Photojournalist Livio Senigalliesi tells his story, from the Yugoslav Wars to the Balkan Route. And through two videos, one created with journalist Raffaele Masto.
The price of breathing: how to make a business out of fresh air
A British entrepreneur started an air farming business: he harvests and sells fresh air by the jar. A lot of people are buying it, especially in China.
Taking the idea of farming to a whole new level, British businessman Leo De Watts recently started farming air. The family-run business Aethaer, founded just a few months ago, has already become rather lucrative. Harvesting and selling pure British air at the price of 80 pounds (over 100 dollars) per one 580ml jar, De Watts has already made thousands. He says the company is so successful that the huge demand for jars of top-notch air is outstripping supplies.
Providing a bespoke service, the De Watts might be seen climbing up mountains or running down valleys at any time of day and night to catch the perfect type of air. “Some people want air collected when it’s very windy, some people want still night air, so we do our best to provide what everybody wants”, according to a promotional video.
So far the biggest buyers are citizens of China’s most polluted cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Air pollution in the country has reached dangerously high levels and Aethaer’s launch couldn’t have been timelier: in December 2015, around the time the company was created, Beijing’s city government released its first red alert for severe smog levels.
Although Chinese citizens are very much in need of a breath of fresh air, Hong Kong Polytechnic Professor Wallace Leung told CNN that buying bottles of air is not the solution to China’s pollution problem. Luckily, air buyers appear to be more interested in the product as a novelty gift rather than for its actual use.
Without forgetting the labour that goes into collecting air with large nets and packaging it individually, the real luxury of the product is in the jars: “because they’re glass, they really hold in every single note from the fields and from neighbouring farms,” says one member of the family, “it’s just wonderful, so when you open it you’re in for a real treat”.
The idea originally comes from Canadian company Vitality Air. Its founders started bottling air from a ski resort, and selling it online, for fun, earlier in 2015. They then went on to sell thousands of bottles at the price of up to 20 dollars per canister. Back in the United Kingdom, Leo De Watts is widening his market: he now also travels to East Asia, selling premium air in local markets.
The Louise Michel is the humanitarian rescue ship saving lives in the Mediterranean. Financed by the artist Banksy, it has found a safe port in Sicily.
We must listen to witnesses on the ground who are seeing abuse, duplicity, and the dereliction of duty firsthand. Our lives depend on their voices being heard. The op-ed by Sean Thomas, International Director of Investigations at Animal Equality.
Costa Rica celebrated its first same-sex marriage when two women, Alexandra Quiros and Dunia Araya, celebrated their wedding: an “extraordinary moment”.
Will Tokyo 2020 be the revival Games? Much uncertainty remains but preparations haven’t stopped as Japan remains committed to hosting the Olympics.
Homecast is a podcast series recorded in quarantine in which creatives from around the world share their lived experiences of these unique circumstances. Creator Giacomo De Poli tells us why this collective diary was needed now more than ever.
As London and the rest of the UK are in lockdown opportunities for long-lasting change have emerged out of of the crisis: solutions relating to the environment, work and healthcare that can be applied elsewhere too.
A historic win for the Ashaninka of Brazil as they receive compensation for deforestation on their land
On top of a 2.4 million dollar compensation, the indigenous Ashaninka people will receive an official apology from the companies who deforested their lands in the 1980s.
From Italy to the United States, workers in the logistics and delivery sectors are protesting to demand better sanitary conditions to protect themselves from Covid-19.