After their attacks on climate science, industrial lobbyists target the scientific evidence on air pollution
A nebulous coalition of industry-sponsored players, deregulation lobbyists and the far right has formed to deny or downplay the health impacts of air pollution, just as they did with tobacco and fossil fuels. It’s happening in India, the United States and Europe, France included.
More than a third of prisons in France are partly run by private companies. The trend towards privatising the prison system, which began three decades ago, is gaining in momentum. A handful of companies are capitalising on this very lucrative market, providing services that include catering, receiving visitors, building detention facilities and organising prison labour. The French state spends almost six billion euros a year on these services even though the benefits of private management are highly questionable. This rampant privatization trend raises another thorny question: do private companies not have an interest in keeping prisons full?
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