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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The global population is expected to grow up to 7.5 billion people over the next six years. Food security is likely to be one of the most important issues that the world will face in the next few decades. Sustainable agricultural techniques are the way forward that can improve productivity of the farms, while conserving natural resources and reducing the environmental impact.


1 day 18 hours ago

(3BL Media/JUst Means) – ​Getting good coffee on a flight is not always possible, as coffee lovers world over know. How about getting a good coffee and do good at the same time? Sounds like a pipe dream, right? Well, in 2009, Southwest Airlines introduced a new onboard coffee experience called LIFT, a dark-roasted 100 percent Arabica blend of South and Central American coffees that sounds and tastes delicious.


2 days 23 hours ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - ​ One of the most interesting and creative variations of recycling is upcycling, which means giving an object a new lease of life, perhaps in a totally new format. Anything can be upcycled, from cutlery that gets upgraded into jewelry to old jeans that can become - why not - carrier bags.


3 days 7 hours ago

(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.


4 days 16 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) We’ve been hearing about the potential wonders of the Smart Grid for several years now. It will save energy, make utility operations more streamlined, support renewables and save money for consumers. All these things are true, and they will be even more important in the years ahead as the impacts of climate change are felt more strongly. But blackouts are happening right now, and they are costing utilities money. That seems to be the primary driver for many power companies to begin investing in technology today.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), power outages cost US businesses $150 billion per year. The number of blackouts has increased 285% since 1984 and their duration, here in the US, is the longest among industrialized countries.

Why is that? There are two reasons. First, there is more power going through our electric grid than ever before. Second, and most important, the grid is getting old.

The U.S. electrical grid, once considered a marvel, is becoming a dinosaur. Going back over 60 years, some of the designs date back to Edison himself. It consists of some 7,000 power plants pushing electrons out over 450,000 miles of transmission lines, to businesses and homes that are interconnected by some 2.5 million miles of feeder lines. According to the Edison Electric Institute, it is worth $876 billion, though the value of what it produces is incalculable.

It was built for a time and a scale when things could be done manually. Meter readers would go from house to house reading mechanical meters, and linemen could inspect the lines to see where repairs were needed. Today, it has become too big and too indispensable for that.


5 days 4 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Many of the first naturalists to encounter the New World disembarked in the colony of South Carolina in the late 1600s, where they encountered the beaches, salt marshes and productive estuaries of coastal Carolina, marshes, meadows and forests, and the mysterious Carolina Bays, a series of oval northwest-southeast oriented depressions that extend through North and South Carolina.


5 days 5 hours ago

(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?


5 days 5 hours ago

(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.


5 days 8 hours ago

(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.


6 days 15 hours ago

"Risky Business," a new report led by Mike Bloomberg and Henry Paulson, aims to frame climate change in economic terms. Will it make Americans care more about the issue?

(Justmeans/3BL Media) -- So much of how climate change is reported on and understood is through numbers. Here are a few.


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