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Demand for legal pot driving growth of industry’s swelling carbon footprint

Demand for legal pot driving growth of industry’s swelling carbon footprint

Science
March 8 (UPI) -- Demand for commercial marijuana continues to grow as more and more states legalize pot. To meet the seemingly insatiable demand, commercial growers are expanding their indoor production. According to a new study, published Monday in the journal Nature Sustainability, indoor growing operations are responsible for the industry's swelling carbon footprint. Advertisement Previous studies have highlighted the ill effects of the commercial marijuana industry on local water resources and wildlife habitats, but the latest survey is one of the first to provide a broad view of the sector's climate impacts. "We knew the emissions were going to be large, but because they hadn't been fully quantified previously, we identified this as a big research opportunity space," lead study autho...
NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm

NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm

Technology
The NHS is facing a legal challenge over its data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir, Sky News can reveal.Palantir, which has become notorious for its close ties to security services and immigration agencies in the United States, secured its first ever deal to handle NHS data in March last year for the nominal sum of £1. The court case against the health service, which was announced today, could force it to reconsider the contract, which was extended in December 2020 and is now worth £23.5m.Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world The lawsuit is the latest challenge over procurement during the pandemic, which has become a highly contentious topic in recent months, with critics accusing the government of favouring its own contacts. ...
Amazon sues New York AG to prevent legal action against it

Amazon sues New York AG to prevent legal action against it

Business
Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Amazon filed a federal lawsuit Friday against New York Attorney General Letitia James to head off legal action over the company's handling of coronavirus conditions at its Staten Island warehouse last year. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York says the attorney general does not have the authority to demand legal remedies against Amazon, rather it is the jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Advertisement The filing centers around former Amazon worker Chris Smalls, who organized a walkout of the Staten Island warehouse last March over not having protective gear connected with the virus and declining to tell employees that several fellow workers had tested positive. Amazon eventually fired Smalls for viola...
Trustpilot condemns legal action against reviewer

Trustpilot condemns legal action against reviewer

Technology
TrustpilotTrustpilot has warned users after a business sued a man for leaving a negative review on the platform.“We strongly oppose the use of legal action to silence consumers' freedom of speech,” says a message on the website.The warning comes after a man was ordered to pay £25,000 in libel damages to solicitors who sued, on the basis the review was false and defamatory.London-based Summerfield Browne said the decision to sue gave it "no pleasure" and was not taken lightly. New reviews have been temporarily suspended on the law firm's business page on Trustpilot after publicity about the case led to more reviews.After seeking legal advice through the company online, Philip James Waymouth left a review on the website accusing the firm of being “another scam solicitor”, court documents sai...
Amazon faces legal challenge over Prime cancellation policy

Amazon faces legal challenge over Prime cancellation policy

Technology
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