Global Economy

668 South African rhinoceros were shot and killed for horn last year.

Analysts at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) counted 8,575 elephant carcasses last year; private groups suggest the number of elephant killings could be above 30,000 annually, in a total population thought about 600,000. South Africa’s environmental ministry, meanwhile, reports that 668 of the country’s 21,000 rhinoceroses were killed for their horn last year, up from 448 in 2011, 333 in 2010, and only 13 in 2008.

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Americans exported 50 million tons of recycled stuff last year.

China is the largest buyer of America’s old newspapers; Canada, of used clothes. Vietnam’s 47,000-ton purchase tops the list for scrap rubber, and the UK’s 162,000 tons lead for sawdust; China again leads in scrap metal. Recycled goods like these – unglamorous crushed-up soda cans, broken glass, slightly worn T-shirts, tire treads, sawdust, steel salvaged from desks and old cars – ranked fourth behind aerospace, grains, and computer software as a U.S. trade-surplus product last year.

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Global Economy

World’s most expensive water: $52 per 750 mil bottle.

Saudi Arabia lies above 263 billion barrels of proven reserves of crude oil, or 18 percent of all world proven reserves. China’s arid west contains 55 million tons of rare earth ores, or half the world’s proven reserves. And the Congo’s 45,000 tons of cobalt are about 43 percent of the world’s total. Greenland, a self-governing “amt” under the Danish crown with a population of 56,000, towers above them in the thing matters most.

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