(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Investments that have a social or environmental benefit have grown substantially in the last few years. A recent report from the Washington-based Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment said that socially responsible investment assets in the U.S. stood at $7 trillion in 2014, registering an increase of 76 percent over 2012. A significant portion of these investments are aimed at helping developing countries.
(3BL Media and Just Means) - Seven days, seven marathons. The Run Across Congo has created huge awareness for gender equality in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Women runners from around the U.S. gathered together along the shores of Lake Kivu to partner with and encourage female farmers.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Back in April, James Hansen described some newly discovered causes for concern about global warming impacts including the rapid disintegration of Antarctic ice sheets, and an ocean circulation pattern around the poles. Now, after further analysis, he and a team of 16 other scientists have issued a draft of a new report that ratchets up the level of concern and the need for urgent action. (It should be noted that the report has not yet been peer-reviewed.)
The report claims that the two-degree Celsius increase in temperature that has come to represent the accepted goal from emission reduction efforts, may not be good enough. It could lead to conditions that Hansen calls, “highly dangerous.”
Why? While previous studies assumed an orderly linear rate of disintegration of polar ice sheets, which directly drive sea level rise, newly recognized trends point to a more alarming picture.
According to the report, “If the ocean continues to accumulate heat and increase melting of marine-terminating ice shelves of Antarctica and Greenland, a point will be reached at which it is impossible to avoid large scale ice sheet disintegration with sea level rise of at least several meters.”
Guest Blog by TINYpulse
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the White House figures, American women on average earn $0.77 for every dollar earned by men. The pay gap is even wider for women of color and ethnic descent. This harsh reality continues to exist despite the 1963 passage of the Equal Pay Act, which requires men and women to receive equal pay for equal work at the same place of employment.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The world’s ocean life is getting depleted rapidly. Nearly 90 percent of all large, predatory fish have vanished forever from the world’s oceans. According to Ocean Wise, the only solution is to turn back from the brink, and to begin consuming seafood in a sustainable manner.