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Bloomberg Exposé Examines Nestle 
Exploring the economics of bottled water, Bloomberg reveals that food giant Nestle runs an exploitative, extraction-based industry that pays little for the resources it depletes and impacts. As Nestle and bottled water are an issue here, in Oregon, you might find it interesting: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-09-21/nestl-makes-billions-bottling-water-it-pays-nearly-nothing-for

A World Awash in Plastic 
Microplastics are everywhere, both on land and in the sea. A great deal of the problem stems from broken bits of the fibers that make up our clothing. If you missed it, the Statesman covered recent revelations that most drinking water, and bottled water as well, contain microfibers.

You might be interested to know about some who are attempting to address the issue, and Motherboard has an article with a look at some of those trying to engineer solutions to the problem: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/evpdpn/were-eating-plastics-from-our-own-dirty-laundry

Solar: Winning on Costs, Losing on Trade 
The fortunes of solar power are looking rosy, with costs per kilowatt beating estimates, as Ars Technica explains: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/solar-now-costs-6-per-kilowatt-hour-beating-government-goal-by-3-years/

Then again, recent legal developments suggests the economics of solar may soon change. The International Trade Court has ruled American solar companies are being hurt by cheap imports. The Verge expands: https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/22/16351562/solar-energy-international-trade-commission-foreign-trade-lawsuit-suniva-tariff

Harvesting Sand, Killing Rivers 
The modern world is composed of much that is concrete. Making that concrete is destroying rivers and the habitat they provide. The BBC explains: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41123284