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Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For - Bloomberg
They externalize all risk (tax breaks from municipalities, sucking water away from the local residents while paying nearly nothing, putting tons of plastic out into the world) and they privatize all profit. It's disgusting.
business-ideas-niche-abusing-the-law  resources-natural  resources-natural-water  capitalism-greed  capitalism-only-profitable-because-externalizing-risk 
february 2018 by daguti
bottling fresh air selling it to China - Business Insider
Melanie and Francesca De Watts harvest fresh air from the English countryside, bottle it, and sell it to smog-choked China. The pair claims to have sold over 100 bottles so far. The price for their artisan, small-batch oxygen? Each jar costs €80, or about $115.
resources-natural  next-small-thing  countries-china  countries-united-kingdom 
february 2016 by daguti
How the West Is Owned | Big Think
"Many thanks to Jonathan Leblang and Adam Hahn for signaling this map, which appeared as an illustration to ‘Can the West Lead Us To A Better Place?‘[1], an article in Stanford Magazine, a periodical for and about alumni from that university. Update: the map can be found in higher resolution – and with a long, long comments section – here [2] on Reddit. ............. [1]http://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/magazine/article/?article_id=32422 ....... [2]http://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/23z640/federal_land_as_a_percentage_of_total_state_land/"
maps  government  fight-the-g  resources-natural  countries-united-states-america 
january 2016 by daguti
None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use | Grist
"For instance, industrial processes can put pollutants in the air that increase public health costs, but the public, not the polluting businesses, picks up the tab. In this way, businesses privatize profits and publicize costs."
capitalism-greed  capitalism  environment  resources-natural  capitalism-only-profitable-because-externalizing-risk  environment-pollution 
december 2015 by daguti
John Wesley Powell 19th Century Maps of the American West | New Republic
These maps of the then-developing American West, based on watersheds instead of arbitrary boundaries, could have changed the drought problems we are experiencing now.
maps  history  resources-natural  resources-natural-water  conservation  countries-united-states-america 
june 2014 by daguti
Antarctica May Have Untouchable Diamonds : Discovery News
world-records = "Incidentally, although diamonds are often thought of as nature's hardest material, it turns out two other rare natural substances are harder — wurtzite boron nitride, which is formed during intense volcanic eruptions, and lonsdaleite, which is sometimes created when meteorites hit Earth."
diamonds  world-records  resources-natural 
december 2013 by daguti
Why the world is running out of helium - Science - News - The Independent
world-records = Is this the first natural resource we will exhaust? Perhaps the Dodo counts, too?

"The Earth is 4.7 billion years old and it has taken that long to accumulate our helium reserves, which we will dissipate in about 100 years. One generation does not have the right to determine availability for ever." "There is no way to manufacture it artificially."

"The experts warn that the world could run out of helium within 25 to 30 years, potentially spelling disaster for hospitals, whose MRI scanners are cooled by the gas in liquid form, and anti-terrorist authorities who rely on helium for their radiation monitors, as well as the millions of children who love to watch their helium-filled balloons float into the sky."
world-records  resources-natural 
july 2012 by daguti

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