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FILE PHOTO: Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni attends her end-of-year press conference in Rome, Italy, January 4, 2024.

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Hard Numbers: Meloni suffers Sardinian blow, Russia jails another critic, Japan’s baby bust continues, Big Oil pumps Big Money

0.4: The rugged island of Sardinia has dealt rightwing Italian PM Giorgia Meloni the first serious electoral blow she’s suffered since taking office in 2022. In local presidential elections (Sardinia has special autonomy from Rome, and its own president) a candidate from the left-leaning anti-establishment 5-Star Movement beat the Meloni-backed candidate by a mere 0.4 points. Alessandra Todde will now become not only Sardinia’s first female leader, but the first 5-Star member to head any of Italy’s 20 regions.

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Extinction Rebellion protesters dressed as 'Greenwash Busters' outside the Science Museum in South Kensington, during the protest. Protesters and scientists gathered both inside and outside the Science Museum to demonstrate against oil giant Shell's sponsorship of the Our Future Planet climate change exhibition.

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Busting greenwashers

If you're watching what's happening this week at the COP26 climate summit, you'll probably hear this buzzword a lot: greenwashing. But the term is often thrown around carelessly, so let's take a minute to explain what it actually means, why corporations do it, and what, if anything, can be done about it.

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