Writer: Paul Feldman

Paul Feldman is a FairWarning staff writer.

Transportation Safety

Amid Dramatic Growth of U.S. Drone Fleet, Federal Safety Oversight Lags

As the nation's fleet of small recreational and commercial drones keeps soaring -- the government projects nearly 3 million will be in the skies by 2022 -- safety concerns are rising even as federal enforcement stalls.

Consumer Protection

San Francisco’s Sweeping Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products Upheld by Voters

In a closely watched election contest, San Francisco voters have upheld a first-in-the-nation ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products, overwhelmingly rejecting an $11.6 million campaign by R.J. Reynolds to scuttle the law.

Environment

Pesticide Use on California Farms at Near-Record Levels

A field in California's Salinas Valley where pesticides were applied. (Pgiam/iStock photo) Farmers in California, the nation’s top agricultural state, are applying near-record levels of pesticides despite the rising popularity of organic produce and concerns about the health of farmworkers and rural schoolchildren. The latest figures, released in [...]

Environment

High-Stakes Pesticide Battle Pits Farmer Against Farmer

Darvin Bentlage, farmer in southwest Missouri, showing a healthy soybean plant as well as a plant he says was damaged by dicamba that drifted onto his fields from neighboring land. Dicamba, an herbicide sold by agribusiness giants Monsanto, BASF and DowDupont, doesn’t just kill weeds. Last year, according [...]

Consumer Protection

AARP, a Critic of Scams Aimed at Seniors, Draws Flak Over Its Membership Marketing Practices

In its newsletters and magazines, in congressional testimony and on its website, AARP warns seniors about deceptive direct mail and other dubious marketing come-ons as part of its mission to protect members from financial abuses. But the huge advocacy group's own aggressive efforts to coax seniors to join or renew [...]

Environment

Emission Impossible?

Despite the Trump Administration's ardent support of coal over renewable energy, the percentage of U.S. electricity from renewable sources continued its gradual rise in 2017. Wind, solar and hydroelectric energy accounted for 16 percent of power production during President Trump's first year in office, up from 13 percent in 2016 [...]

Public Health

Use of Smartphones and Recreational Marijuana Cited in Rising Pedestrian Deaths

(iStock photo) The increasing use of smartphones and recreational marijuana may be contributing to a surge in the numbers of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes, according to a new analysis. The report by the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that pedestrian fatalities totaled about 6,000 in 2017, roughly [...]

Consumer Protection

What Happens When a Driver Kills Someone While Fiddling With A Cellphone? Often, Not Much

The victims include a Bible college student in Iowa who was bicycling home from work, a 13-year-old Michigan boy riding in his older sister’s car and a Minnesota school bus driver picking up the morning newspaper in front of his home. All were killed in recent years by distracted drivers [...]

Public Health

California and 5 Other States Get Best Ratings for Highway Safety Laws

Amid a resurgence in U.S. traffic fatalities now taking roughly 100 lives a day, an advocacy group today issued a report card identifying states that do the most, and least, to improve highway safety.

Consumer Protection

Amid Rush to Deploy Driverless Cars, Federal Regulators Urged to Keep Hands on the Wheel

The era of driverless vehicles appears to be rapidly approaching, raising a bevy of urgent questions about how to prevent the emergence of new hazards on the nation’s roads. So, how much preparation have federal transportation authorities carried out to meet the challenge of the advent of self-driving cars and [...]