Social Innovation

BRICS Nations Launch $100 Billion Sustainable Development Bank

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – BRICS countries, which include Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, comprise over one-fifth of the global economy. The growing economic power of BRICS nations has surpassed the level of negotiating power they command at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The value of South-South trade has exceeded that of North-South trade by about $2.2 trillion – which is more than a quarter of global trade.

The International Barcode of Life Project

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Have you heard of a bio-literate world? A world where you could know in minutes the name of any animal or plant – at any-time or place, including everything about that life-form, from what are its habits to is it endangered or dangerous?  Should it even be there, or is it an invader from somewhere else? Imagine how science could use this knowledge to protect the planet's biodiversity and promote human health and well being?

Sindyanna of Galilee: Positive Action for Women And Communities

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Tensions between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas are running high after days of fighting. The peace process has faltered and the shadow of terrorism remains as property is vandalised, farmers' olive trees destroyed, and homes and businesses destroyed.

Home Depot, BJ's Wholesale, Other Retailers Join Hands to Help Honeybee Population

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Aggressive use of pesticides to push agricultural output has had an undesirable impact on the ecological balance in several ways. Environmentalists have continued to warn against the rampant use of pesticides and their ill effects. One of the classes of pesticides called neonic is known to boost crop yield, and is also extensively used on plants grown in lawns and gardens.

Microsoft Announces its Largest Wind Investment to Date

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global corporations are picking up speed to make a shift towards renewable sources of energy in order to reduce their environmental footprint. Some of the major technology companies such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook have started a new trend of sponsoring entire wind farms as a part of this shift.

Barclays Promotes Investments in Gender Diverse Companies

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Ever since women began playing a significant role in business and entrepreneurship, the debate about the value of female leadership in business has never ceased. Now the British-based banking giant Barclays is putting real money behind the belief that companies that encourage women leadership are more profitable than the rest.

In The Context of Healthy Ageing

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The 21st century is seeing an unprecedented global demographic transition. By 2050 – less than 40 years away – it is predicted that one-fifth of the world’s population will be to be made up of people 60 or over, drastically altering some countries' demographic make-up.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance 2030 Market Outlook Predicts a Bigger Future for Renewable Energy

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) predicts that two thirds of the world's investments in building new power generation by 2030 may go to renewable energy, as declining costs make renewable energy more competitive and attractive. A whopping $5.1 trillion of a predicted $7.7 trillion of global energy investment could be spent on renewables.

GM, HP, Mars, Bloomberg, Intel, Others Call for Market Changes in Renewable Energy

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The World Wildlife Fund, in collaboration with the World Resources Institute, has brought together a dozen global companies to lobby for necessary market changes to make it easier to buy more renewable energy. The companies include General Motors, Wal-Mart, Bloomberg, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, Novelis, Sprint, Proctor and Gamble and REI.


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