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Environment

Off-Target Pesticide Service Douses Neighboring Properties, People

Alpine Helicopter Service has been implicated in dozens of complaints of crop loss and personal injury when pesticides it sprayed allegedly landed on the wrong targets. Now, the state of California is suing the company and taking a stand on pesticide misuse.

Environment

Moving Away from Fossil Fuel: The Escalating Push for Setbacks From Drilling Sites

Experts say that more than a decade of research—including several new studies—makes it clear that existing buffer zones from oil and gas wells are inadequate to protect public health. Now, political pressure to push oil and gas wells as far as a half-mile from homes and other buildings is peaking across the country, over industry alarm that such measures amount to a de facto ban on drilling.

Warning Wire

Citing Need to Work, Protesters Take On Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Orders

Nurses and other health care workers hold their own counter-protests, urging people to go home and continue with social distancing.

Warning Wire

In Texas Shooting Massacre the System Actually Worked, For a While

The shooting massacre in Odessa, Texas, highlighted gaps in the system of background checks. The shooter's effort to buy a gun from a licensed dealer was rejected, so he turned to private market instead.

Consumer Protection

The Breath Test: Consumers Pop Air Monitors in Their Shopping Carts, But Do They Really Work?

For a huge swath of Northern California, the air suddenly became hazardous last November. Thick smoke from the most destructive wildfire in state history was delivering a secondary blow to nearly ten million Californians.

Warning Wire

Amazon a Thriving Market for Banned, Unsafe and Mislabeled Products

Convenience, selection and quick delivery have made Amazon a trusted brand. But a team of Wall Street Journal reporters found thousands of products for sale on Amazon that wouldn’t be permitted on the shelves of big box stores because they had been deemed unsafe or were outright banned by federal regulators.

Warning Wire

Will Diseased Lungs and Underweight Babies be Pictured on U.S. Cigarette Packs?

Food and Drug Administration for the second time proposes a series of graphic warning labels for cigarette packs and advertising, but could face another legal challenge from the tobacco industry

Warning Wire

The Bottle Blues: Coca-Cola Parts Ways With Plastics Group Over Differing Agendas, PepsiCo Plans To Follow

Big soda companies, pressured to reduce plastic use, back away from lobbying firm tied to group opposing bag bans.

Warning Wire

EPA Bypassed Ethics Rules in Picks for Science Panels, Government Watchdog Finds

New members of EPA science advisory panels, including some with industry ties, were not not properly screened for ethical conflicts, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Warning Wire

Dialing Down the Hype on Driverless Cars

Driver-assistance technology is becoming more common. Major carmakers have pledged to make automated emergency braking standard on all vehicles by 2022, for example. But technical barriers, plus the general unease of consumers, make full automation a farther reach, despite what Elon Musk may say.

Warning Wire

High Stakes as Trump Administration Rebuffs Automakers’ Appeal in Showdown on Fuel Economy Standards

The Trump Administration is sticking to its plan to weaken vehicle emission standards, despite appeals from the auto industry that the rollback goes too far.

Warning Wire

Tens of Thousands of Uber and Lyft Cars Have Open Safety Recalls

Uber and Lyft have been talking a lot about safety lately, with a focus on making sure customers feel safe with their drivers. But what about the vehicles themselves?