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Smokeless Biofuel Saves Lives in Africa

(3BL Media and Just Means) - When I make dinner tonight, I’ll walk over to my stove, turn a few knobs and be eating in twenty minutes or less. Easy, clean, safe and cheap. However, those four adjectives do not describe the way most people, women and children in particular, in developing nations experience cooking.

Emergency Health Care Improved by Innovative App

(3BL Media and Just Means)- "One picture is worth a thousand clinical words," said Crystal Law, MIT Alumna, former EMT and Co-Founder of Twiage.

My Five-Minute Vacation: Organic, Fair and Delicious

“There is no such thing as a socially responsible business because that term
suggests that an enterprise has reached a destination and there is no more work to be done."

Honest Tea co-founder and TeaEO, Seth Goldman.

Coca Cola is the David that the Slingshot Needs.



"The Slingshot is the little tool that David needs to defeat Goliath"—Dean Kamen.

Can Toxic Mine Waste Be Safely Turned into Fuel?

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - One of the cornerstones of a sustainable society is the complete eradication of the concept of waste. After all, nature has no waste; everything gets used one way or another. It’s only when people came along that the whole idea got started. Already, a number of factories have become zero waste and a few intrepid homeowners put out the equivalent of one shopping bag of trash per year, so it is possible, at least in principle. Food can be composted or turned into fuel. Aluminum, paper and plastic can be recycled. Heavier metals like steel and lead can be reclaimed and reused. But what about the really nasty stuff, like toxic waste?

Last year, a professor at Texas A&M University came up with a process to turn nuclear waste into energy. The process would utilize subcritical fission to break down the most dangerous components, the transuranics, over a period of years, producing energy in the process.

There are also people using mushrooms to clean up oil spills and plastic waste.

It seems like we need to recruit the help of Mother Nature in addressing some of our biggest mistakes. It heralds the emergence of a new field of bio-processing.

Now, a group of universities in western England and Wales have come up with a research project to decontaminate the water that has been tainted as the result of the tin mining process. At the same time, the project aims to harvest useful heavy metals and produce biofuels as a byproduct.

New York Announces a Statewide Ban on Fracking

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - On December 17th New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shook the world with the announcement with the Empire State was banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, as it’s come to be known. The governor claims to have relied on the judgment of Health Commissioner Dr. Harold A. Zucker and Joseph Martens, the state environmental conservation commissioner, in making the call. “I am not a scientist,” said the governor. “ I’m not an environmental expert. I’m not a health expert. I’m a lawyer.  So let’s bring the emotion down, and let’s ask the qualified experts what their opinion is.”

Zucker said his decision boiled down to the question of whether he’d want his family living in a town where fracking was taking place. The answer was no.

Fracking has been credited for the huge boom in US oil and gas production, which has put it on a path to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer. But it has also been controversial, almost from the outset, with numerous complaints about health issues, fear of contaminated water supplies, large amounts of water consumption and earthquakes. Economic  impacts could potentially cover a wide swath of our economy starting with agriculture and tourism and extending outward from there. Yet drillers are protected by Federal law from disclosing, under the Safe Water Drinking Act, the contents of the “fracking fluids” they are injecting into the ground. This loophole was put in place by former Vice-President Dick Cheney, whose company Halliburton has been a major player in the fracking industry. This level of secrecy has done much to increase public suspicion of the process.

The domestic energy boom has helped to bring energy prices down which has helped to make American industry more globally competitive. It has also helped to accelerate the move away from coal on the part of many utility companies. Add to that the fact that it has reduced our dependence on imported oil, and you can see why so many were willing to overlook the potential health and environmental risks that have been associated with the practice.

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