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Florida’s Untapped Solar Power

(3BL Media/Just Means) I've spent the summer living in historic St. Augustine, Florida. The surf is great, the people are friendly and the sun shines brightly every single day. The sun is powerful here, powerful enough it seems to produce enough solar energy for most of the nation.

Companies Seek to Make Employee Commuting More Sustainable

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – One of the attractive perks that can motivate almost any employee is an easier commute. Companies that think about creating solutions to get workers to their location in way that minimizes driving are likely to have a competitive edge over others. Driving to work may not be the first choice of the millennials. If a company can support the commuting need of workforce in a more sustainable way, it will help the environment and also improve employee loyalty and motivation.

Freight and Transport Companies Rapidly Investing in Biofuels

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Biofuels are emerging as a credible alternative that can help reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. Biofuels are an important key to decelerating climate change and improving global fuel security. The U.S. currently leads the world in biofuel investments. More than 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol was produced in the U.S. in 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

When Transportation is More than Just Good Business

Guest blog by Tori Kaplan, CSX

DHL Transforms Rural Africa with New Cargo Service

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Parts of Africa remain vastly unexplored, with many remote regions in inaccessible for trade even as it has been widely acknowledged that international trade plays a crucial role in development and poverty reduction in the continent.

GE Capital Canada and Gaz Metro Partner to Promote Natural Gas

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the American Gas Association (AGA), natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel and a highly efficient form of energy. Natural gas is primarily composed of methane, and its combustion results in less pollution. Compared to oil or coal, natural gas produces significantly lesser CO2 and other GHGs in most applications. Furthermore, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says that natural gas can cost up to 30 percent less than diesel.

First Whale Oil, Now Big Oil To Be Extinct: Amory Lovins Shakes Up CERES 2015

(3BL Media Media/Justmeans) - What do Big Oil and whale oil have in common? According to Amory B. Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist of The Rocky Mountain Institute, Big Oil is soon to follow whale oil’s downward trajectory toward extinction. At this year’s

Driving the Future: A Tale of a Call to Action on Climate and a Long Delayed Response

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - I recently read Driving the Future, the new book by Margo T. Oge, former director of EPA’s Office of Air Quality and Transportation. It’s the story of the evolving effort within the EPA to get the government to take action on climate change, which it finally did, after years of delay ,with the passage of two separate rounds of fuel economy standards, first in 2009, then a second in 2012. Not only was this the first U.S. government action taken on this issue, it was also surprisingly effective. This single stroke of the pen in 2012, will cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks in half by 2025, possibly making it the largest single action taken to date in the effort to reduce emissions.

The book opens with the history of climate change science, going back to the work of Karl Friedrich Schimper in the 1830’s, who along with Louis Agassiz, recognized the existence of glaciers and ice ages. From there, the narratuve layers on the evidence, describing the work of John Tyndall and Svante Arrhenius, who both demonstrated the heat trapping ability of certain atmospheric gases. It was Arrhenius who recognized that without carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the entire planet would remain perpetually frozen.

Work in the US began in 1946 with Roger Revelle who worked with the Navy, studying various phenomena in the Pacific Ocean after the war. This led to an understanding of how the ocean absorbs carbon and how the sun’s rays pass through the atmosphere. Describing the impact of his findings, Revelle testified before a Congressional committee in 1957, calling the use of fossil fuels, “a grandiose scientific experiment,” which could potentially lead to dramatic and erratic shifts in the Earth’s climate in the next century. This was in 1957. It was Revelle who, in 1965, as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s Science Advisory Committee, caught the attention of a Harvard undergraduate name Al Gore, inspiring him to look further into the topic. Scientists meanwhile, continued to study the issue, refining their understanding.

By 1977, NY Times science writer Walter Sullivan had the subject on the Times’ front page with a story entitled, “Scientists Fear Heavy Use of Coal May Bring Adverse Shift in Climate.” The story goes on from here and you’ve probably heard the rest. Yet here we are, almost 40 years later with over half the Republicans in Congress, acting like this is some new, controversial theory that hasn’t had time to be fully investigated.

GM Drives towards a Sustainable Future with Electric Vehicles

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center says that using hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles instead of conventional vehicles can help reduce the country’s dependence on imported oil and increase energy security. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and all-electric vehicles are both capable of using off-board sources of electricity, which is increasingly produced from renewable resources in the U.S.

Save the Children Restarts Rescue Petition After 700 Drown

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In April a major rescue operation took place in the Mediterranean after as many as 700 migrants were feared to have drowned just outside Libyan waters, in what could prove to be the worst disaster yet involving migrants being smuggled into Europe. The passengers are often locked in the hold of the ship, meaning they have little chance of survival in an ­emergency.

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