Pollution Is in Your Blood. Is That Legal Battery?

In modern law, battery is defined as intentional harmful or offensive contact with another person: If I punch or kick you, for example, that’s clearly battery. But what about a company that contaminates the groundwater that ends up in your drinking glass? Some legal scholars argue that’s battery, too.

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Abstracts: Cats and ‘Girls,’ Emissions, and More

Published in the respected, peer-reviewed journal Biological Conservation, the analysis, which attempted to draw inferences between populations of feral cats and human females in and around the Chinese city of Nanjing, drew howls from ecologists — some of whom openly wondered if it was an elaborate joke.

Book Review: How Industries Manipulate Science

In “The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception,” David Michaels shows how paid experts are routinely used to downplay risks and sow uncertainty. These tactics have made it easier for companies under pressure to dispute the science behind dissenter’s claims rather than debate policy.

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