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14 hours 51 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Last week I attended the BASF CreatorSpace Summit in NYC. The summit, one of several being held worldwide, is in commemoration of BASF’s 150th anniversary.

CEO Wayne T. Smith kicked off the event, saying, “As we celebrate this milestone, we are connecting people with ideas to make meaningful contributions to society in accordance with our corporate purpose: ’We create chemistry for a sustainable future.’” The meaningful contribution for this particular summit was aimed at the question of the future of the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, an area that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Red Hook was selected because it typifies in many ways the kind of vibrant oceanfront community that has tough choices ahead, including the threat of future storms, growing population, economic inequality and the desire to maintain the unique characteristics that give the area its sense of identity and community.

A number of knowledgeable contributors were invited to the event, to serve as co-creators. These included architects, city planners, engineers, artists as well as residents of the Red Hook community.

1 day 15 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global progress on climate change and sustainability over the last two decades has been uneven, leading to an increasing level of urgency to find more effective solutions. As the date of the UN climate change conference in Paris approaches, the global community faces another seminal year, giving rise to hopes that the December summit will lead to more decisive action.

3 days 15 hours ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - Tetra Pak wants to raise awareness of using renewables to mitigate the impact businesses have on natural resources​, so it ​has launched a new series of discussions with experts and stakeholders to ​promote the issue.​

4 days 13 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Children and puppies are the consumer-friendly causes most companies love to support, but they aren’t the only important issues facing society. There are some companies brave enough to tackle more sensitive social issues, and Mary Kay is one of those hero brands.

4 days 13 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – California, the Golden State, is enduring a severe drought, and has implemented mandatory restrictions for water usage, the first in the state’s history. In America, it is generally taken for granted that when you open a tap, water will come out.

4 days 14 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - A lot of people who don’t like change say that renewables are only economical because of government subsidies. First of all, even as prices continue to fall, there are already a number of places where renewables are cost-competitive without any subsidies. Second, what most people do not realize is the extent to which conventional fossil fuels are subsidized. A recent report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sheds light on this.

They key findings of the study, as summarized on their website are as follows:

“First, post-tax energy subsidies are dramatically higher than previously estimated, and projected to remain high despite the sharp decline in international energy prices. Second, the vast majority of energy subsidies reflect domestic externalities, so countries should move ahead with energy subsidy reform unilaterally in their own interests. Third, the potential fiscal, environmental and welfare impacts of energy subsidy reform are substantial. Using the fiscal dividend to lower distortionary taxes or increase productive public spending could further improve welfare and economic growth.”

The numbers disclosed in this report are so monumental, you might want to make sure you are sitting down before reading them. The expected global subsidy for the year 2015 is $5.3 trillion dollars. That’s equivalent to 6.5% of the global gross domestic product (GDP) and over 29% of the projected US GDP for the same year. According to The Guardian, that works out to $10 million per minute. That’s just the subsidies. By the time all that all is converted into motor fuels, consumers spend an additional $5.5 trillion. All told, that means, we spend roughly 13.2% of the global GDP to be able to fill up our cars with fuel. That’s more than half of what an average of 83 countries tracked by USDA, spend on food. That number also edges out the total government health spending, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which came in at 6.0% (in 2013, the latest year for which figures were available).

1 week 15 min ago

(3BL/Just Means) UPS recently announced its agreement to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) for its delivery vehicle fleet from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. UPS has a goal of driving one billion miles using its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet by the end of 2017. That’s a commitment that will make it the largest user of RNG in the shipping industry. 

1 week 14 hours ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - As citizens become more acutely aware of water issues, so does their willingness to save water and reduce their environmental impact.