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Joint ventures

With a quarter of a billion customers and revenues of around $300 billion a year, the narcotics industry is one that any big pharmaceutical firm …

Regulating e-cigarettes: It's about time

It has taken far too long for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to impose regulations on e-cigarettes: More than three years have passed since it announced its intention to do so. During that time, the devices have caught on with teenagers, whose use of them doubled from 2011 to 2012. And the …

Stormont minister says minimum pricing for alcohol a small price to pay for better health

The harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption here is staggering. The social cost is estimated to be as high as £900m per year, with the burden to …

Minimum alcohol pricing would save 860 lives a year, study finds

Introducing minimum pricing for alcohol would lead to 860 fewer deaths a year and 29,900 fewer hospital admissions among heavy-drinkers while having only a slight effect on moderate drinkers, according to research into the policy's impact.<p>The study, from Sheffield University, predicts that making …

US to face multibillion-dollar bill from climate change: Report

Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat …

Fossil fuel promises are being broken, report says

<b>World governments have been breaking promises to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels, a report says.</b><p>The Overseas Development Institute says G20 nations spent almost £56bn ($90bn) a year finding oil, gas and coal.<p>It comes despite evidence that two thirds of existing reserves must be left in the …

Fry, fry away

LATER today, Finnair is planning to fly an Airbus A330 from Helsinki to New York partly powered by recycled cooking oil. It is an interesting …

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Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>Trump backs Putin over US intelligence agencies<p>Donald Trump takes Russia's …

Government farm subsidies help make Americans fat, researchers say

Agricultural subsidies are contributing to the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and should be revised to help improve public health, Canadian researchers say.<p>Agriculture policy “remains largely uninformed by public health discourse,” they write in an article published Tuesday in the American Journal of …

Why are major beverage companies refusing to use a 90% recycled can?

Guardian sustainable business,Brand,Business case,Low carbon,Climate change,Innovation,Waste and Recycling,Environment,Automotive industry,Coca-Cola,Pepsico,SABMiller,Food & drink industry,Climate change,Greenhouse gas emissions<p>Aluminum cans that have a high level of recycled content are a big win …

Battered by falling prices, Kenya's tea farmers threaten to uproot

NANDI HILLS Kenya (Reuters) - Emerald-colored tea bushes blanketing the rolling hills of Nandi County have long provided a livelihood for small-scale farmers, helping make Kenya one of the world’s biggest tea exporters.<p>Workers pick tea leaves at a plantation in Nandi Hills, in Kenya's highlands …

Mexico to tackle obesity with taxes on junk food and sugary drinks

Mexico has become the standard bearer in the global fight against obesity, after parliamentarians passed a law imposing significant new taxes on junk food and sugary drinks.<p>The vote by congress is a triumph for the anti-obesity crusade of President Enrique Peña Nieto, who will now sign the measures …

Minimum alcohol pricing may reduce health inequalities

It is often argued by libertarian think tanks that introducing minimum pricing for alcohol would disproportionately harm moderate drinkers, particularly those from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. Indeed, this was cited as a reason for the government dropping the policy it had previously …

WHO report gives misleading view on e-cigarettes, experts argue

LONDON (Reuters) - A World Health Organisation-commissioned review of e-cigarettes contains errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations, meaning policymakers may miss their potential health benefits, a group of tobacco addiction experts said.<p>A man uses an E-cigarette, an electronic substitute …