Eco-News Roundup: Tuesday, August 18

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Tuesday’s list of environment, science, and health stories from our other blogs and around the web:

Lipstick on a junta: Does Fiji Water prop up a dictatorship? We let the experts duke it out.

PETA, please: The animal activist group’s latest antic is an embarrassing fat-bashing billboard. Oy.

Bye bye, public option; hello co-ops: James Ridgeway on why health care co-ops are a cop-out.

No crystal ball necessary: Should democrats have foreseen the outcry over advance care counseling? Kevin Drum says it wouldn’t have mattered even if they had, since the lunatic fringe would have found something to obsess over no matter what.

Of pressure and pollen: Can stress make your allergies worse?

Cigna spills: The former head of corporate communications at one of the largest health insurance companies in America tells all.

Critical mass: When it comes to bikes, there’s safety in numbers.

To keep up with environment, health, and science news from Mother Jones and beyond on Twitter, follow @MoJoBlueMarble.

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