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Tuesday Briefing

Air pollution from North America damages agriculture in Europe. A study by British scientists found that ozone pollution blowing across the ocean costs European farmers 1.2 million tons of wheat a year. Agriculture elsewhere, and other crops, also are harmed by ozone crossing from one continent to another, but the damage to European wheat appears […]

Monday Briefing

Children and young adults from areas in Mexico with highly polluted air suffer Alzheimer’s-like effects, study finds. Surprising changes were found in the brains of 43 young people who died in accidents. The findings, by a team of researchers from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, build on a growing body of research suggesting that air […]

Friday Briefing

Millions in southern China are warned not to drink water from two rivers after high levels of cadmium are detected. The warning panicked residents of Liuzhou, a city of 3.7 million, which relies heavily on one of the two contaminated rivers for drinking water supplies. A mining company was blamed for discharging the cadmium, which […]

Thursday Briefing

Whistleblower’s disclosure about freighter illegally dumping oil waste and garbage leads to $1.85 million in federal fines. The Danish owners and Greek operators of the M/V Aquarosa also were ordered to pay $550,000 to a foundation to help restore the Chesapeake Bay. It was the latest in a string of pollution cases reported by whistleblowers […]

Wednesday Briefing

Drug used to keep pigs lean and boost growth jeopardizes the nation’s pork exports. The drug, ractopamine hydrochloride, is fed to pigs and other animals right up until slaughter. The European Union, China, Taiwan and other nations, however, have banned its use, citing concerns about its potential effect on human health. It also is controversial […]

Tuesday Briefing

Safety consulting firm alleges regulators withheld evidence of unintended acceleration in Toyota Prius. Safety Research & Strategies is suing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, saying it illegally concealed information about a case in which agency engineers witnessed, and videotaped, a Prius going into sudden acceleration. NHTSA has closed its Toyota investigation, saying there was […]

Monday Briefing

Job-related injuries and illnesses in the U.S. cost $250 billion a year, a study says. Researcher  J. Paul Leigh of the University of California, Davis found that the annual cost, which is much higher than generally assumed, has risen more than $33 billion since 1992. The study, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and […]

FairWarining Reports

Fireplace Makers Offer Safety Concession on Burn Risk

Bowing to mounting pressure from advocates for severely burned toddlers, gas fireplace manufacturers are moving to include protective screens with all of their products. The proposal is an effort by fireplace makers to blunt the threat of regulation by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. And it comes amid a string of lawsuits over burns […]

Friday Briefing

California legal showdown highlights efforts to clean up high-carbon fuels. The state’s ground-breaking plan to require oil importers and refiners to cut the “carbon intensity” of their transportation fuels is being delayed by a court injunction won by the oil industry.  Eleven other states and the European Union are working on similar rules, which could […]

Thursday Briefing

Experiment detects 300 chemicals in indoor air. The trial involved sampling the air in a child’s nursery for seven days after setting up the room with a new crib, changing table, rocker and decorations. Just outside the home, only two of the chemicals were detected. None of the products included in the testing appeared to […]