(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Ants are changing the environment and could be one of the Earth's most powerful biological climate brokers. The average ant lives and dies in less than a year, but a long-term experiment tracking the insects' effects on soil suggests they cooled the earth’s climate as their numbers increased.
FROM THE EDITOR
Microsoft Joins Others in Leaving Anti-Renewables Lobbying Group
Another prominent corporate member has left The American Legislative Exchange Council, a lobbying group known for its opposition to renewable energy, according to Bloomberg BNA. ALEC has drafted model legislation to roll back renewable fuel standards in 29 states that have been credited with being one of the largest drivers of renewable energy generation in the U.S. According to the EPA, fifty percent—more than 1.3 billion kilowatt hours—of Microsoft's annual power comes from renewable energy sources, including biogas, biomass, solar and wind. That total makes the company number three on the EPA's list of major companies that voluntarily use renewables. Microsoft joins other major corporations with sustainability strategies that have left ALEC, including Coca-Cola, General Motors, Bank of America and Procter & Gamble. Sounds like a trend.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - Two weeks ago we wrote about the surprising announcement that Beijing would be banning the burning of coal by 2020. Though the move was largely prompted by the intolerable levels of air pollution, there is also growing evidence that they are determined to clean up their act on carbon emissions.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Eminent personalities from the world of sports and entertainment often use their celebrity status to support social and charitable causes. Spreading awareness and fundraising for cancer is among the key causes that have received strong support from celebrities over the years.
(3BL Media/Just Means) - The concept of urban planning is changing dramatically in many parts of the world. With environmental concerns high up on the agenda, urban spaces have a challenge to reinvent themselves from a car-based, energy-intensive model to a people-friendly, sustainable way of being. Construction methods are also being revised.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability has emerged as a significant challenge, considering the global population explosion, rapid economic growth and consumption of exhaustible natural resources. Innovative solutions, tools and practices need to be put in place to address the potential social, environmental and economic impact of an advancing civilization.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – America’s love for pizza knows no bounds. 93 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month. Out of total five billion pizzas consumed worldwide each year, the US alone consumes three billion. Across the US, around 70,000 pizzerias are in operation, and the average pizzeria uses 55 pizza boxes per day. That translates to about 1.4 billion pizza boxes used in the country each year.
(3BL Media and Just Means) - I get the sense that when it comes down to it, they are a group of no bull, get it done, hardliners, albeit their charming accents might suggest otherwise. Don’t be fooled. Sustainability isn’t fluffy, and neither is a newly formed alliance of the world’s leading sustainability consultancies, Transition500. They call it radicalism.