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HP Inc. Delivers on Its Promise Of a Global Education For The Most Disadvantaged

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) has a long commitment to improving education for those in the developing world. In 2016, it improved learning for over four million students.

The Role of Business In Climate Change Action

President Trump has made it clear that environmental issues, including climate change, are not important to his administration. He appointed the CEO of ExxonMobil as the Secretary of State  and a man who sued the EPA 14 times to head the agency. Climate change is an environmental issue that Trump has repeatedly said he does not even believe occurs.

Women In Technology Face Many Unique Challenges

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – “Women in the technology industry face many unique challenges that are often beyond their control,” says Dennis Kennedy, founder and chairman of the National Diversity Council.

Greening the Web with Efficient Data Centers

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Mostly, we think of the Internet, the cloud and the explosion of mobile technology as things that save us energy: letting our fingers do the walking, avoiding unnecessary trips, being more precise when we do go looking for something, and buying online. And for the most part, that is the case. Those UPS trucks running up and down your street, even though they are bigger than anything you’re driving (I would hope), they are running a specific route that passes near your house anyway. That makes them more efficient than your going to the store is likely to be. But that is not to say all that convenience comes without a cost.

In 2013, US data centers used 91 billion kWh of electricity. That’s enough to power NYC twice over. That number is expected to grow by half again by 2020. It’s become enough of a concern, that electricity providers have warned that they might not be able to keep up with demand, causing some data center operators to seek their own dedicated power sources, including some, like Apple, Microsoft and Google to use solar  or wind power for theirs.

Looking Ahead to 2030

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Last month I wrote an essay about a vision of my city, Rochester, NY, in the year 2030. That essay won the Masdar Blogging Competition that will allow me to attend Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which will include the World Future Energy Summit. Many of the talks and presentations will be on sustainable options for the future.

In preparation for this, I just read this post on GreenBiz where the author had interviewed a number of leading thinkers in various fields about their thoughts on what 2030 might bring.

Not surprisingly, each focused on his or her own corner of the world. For example Darrel Smith of Microsoft talked about the importance of the cloud infrastructure and the kinds of services that could grow from that. Energy consultant Matthew Norden of MNL Partners foresees a nuclear power renaissance.

That view is shared by David Friedberg, CEO of The Climate Corporation, who is a believer in liquid fluoride thorium reactors (LFTR), a compact and purportedly safer nuclear technology that enjoys a cult-like following, at least among physicists. Friedberg acknowledges that LFTR won’t be commercially ready by 2030, but expects to see progress all the same. Friedberg is also hoping to see room temperature superconducting magnets, as well as automated agriculture and a substantial increase in vegetarianism. His company’s main focus is on agricultural technology.

More Major Companies Embrace New Recycling Label

Clorox (NYSE:CLX) has become the latest company to join a new and growing labeling scheme that seeks to help U.S. consumers understand how to properly recycle or dispose of all elements in a product's packaging.

Students Make Big Impact in Intercollegiate Volunteering Challenge

A competition to promote social and environmental responsibility on college campuses is launching on Monday, Jan. 22. Undergraduate schools will vie for several prizes in a competition to generate to the greatest social or environmental benefits.

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