Should we put price tags on nature? I would have said no. Until I watched this.

You know the saying "Money makes the world go 'round"? Well, one "Entourage" actor directed a short film to show you exactly how that works.

Nature is chock full of coveted resources.

From fossil fuels to wildlife, the earth is a source of a seemingly endless supply of valuable materials. The trouble, as pointed out in a short film directed by Adrian Grenier of "Entourage," is that not only are these resources finite, but some important life-sustaining elements are in short supply.


While some solutions have been offered — such as shifting the heaviest use of natural resources to strictly renewable sources, or taxing carbon emissions — selling the public on these concepts remains a struggle.

Natural resources are like an ATM.

That is, while there's nothing wrong with withdrawing and using resources, one has to be careful not to overdraw the account. We're banking with a lower and lower balance.

All things come with a price, and when it comes to natural resources, that price is often the air we breathe.

Coal and oil are exceedingly profitable resources used to fuel economic prosperity for centuries. As supply of these finite resources continues to decline, we experiencing another negative effect: pollution. The quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink is frequently nothing more than an afterthought when it comes to thinking about how we use natural resources.



In the coming years, humanity has some very serious decisions to make regarding our earth, environment, and resources. Inaction simply isn't an option.

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In America, one dumb mistake can hang over your head forever.

Nearly 30% of the American adult population — about 70 million people — have at least one criminal conviction that can prevent them from being treated equally when it comes to everything from job and housing opportunities to child custody.

Twenty million of these Americans have felony convictions that can destroy their chances of making a comfortable living and prevents them from voting out the lawmakers who imprisoned them.

Many of these convictions are drug-related and stem from the War on Drugs that began in the U.S. '80s. This war has unfairly targeted the minority community, especially African-Americans.

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Climate change is happening because the earth is warming at an accelerated rate, a significant portion of that acceleration is due to human activity, and not taking measures to mitigate it will have disastrous consequences for life as we know it.

In other words: Earth is heating up, it's kinda our fault, and if we don't fix it, we're screwed.

This is the consensus of the vast majority of the world's scientists who study such things for a living. Case closed. End of story.

How do we know this to be true? Because pretty much every reputable scientific organization on the planet has examined and endorsed these conclusions. Thousands of climate studies have been done, and multiple peer-reviewed studies have been done on those studies, showing that somewhere between 84 and 97 percent of active climate science experts support these conclusions. In fact, the majority of those studies put the consensus well above 90%.

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Two years ago, a tweet featuring the invoice for a fixed boiler went viral because the customer, a 91-year-old woman with leukemia, received the services for free.

"No charge for this lady under any circumstances," the invoice read. "We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible."

The repair was done by James Anderson, 52, a father-of-five from Burnley, England. "James is an absolute star, it was overwhelming to see that it cost nothing," the woman's daughter told CNN.

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I live in a family with various food intolerances. Thankfully, none of them are super serious, but we are familiar with the challenges of finding alternatives to certain foods, constantly checking labels, and asking restaurants about their ingredients.

In our family, if someone accidentally eats something they shouldn't, it's mainly a bit of inconvenient discomfort. For those with truly life-threatening food allergies, the stakes are much higher.

I can't imagine the ongoing stress of deadly allergy, especially for parents trying to keep their little ones safe.

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