle manufacturers like Nalgene and SIGG have had to phase out because it leaches into liquids. The science is strong that BPA can affect the hormone and reproductive system. Yet, time and again when regulators or legislators try to propose legislation or establish regulations to limit the us...
Julie Silas | January 21, 2010
Today, the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families www.saferchemicals.org campaign released a new report, "Health Case for Reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act," that shows the high costs to our health care system associated with chemical exposure.
Pharos Project subscribers need to read this report. It provides a sobering realization th...
Julie Silas | January 07, 2010
A summary of "The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2007" was released by our government today. In addition to the stark reality that too many of American children continue to lack basic health care coverage, were two findings relevant to our work at Pharos - and just as relevant, to our work as parent...
Julie Silas | December 07, 2009
Until I read "Cancer from the Kitchen," Nicholas Kristof's opinion piece in this Sunday's New York Times, I actually thought I would take an entire weekend for my family, putting work aside for two days. But, Kristof's article was a reminder that there is little that separates my home from my work these days.Kristof posed the "What i...
Julie Silas | July 22, 2009
Julie Silas | July 08, 2009
...that some chemicals used for stain or water repellency in building products last longer than nuclear waste?
In fact, as far as can be determined, the most studied of these perfluorinated chemicals, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) - formerly the key chemical in Scotchgard™ - never breaks down in the environment.