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New UN report finds almost no industry profitable if environmental costs were included

New UN report finds almost no industry profitable if environmental costs were included | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
According to a new report for the UN: almost no industry is profitable if you include environmental costs. So, maybe it's time for some serious changes?
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None of the world's top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use

None of the world's top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A sobering new study finds that the world's biggest industries burn through $7.3 trillion worth of free natural capital a year. And it's the only reason they turn a profit.
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The Externalities of Climate Change

The Externalities of Climate Change | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Externality refers to what lies outside a given perimeter; in modern parlance, it often refers to a disconnected or unconsidered consequence, sometimes positive, sometimes not, of a particular action. For example, a factory is built in a municipality, enthusiastically welcomed by the residents, justified as stimulus for jobs, taxes, and a healthy community, which then, as a by-product of its manufacturing process, releases high quantities of mercury as waste into the nearby swamp or river which then descends through the towns below into the watershed and the ocean. That waste is toxic, and so it generates serious impacts along its downstream course, on the health of citizens below, on the continuum of terrestrial and riverine life, and ultimately on the marine food chain where it is ingested by fish, thereafter harvested and supplied to our table. All of that consequence, none of it monetized or factored into the cost of the factory or the price of its product, is called "externality." 

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The Price of Cheap Oil, Costing the Earth - BBC Radio 4

The Price of Cheap Oil, Costing the Earth - BBC Radio 4 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Tom Heap asks what the falling price of oil means for the environment.
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Study reveals 'true' cost of imports

Study reveals 'true' cost of imports | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
New data indicates that the amount of raw materials used to produce goods is far higher than previously thought.
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