(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The U.S. has become a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Yet now this position is threatened, as comparatively few American students pursue expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Attracting young people to pursue careers in STEM starts early on in their academic lives.
FROM THE EDITOR
New Healthcare Benefits for Same Sex Marrieds Raise Issues for Business
The Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is law nationwide has raised questions about health insurance practices by big business, reports Modern Healthcare. Under the Affordable Care Act, providers are required to offer married gay and lesbian couples the same health plans as those offered to married heterosexual couples. Until Friday’s decision, companies have also offered domestic partnership benefits to same sex couples where they didn’t have the right to marry. Such coverage is offered by 77 percent of large companies, and by two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, according to The Human Rights Campaign. Now, the viability of domestic partner benefits, both legally and practically, is in question. Can businesses still offer such plans and claim to treat all employees equally? What are the administrative challenges in managing different plans? Stay tuned for innovative solutions as new healthcare benefit plans are sorted out in the workplace.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In Pope Francis’s encyclical, he appeals to the international community–particularly rich countries–to step up and alter their economies and lifestyles in order to address ‘the ecological crisis.’ Governments are called on to address the issues, but there are corporations whose gross revenues surpass the GDP of entire countries. So what then is the responsibility of corporations, when multiple stakeholders are impacted by these companies?
Guest blog by Marvin Smith, Future 500
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – To keep the world within a 2°C rise in global temperatures – the level necessary to avoid irreversible and catastrophic climate change – between two-thirds and four-fifths of existing fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. Bill Gates has often pointed out to the urgent need for “high risk” investments in breakthrough technologies to meet this challenge. He recently said that a “miracle” on the level of the invention of the automobile was necessary to avoid a climate catastrophe.
(3BL Media/Just Means) - Fish are endangered in the Mediterranean Sea. While sunlight-deprived Europeans flock to Mediterranean beaches for their summer breaks, offshore the action is a tad less quaint. The old Med has turned into a jammed criss-cross of fishing activity that have led fish populations to the brink of collapse. Now it ranks as the most over-exploited fishing region on the planet.
Guest Blog by Gurnek Bains, co-founder and chairman of YSC
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sadly, all types of people live in poverty in different parts of the world, including those living in advanced economies. Life changes such as unemployment, illness or family separation can happen to us all. Shifts in the cost of living, especially higher prices in essentials such as food and fuel, affect most people. Poverty isn’t something that happens to others—it’s something that can happen to almost anyone.