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Many cannabis health claims aren’t backed by science

‘There’s a lot more hype than evidence,’ researcher says A technician sorts cannabis at a medical growing facility in Ontario. There is strong evidence that cannabis can help alleviate some medical conditions, but there are many other health claims that have not been scientifically proven. (Tijana Martin/Canadian Press) “Some of …

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Debate over plastic straws broadens to include balloons

Marine animals may ingest balloons thinking they’re jellyfish, or get tangled in strings This Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was found June 13 off the coast of western Florida with one of its flippers caught in a buoy line. It was taken to Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s animal hospital where it passed …

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Canada to phase out pesticides linked to bee deaths, sources say

Government will begin to phase out neonicotinoids beginning in 2021 Bees pollinate crops and contribute to a third of the food we consume, but neonicotinoid pesticides have been linked to declining bee populations globally. (AFP/Getty Images)Dead bees are displayed during a demonstration by Bulgarian beekeepers in front of a government …

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Marine heat waves threaten underwater wildlife

Sea critters have evolved to survive within a fairly narrow band of temperatures compared to those on land In this 2013 file photo, a Guadalupe fur seal, foreground, passes by as SeaWorld animal rescue team member Heather Ruce feeds a California sea lion at a rescue facility in San Diego, …

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