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Sappi North America is a Shining Example of Sustainability

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Can an industry that creates products from trees be sustainable? The US forest products industry proves it is possible. Accounting for 6 percent of the country’s total manufacturing GDP, the industry places a premium on recycling and using renewable energy. Over 66 percent of the paper consumed in 2011 was recovered. Consisting of about 250 companies, the industry is the leading generator and user of renewable energy.

Analysis Shows that Pruitt’s Proposed New Clean Power Plan Will Do More Harm Than Doing Nothing

There’s a lot we don’t know about what EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is up to these days, as he recently spent $25,000 of taxpayer money to have a “cone of silence” placed around his desk. We don’t know exactly what he’s saying, but it’s not hard to guess.

All Food Companies Need To Focus On Water Risk Management

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Water scarcity is a big problem for food production. Agriculture is the biggest water user on the planet, accounting for about 70 percent of global water withdrawals. About 40 percent of the global food supply is grown in irrigated areas, while 80 percent of the world’s cropland relies on rainfall for irrigation. Climate change can cause rainfall to vary.

The Race to Protect the Gene Pool Of Coffee

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Ethiopia contains rugged highlands and lush, tropical forests, where the ‘coffea arabica’ grows in its original, wild form. The forests of southwest Ethiopia are considered to be the birthplace of coffee and the centre of its genetic diversity. Here we find Yayu, which is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with a delicate interdependence between flora and fauna.

American Standard Is Recognized as WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Every day, each American uses about 80 to 100 gallons of water. The largest use of household water is flushing the toilet, with showers and baths following behind. Some Americans live in water-stressed areas; about four percent of the contiguous US fell in the severe to extreme drought categories, as of the end of August 2017. Ten percent of the contiguous U.S. fell in the moderate to extreme drought categories.

Aurora Organic Dairy Makes Water Conservation a Priority

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Over 30 percent of Colorado is currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions, while 4 percent of the state is experiencing moderate drought conditions. Rain levels are only 30 percent of the state’s average. A La Niña weather event, which brings less rainfall, has a 50 percent chance of developing. For obvious reasons, water conservation takes a priority when there is less rainfall.

IMF Tells Rich Countries You Must Do More To Help Poor Nations Cope With Climate Change 

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Last month UK’s Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon dismissed complaints that the UK's response to the devastation of the British Virgin Islands by Hurricane Irma was "found wanting" and that it was slower than France and the Netherlands. The British Overseas Territories are self-governing, but rely on the UK for protection from natural disasters.

Emerging Economies Overtaking the Establishment on Renewables

You might be surprised to learn that renewable energy growth in emerging economies could soon outstrip the gains made in the developed world.

MGM Resorts International Practices Water Conservation In Las Vegas

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Water is precious in Las Vegas. Located within the Mojave Desert, it’s a city whose outskirts contain desert vegetation and dry mountain ranges. It gets only 4.17 inches of rain a year, with an average 21 days of rainfall.

Forget About The Fly In Your Soup, There’s Plastic In Your Tap Water

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In the first public scientific study of its kind, research by Orb Media, with a researcher at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, shows the shocking extent of plastic contamination in tap water of cities around the world.

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