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Multiyear Tracking of Atmospheric Radicals

New method derive both short-lived atmospheric hydroxyl and chlorine radical concentrations over several years


Hydroxyl radicals (OH) keep our atmosphere clean. They react away toxic gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), and slow climate warming by removing greenhouse gases like methane (CH4). In some parts of the atmosphere, chlorine radicals (Cl) can also help this purification process, for example in the ...


BfR brochure on the risks of poisoning for children has been published in Turkish


What to do when a child has accidentally drunk washing-up liquid or a drain cleaner? What to do to ensure that this doesn’t happen in the first place? Well-meant advice such as "Drink milk" or "Induce vomiting" can have a severe effect on health under certain circumstances. Poisoning accidents ...


Power plant waste to be used to clean up Gulf oil spill


Specially treated waste material from electric power plants will soon be used to clean up oil in the Gulf thanks to the ingenuity of a University of Central Florida professor. The National Science Foundation awarded Sudipta Seal a $67,000 grant that will help the professor turn waste material, ...


New look for antiques

Paintings and gilt surfaces can be effectively and gently restored with water-based microemulsions


In the past, restoration of paintings and other old artwork often involved application of acrylic resins to consolidate and protect them. One of the most important tasks for modern restorers is thus to remove these layers, because it turns out that acrylic resins not only drastically change the ...


A dirty job but ...


Byproducts from the electronics, fuel, chemical and defense industries can be far from benign. Toxic heavy metals like cadmium and lead can seep into our food chain and cause cancer. And if found in the soil, these dangerous materials can render parks off-limits and real estate worthless. For ...


Cray Valley opens a new training center in Asia


To strengthen its service to the composite industry, Cray Valley is opening a third demonstration and training center in the world, located in South Korea. After North-America and Europe it’s now the Asian continent that will benefit from Cray Valley’s experience. An opening ceremony will take ...


To successfully treat intoxications caused by consumer products, the formulations must be known

BfR and its Committee "Assessment of Intoxications" propose new labelling for identification purposes in emergencies


If a child swallows a cleaning product by mistake, rapid help can be life-saving. In the case of accidents involving household chemicals, doctors have to know which substances the product contains. Only then can they give targeted treatment. Frequently, however, they only have incomplete ...


Consumer products - Safety instead of diversity

Globalised markets are a challenge for consumer protection


Last year an American toy manufacturer called back more than 20 million products; they contained components which were dangerous for children. The products had been manufactured in China and the call-back action sparked a wide debate about the safety of toys and other consumer products from ...


Detergent and cleaning agent formulations must be notified to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

Electronic notification aids available to make processing easier


The amendment to the Detergent and Cleaning Agent Act will afford consumers better protection against risks from detergents and cleaning agents. Attending doctors now have more rapid access to product information on detergents and cleaning agents when treating cases of poisoning and allergic ...


BASF increases capacity for ethanolamines


BASF is raising its annual capacity to produce ethanolamines from 182,000 to 230,000 metric tons. The progressive capacity increase of plants at the two integrated Verbund sites of Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Antwerp, Belgium, is to be completed by fall 2006. "We are responding to the continuing ...


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