YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Nestle sells several North American water brands for more than $4 billion. In 2020, 69 dams were removed in the United States. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives Ohio’s drinking water, stormwater and inland waterways a near-failing grade. A tropical storm is heading towards Mozambique’s battered coastline. South Africa plans to […]
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Water Pricing The more water you use, the more you should pay for it, says Nestle’s Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Bloomberg News reported. Brabeck-Letmathe spoke at a Nestle corporate sustainability meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland yesterday. “For rare resources, the economy of scale is the biggest mistake you can have,” he asserted, referring to the common practice […]
CHICAGO — The bottled water loophole in the Great Lakes Compact — an opening that initially worried lawyers, conservationists and concerned citizens — is inspiring corporations like Nestle to respond. “How do you define a product?” Nestle spokesperson Brian Flaherty asked the Washington Post. “Water goes into beer in Wisconsin and radiators in Detroit. Why […]
DETROIT – While most of the world’s glaciers are shrinking, Nestlé’s Ice Mountain continues to expand. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently granted Nestlé permission to withdraw water from wells and wetlands in Evart, Michigan. According to The Detroit Free Press, the company will build a pipeline to extract 150 gallons per minute. […]
SACRAMENTO – If Nestle Waters North America fails to consider the effects of global warming before opening a new bottled water plant in northern California, Attorney General Jerry Brown intends to sue the company. The plant’s design allows it to pump enough water in a single year to fill more than 3 million 8-ounce water […]
MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA — Nestle, the Swiss company that holds about one-third of the bottled water market in the United States, has made a deal with the state of Florida to take hundreds of millions of gallons of water a year from a state park, Madison Blue Springs, at no cost — except for a […]
Michigan farmers irrigate with 187 billion gallons of groundwater a year. Is the state prepared for more?
YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN In the American West, drought and wildfire are threatening California’s power grid and Nestle will continue bottling water in a drought-stricken Colorado county. Drought in Hawaii results in the state’s largest wildfire on record. Ranch cattle are starving to death in Mexico amid a historic drought. In South America, snowfall on the […]
Christian Thorsberg, Circle of Blue The Himalayan foothills of West Bengal are home to some of the world’s most precious and resilient wildlife. Rare birds take sanctuary in the forests lining this eastern Indian state, a birdwatcher’s paradise; Bengal tigers and Indian gaur roam free, few in number yet breathtaking in real form; and an […]
Should Michiganders be worried?
YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Pandemic lockdowns cut soot emissions in South Asia, which could result in higher reservoir levels this year. Rising global temperatures are melting glaciers faster, which could cause water scarcity in some parts of the world. A fertilizer plant in Louisiana wants to discharge treated wastewater into the Mississippi River. The U.S. Supreme […]
YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN A severe drought has spread across much of Mexico as climate change creates unpredictable precipitation patterns. A new infrastructure bill could bring much needed relief to dry communities in the American West. California ordered Nestle to stop water diversions in San Bernardino National Forest. Sudan threatens legal action against Ethiopia if plans […]