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Going green or going for guzzlers?: How can a car company named one of the best “green” brands in the world announce two years later that it will cease sales of its most efficient vehicles, instead favoring SUVs? Jamie Lincoln Kitman of Automobile Magazine explains in an enlightening op-ed in The New York Times. Ford Motor…

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Frack to school: What did executives of energy company Extraction Oil and Gas do when parents protested a plan to build oil and gas wells near their public school in Greeley, Colorado? They found a site near another school, this time one attended by primarily by low-income, minority students, writes Megan Jula of Mother Jones. “We think…

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That daily cocktail or glass of wine – friend or foe?: When she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 47, Stephanie Mencimer asked herself a question many patients face: “Why me?” “It’s an impossible question to answer definitively for an individual, like trying to prove that a single weather event was caused by climate…

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Shell researchers called for climate action – in 1988: Researchers working for Royal Dutch Shell in the 1980s knew that the world could be dramatically altered by global warming and urged the oil giant to take action even as the company publicly emphasized the uncertainty of climate science and warned against the risk of aggressive…

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What did Big Wireless know?: Using the same tactics deployed earlier by Big Tobacco and Big Oil, the wireless industry has invested “untold millions” convincing people that the cellphone in their pocket is safe — despite being told nearly two decades ago by an industry-funded epidemiologist that the potential for harm was clear, an investigation by…

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Like some creature in a sci-fi film, the huge gob of plastic known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is growing over a massive stretch of ocean between California and Hawaii where ocean currents deposit debris. According to findings published in the journal Scientific Reports, the size of the patch…

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Unhooking smokers: The Food and Drug Administration last week took a first step toward requiring manufacturers to dramatically lower the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to a “minimally or non-addictive level,” drawing praise from public health advocates. Studies have found that, in addition to preventing people from becoming addicted, low-nicotine cigarettes would lead to more attempts to…