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11 hours 52 min ago

Guest Blog by Bill Shireman and Kellen Klein, Future 500

As today’s products grow increasingly varied and complex, so too does the stakeholder network calling on companies to reduce the negative impacts of the widgets they produce. The past two years have seen a particularly noticeable increase in domestic stakeholder activity around waste, recycling and packaging.

15 hours 41 min ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - Why cycle to work? There are several good reasons​ to embrace two-wheeled transportation​. For one, it is healthy: aerobic exercise is good for the heart and it improves our resistance and overall fitness. Second, streets are jammed! Fewer cars on the road means less stress and more room to move.

19 hours 45 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - James Hansen came to Rochester, NY to give the keynote address at the Sierra Club’s Annual Forum. The title of his talk was “Climate Change and Energy: How Can Young People Take Ownership of Their Future?” It was the culmination of several talks he had given while in town.

Not surprisingly, Hansen began by talking about how last year was the warmest on record and how based on the data recorded so far, this year is well on its way to being warmer. He described the many sources of data corroborating the phenomenon like GRACE satellite data that shows Greenland and Antarctica rapidly losing mass, and the 3,200 Argo floats that have been sampling temperatures in the top 2 km of the ocean. These show the increase in ocean temperature. Though we have had a “pause,” for about a decade, in which the rate of cooling had declined, the recent data shows the resumption of the earlier trend. The pause has been explained by Drew Shindell (a former colleague of Hansen’s) as being due to the short term impact of aerosols, among the explanations that have been put forward.

Hansen’s biggest concerns going forward are two irreversible trends. The first is the extinction of species, the rate of which is estimated to take out anywhere from 25 to 50 per cent of all species living on Earth today, by the end of the century. While climate change is not the only factor driving these extinctions, it exacerbates many of the other stresses, such as loss of habitat and chemical pollutions, which are also primarily human induced.

The second concern is disintegration of the great ice sheets. New satellite data confirms that the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are losing mass at an accelerating pace. In the case of Western Antarctica, that rate of ice loss has been increasing by 25 billion tons per year per year.

He described a newly discovered positive feedback loop to add to the albedo loss, and the release of methane from melting permafrost. This one has to do with the circumpolar circulation of water in the ocean. As the glaciers melt and discharge large amounts of fresh water into the ocean it cause the cold water to sink more slowly which has the effect of causing sea ice to expand. This, in turn, releases heat that is melting the ice shelves that act as buttresses to the great ice sheets. Should the ice sheets disintegrate, ocean levels will rise by huge amounts. Even if temperatures are maintained at the 2 degrees C mark that the IPCC is currently targeting, we could still see sea levels 5-9 meters above their current levels, enough to wipe out virtually all coastal cities.

1 day 17 hours ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - Like many consumers, I worry about what happens to the clothes I buy when ​I wear them out or just get tired of them​​​. Granted, we can donate them to second hand shops, or even pass them down to family members who enjoy a bit of vintage style.

2 days 4 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies that get involved with the community stand apart from their competitors, and reap dividends over time in terms of loyal customers and happier employees. A business does not operate in a vacuum. The citizens and groups that live within a company’s local operating regions are vital to its existence. The workers too are a part of the community and in many cases grew up there.

2 days 19 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – By 2025, nearly two billion people will experience absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world will survive in water-stressed conditions. More than 1.4 billion people currently live in river basins where water use is more than the minimum recharge levels, according to the UN Development Programme. In 60 percent of European cities with a population of 100,000 or more, groundwater is being used at a faster rate than it can be replenished.

3 days 15 hours ago

Guest Blog by TINYpulse

Remember in grade school when everyone received gold stars for doing great work? Now let’s do some comparisons. If a school kid does great work but doesn’t get a gold star, what do they do? They throw a tantrum. On the other hand, if an employee does great work but doesn’t get recognized, what do they do? They quit.

3 days 18 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The global steel and mining industry carries the burden of a non-sustainable history which it is now trying to reverse—fast. Steel manufacturers around the world increasingly offer intelligent steel construction solutions that support energy-efficient and low-carbon buildings. At the same time, responsible steel companies are focusing on the use of by-products, recycling, and energy and water management in their production processes.

3 days 19 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Responsible business is not just about how a business spends its money, but also about how it makes its money. It is about managing corporate growth responsibly while reducing its environmental footprint. It is also about social responsibility, which is how a business operates as an employer, manufacturer, supplier and customer, and how it can help to build vibrant local communities as a neighbor.