Will Slumbering Senate Wake Up on Climate Change?

by RP Siegel

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Earlier last week, 30 U.S. Senators stayed up all night discussing climate change for 15 hours. The event, called Up4Climate, was the first of its kind, hosted by the Senate Climate Action Task Force, which is headed by Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The 30 senators involved were not only committed, but they were also surprisingly knowledgeable about the subject, invoking scientific reports and citing a wide array of consequences and contributing factors including ocean acidification, pine beetles, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Water Wars: Fighting Over Earth's Most Precious Fluid

by Reynard Loki

With global water use growing at more than twice the rate of human population increase in the last century, the issue of water security issue is quickly rising to the top. When it comes to life's most precious fluid, mankind has two very different choices: conflict or cooperation

Boeing, South African Airways Support Farmers to Grow Sustainable Biofuel Crops


(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Poverty and hunger in South Africa are inextricably linked to the plight of smallholder farmers, who produce most of the continent’s food, but struggle with unproductive soil, unreliable water supplies, low-quality seeds, and scarce markets for their crops. The country is often described as a country of dualities, with first-world and third-world scenarios occurring side-by-side and agriculture is no different, with both commercial farming on a grand scale and smallholder and subsistence farming co-existing.

National Parks Bring Economic Benefits To Nearby Communities


(3BL/JustMeans) “National parks are the best idea we ever had,” said Wallace Stegner, the writer and environmentalist, in 1983. The National Park Service, created in 1916, manages 401 sites on 84 million acres across the U.S. More than just beautiful places, national parks also bring economic benefits. According to a report by the NPS, in 2012 they brought $1.5 billion worth of economic benefits. In 2012, NPS sites had over 282 million recreation visits, an increase of 3.9 million over 2011, who spent $14.7 in local gateway communities (within 60 miles of a park).

Beyond The Corporate Meeting Room


(3BL Media/Justmeans) - It's hard to escape the corporate bubble, which is why some companies are looking outside of their business models to reconnect with what’s going on around them. A number of companies are consciously enabling their employees to get out more, stepping outside to transform their businesses and reconnect to society. Many feel the corporate world is too detached from the world around it.

The 50 Smartest Companies With Disruptive Innovation Changing Our Lives


(3BL Media/Justmeans) - So who are the smartest companies right now? Who is shaking things up with innovation? Who is making a difference? The MIT Technology Review is out and has published its list of the “50 Smartest Companies,” those organizations that have made a difference through innovation over the past year.

Fair Trade Movement Celebrates 25 Years


(3BL Media and Just Means)- It's been several months since I've written anything about the fair trade movement, but that's not because things aren't happening. In fact, it's the 25th anniversary of fair trade! A lot of positive things have changed and from my refreshed perspective, the fair trade movement seems to be collaborating, perhaps finally finding more common ground. Perhaps.

EPA Launches WaterSense H2Otel Challenge To Help Hotels Reduce Water Use


(3BL/JustMeans) - Hotels account for 15 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the U.S., according to the EPA. Restrooms, laundry operations, landscaping and kitchens comprise the largest uses of water in hotels. Multiply all of the faucets and shower heads in every hotel room around the world, and a tremendous amount of water is being used.  In order to help hotels reduce their water use, the EPA launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge, part of its WaterSense program.

New York City Bets On Energy Efficiency To Boost Sustainability


The world needs to make a transition to renewable energy as part of a global sustainability project, but until solar, wind and other renewables​ become the norm, there’s one solution that is available​ now: energy efficiency. More energy efficient buildings means less energy and fewer emissions, besides huge savings. However, financing projects is not always easy, since payback is not immediate, ​putting lenders off.

Elsevier Award Recognises Brilliant Women Scientists In the Developing World


(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The number of women in science, technology and innovation in the world’s leading economies is alarmingly low and actually on the decline in several, including the U.S. Women remain severely under-represented in degree programs for these fields. Even in countries where the numbers of women studying science and technology have increased, more women are not finding their way into the workplace.


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