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Florida Jury Awards $23.6 Billion Verdict in Tobacco Lawsuit

Big Tobacco Ordered To Pay For Lies R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company must pay $23.6 billion to the widow of a man who died of lung cancer in one of the largest wrongful death verdicts for a single plaintiff in Florida state history, according to attorneys.

Florida Jury Awards $23.6 Billion Verdict in Tobacco Lawsuit

Big Tobacco Ordered To Pay For Lies R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company must pay $23.6 billion to the widow of a man who died of lung cancer in one of the largest wrongful death verdicts for a single plaintiff in Florida state history, according to attorneys.

Palm Oil Manifesto Promotes More Deforestation
Present Course Threatens Biodiversity, Humanity

By Calen May-Tobin, Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative

The word “manifesto” rarely conjures up positive connotations. That word brings to my mind Karl Marx’s famous tome, at best, and, at worst, images of a bearded man in a remote cabin. Regardless, it’s a word most often associated with people or groups with strongly held convictions trying to…

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Palm Oil Executive Jailed For Illegal Deforestation In Indonesia
Crimes Against Nature Gaining Traction In Court

The director of the Indonesian palm oil company PT Kallista Alam, Subianto Rusyid, has been found guilty of illegally clearing peat forest in Aceh, Sumatra, and has been sentenced to eight months in jail. The judges also fined him 150 million rupiah (about 13,000 US$), and said he would be imprisoned for a further three months if the fine was not…

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Eye Test Might Detect Alzheimer’s Disease
Diagnosing Dementia With Ocular Examination

Two novel, noninvasive, and relatively simple eye tests show promise as potential screening tools for early Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Preliminary results from 2 studies presented here at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2014 show that beta-amyloid detected in the eyes significantly correlated with the burden of beta-amyloid in…

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Fracking Policies Dividing Democrats In Colorado
U.S. Senate Seat At Risk In Mile-High State

The reelections of the Democratic governor and U.S. Senator in Colorado are threatened by ballot initiatives pushed by a renegade House Democrat. 

With a nail biter election on the horizon that flip control of the U.S. senate, the biggest concern of many Colorado Democrats is one of their own—a wealthy congressman named Jared Polis who is pushing…

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Reynolds American to Buy Lorillard for $27.4 Billion

Big Tobacco Mergers Ahead Reynolds American agreed on Tuesday to buy its smaller rival, Lorillard, for $27.4 billion, uniting two of the country’s largest tobacco producers in a bet that bigger is safer in a declining industry.

Reynolds American to Buy Lorillard for $27.4 Billion

Big Tobacco Mergers Ahead Reynolds American agreed on Tuesday to buy its smaller rival, Lorillard, for $27.4 billion, uniting two of the country’s largest tobacco producers in a bet that bigger is safer in a declining industry.

Greenwashing Sustainable Palm Oil

Editor’s Note: Although it is possible to produce most things in a sustainable way, it’s not possible to grow large volumes of palm oil in a sustainable way. These plantations are consuming a massive footprint in what used to be our tropical rainforests. In most cases, the palm oil plantation is responsible for slashing and burning the land to clear large swaths for palm oil production.…

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Singapore Paying Citizens To Use Less Palm Oil
Palm Oil Contains 50 Percent Saturated Fat

Palm oil has been severely criticized for destroying millions of acres of rainforests and biodiversity. Now, the government of Singapore says palm oil kills people, too.

Palm Oil Kills people

Singapore will pay consumers to use more canola oil and less palm oil.

Singapore’s Health Promotion Board is spending millions of dollars a year in subsidies to promote the use of…

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Lobbyists Keep Pressure On Keystone Pipeline
Majority Of Citizens Support Pipe Dream

The oil and gas groups that want the Keystone XL Pipeline built lobbied significantly harder for the project than the environmentalists fighting against it. But the pressure and passion is so intense on both sides that the lopsided lobbying hasn’t been enough to move the needle.

political gridlock on Keystone pipeline

Political gridlock has the Keystone Pipeline on hold for now. The posturing on…

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China Admits To Tiger Farming, Skin Trade
Denies Trade In Tiger Bones

China has for the first time admitted in public that it permits trade in skins from captive tigers, according to participants and officials at a meeting of an international convention to protect endangered species.

They said the Chinese authorities had never before reported this to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora…

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