Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie Cheeseman
Gina-Marie Cheeseman is a central California-based journalist who writes about sustainability, environmental issues, and healthy living. With a degree in journalism and a passion for social responsibility, she writes for a number of online publications. She believes that collaboration between the public and private sectors can help solve many problems facing the planet and its people. named Cheeseman as one of the “75 Environmentalists to Follow on Twitter.” Twitter: @gmcheeseman - See more at:

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1 year 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Burning fossil fuels has made our modern world possible with its many conveniences, but it has also been the main cause of climate change. As UN Chief Antonio Guterres recently declared, “Continuing to invest in fossil fuels would create “an unsustainable future.” He added that “we must stop making bets on an unsustainable future that will place savings and societies at risk."

While an estimated $825 billion was invested in fossil fuels and high emissions sectors in 2016, according to Guterres, a divestment movement is growing. Over 800 institutions have divested around $5.57 trillion from fossil fuels. The Ray C. Anderson...

1 year 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) The burning of fossil fuels has increased the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Shipping companies like UPS are investing in renewable natural gas (RNG) as an alternative to fossil fuels. RNG, also known as biomethane, is a gas that is completely interchangeable with conventional natural gas, and can be used in natural gas vehicles. It is a biofuel produced from biomass sources such as decomposing organic waste in landfills, wastewater treatment and agriculture. It is distributed through the natural gas pipeline system, which makes it available as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG). Using RNG...

1 year 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) The Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region has made many social and economic improvements in 15 years. Those include reducing poverty, inequality and hunger. However, the region still faces big environmental and social challenges. Extreme weather events with a link to climate change such as hurricanes pose big threats to the region. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is the costliest one on record, with damages from just Hurricane Irma costing $30 billion. Average unemployment in the region increased above eight percent in 2016. Although women’s participation in the region’s workforce is 53 percent, nearly a third of all women have no...

1 year 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeabs) Big cities such as Los Angeles and New York are not the only places with sustainability plans in places. Sechelt is a small town in British Columbia, Canada with a population of 8,000 residents. In 2011, Sechelt published its sustainability plan.

Sechelt had two aging wastewater treatment plants which needed to be replaced as they had significant noise and odor issues and did not effectively handle residuals. The District of Sechelt decided that instead of refurbishing both plants, it would build a new one that would surpass regulatory requirements and meet LEED Gold standards. The town’s...

1 year 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) California is the most populous state in the nation, with almost 40 million residents and an economy ranking number six in the world. The Golden State also has led the way in taking care of the environment. The state has a renewables portfolio standard of 33 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2030. An executive order in 2005 established a target reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. A bill in 2006 created an economy-wide cap-and-trade program.

The utility company Southern California Edison envisions a future where there are over 7 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the state’s freeways and...

1 year 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Water is a precious commodity that is in increasing demand. Global water demand is projected to grow by 55 percent by 2050. It will take a 60 percent increase in agricultural production and a 15 percent increase in water withdrawals to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Presently, 70 percent of global water withdrawals are for agriculture.

Business holds the key to good water management. However, only 42 percent of those who responded to a recent survey by Ecolab and GreenBiz Group cited water management as a strategic corporate initiative. Of the 184 businesses surveyed, 82 percent said they are not sufficiently using advanced...

1 year 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Many egg-laying hens in the U.S. spend their lives in cages only 67 square inches. That is smaller than a sheet of letter-sized paper. Battery cages are so small that hens are unable to turn around, flap their wings or engage is normal chicken behavior such as nesting, perching or dustbathing. Cage-free hens are able to walk, spread their wings and lay eggs in nests.

 More and more companies are pledging to go cage-free. About 200 companies have pledged to eliminate battery cages from their supply chains in the U.S. Major corporations such as Walmart and McDonald’s have pledged to go cage-free by 2025 in their egg...

1 year 12 months ago

The future of the car industry is looking electric. The benefits of increasing investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure outweigh the costs by more than three to one, a new analysis by Ceres and M.J. Bradley & Associates has found. An infrastructure investment of $17.6 billion would yield $58 billion worth of benefits by 2035. After 2035, the annual net benefits will increase faster than charging infrastructure investments.

The analysis evaluated the need for electric vehicle charging infrastructure to accommodate...

2 years 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) A third of the food produced globally is never eaten. It’s a problem that costs the global economy an estimated $940 billion. Lost and wasted food also contributes to climate change, generating about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and consuming around 25 percent of water used in agriculture. And lost or wasted food is a widespread problem, as it occurs throughout the entire supply chain, from agricultural production to household consumption.


2 years 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) The cocoa industry has a dirty secret. Child labor is way too common in West Africa. Over 70 percent of the global cocoa supply comes from two West African countries: the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Farmers supplying companies with the chocolate they use in their products receive little for the cocoa. That means they are unable to hire laborers to harvest the crop, and child labor is widely used as a result. A Tulane University report found that in 2013 and 2014, 2.26 million children in Ghana and the Ivory Coast worked in cocoa production.

General Mills is working to make the cocoa sector more sustainable and to reduce...