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Experts Urge Australia Supermarket Cigarette Sale Ban

Australian public health experts are making new efforts to curb the use of tobacco products, comparing its adverse effects on health to that of asbestos and lead paint.Australia has led the world on tobacco control, with plain packaging laws introduced…

The Greater Mekong region: A hotspot of wildlife and crime

Published by Mongabay Did you know that illegal logging can be five times as lucrative as selling the world’s most well-known soda? In 2020, the Coca-Cola company reported $33 billion in revenue. The global illegal timber trade, in comparison, generates up to $152 billion a year — accounting for up to 90% of deforestation in […]

US Retail Sales Surged in October

U.S. retail sales surged in October, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday, in a signal that at least at the start of the annual holiday shopping season, consumers were not scared off by sharply increasing prices.Retail sales increased 1.7% last mon…

Heavy Rains Force Evacuations, Trap Motorists in Canada

Relentless rain battered Canada’s Pacific coast on Monday, forcing a town’s evacuation and trapping motorists as mudslides, rocks and debris were washed across major highways.Some 275 people, according to local media, were stuck overnight in their cars…

White House Acknowledges Inflation Impact on US Consumers

The top White House economic adviser on Sunday acknowledged the pain for Americans of sharply rising consumer prices, saying that President Joe Biden remains open to the possibility of tapping the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to ease spiraling gaso…