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The Stream, October 10: Nestle Chairman Supports Higher Prices for Big Water Users

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 […]


Great Lakes Compact: Nestle Joins Bottled Water Exemption Debate

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 […]


Nestlé granted permission to drink from Michigan wells

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. […]


The Stream, August 6, 2021: The Drought Edition

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 […]


HotSpots H2O: The Toto, One of the World’s Smallest Ethnic Groups, Face Water Shortages Along the India-Bhutan Border

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 […]


The Stream, April 28, 2021: Pandemic Lockdowns Cut Snow-Melting Soot Emissions in South Asia

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 […]