Vikas Vij

Vikas Vij
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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18 hours 13 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The global airlines industry released 705 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2013. This represents 12 percent of all transportation emissions, demonstrating the scale of the environmental impact that the aviation sector is having. Boeing Co. has recognized the urgent need to develop alternative biofuels that will cut down the carbon emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to conventional petroleum fuels, and make the sector more environmentally sustainable.

In a significant move toward achieving this goal, Boeing has entered into a partnership with South African Airways and SkyNRG to use hybrid tobacco to...


2 days 18 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Ethically sourced diamonds are an important means of socio-economic development in the local communities of the diamond-producing countries in Africa. Revenue generated from diamond export supports critical investments in infrastructure, healthcare and education in these regions.

However, the onus lies on global diamond traders to ensure that the diamonds are sourced from conflict-free areas and mined under strict international environmental and ethical standards to protect the ecosystems as well as the interests of local communities. Towards this end, Tiffany and Co. has established direct relationships with many of the diamond...


4 days 15 hours ago

 

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Event-style charity has not gone out of style in Nashville, where one might expect both tradition and innovation to combine, even in philanthropy.This is what occurred in May, when Great American Country, HGTV and DIY Network joined hands with Rebuilding Together at the 2014 National Healthy Homes Conference in Nashville.

The conference put a spotlight on the value of living in a healthy home, highlighting products, policies and improvements designed for healthier homes. Television personalities from HGTV and DIY networks as well as government employees spoke at various conference sessions.

The conference covered more than...


5 days 18 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Affordable and accessible health care is critical to ensuring a good quality of life for all citizens. However, the health care sector also faces a paradox in terms of its environmental impact, which can be a negative in its own goal of delivering good health for all. As much as eight percent of the total annual carbon emissions in the US are contributed by the health care sector.

The irony does not end here. Health care activities also involve a large use of chemicals, with the sector spending over $100 billion annually on chemicals and chemical products, excluding pharmaceuticals. In terms of waste production, the US health care...


6 days 18 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The deadliest outbreak in the history of Ebola virus in West Africa has already claimed more than 900 lives. Governments across the world have stepped up surveillance and quarantine measures. Global businesses with mining activities in West Africa are evaluating the potential impact on their ability to sustain operations while also safeguarding their employees and their families against the outbreak, which is spreading faster than anyone anticipated.

Ebola-affected West African countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have large untapped deposits of iron ore, bauxite, gold, diamonds and other commodities. West Africa represents a major global mining...


1 week 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Africa is an exceptionally rich continent in terms of nature’s bounties and cultural diversity. However, the majority of countries in Africa rank among the least developed in the world as per the UN classification. The economic potential of this sleeping giant has remained largely unexplored due to poor and disjointed development strategies and an uncertain investment climate.

However, the recent U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., part of the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, has brought new hope to usher in an era of economic change in Africa. Coca-Cola is among the leading companies committed to making sustainable investments in Africa, with $12...


1 week 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Fuel-cell technology has been the focal point of interest for scientists and engineers around the world who are looking for more sustainable sources of energy for mass use. The power generating efficiency of fuel cells steers ahead of almost every other energy source. Unlike conventional power-generation methods, fuel cells directly convert chemical energy into electrical energy, which minimizes the environmental impact.

General Electric (GE) has been at the forefront of the efforts to bring hyper-efficient, clean and affordable fuel-cell technology to the masses. The company has made game-changing breakthroughs in fuel-cell...


1 week 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – One of the popular misconceptions around the world is that hunger is a problem confined only to the developing countries. However, the facts and figures on global food insecurity reveal a slightly different picture. According to the most recent statistics released by the U.S. government in September 2013 (Coleman-Jensen 2013), 17.6 million U.S. households, or about 14.5 percent families, were food insecure in 2012. This percentage remains the same as 2008, when the financial crisis had peaked.

In 2012, 3.9 million American households at times failed to provide sufficient, nutritious food for their children. This happened even when children are typically protected by...


1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The historic first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies has emerged as a potential catalyst to transform the African economic landscape. President Obama has led the initiative from the front, bringing together top American corporate investors and about 50 African leaders. This landmark global event is set to culminate in $14 billion in business deals to provide a boost to the African economy.

The Caterpillar Foundation, backed by Caterpillar, Inc., has also sharpened its focus on Africa at this opportune moment in the continent’s history. It has pursued the path of corporate social innovation to...


2 weeks 21 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The demand for skilled tradespersons in the US industry has been growing consistently. Figures released by the Department of Labor show that America will need 41,700 more cement masons, 114,700 more electricians and 218,200 more carpenters over the next eight years.

Enrollment at technical colleges, however, has gone down by 23 percent since 2010, despite the lower cost of skill-based education and promising job prospects. The US government is already spending about $17 billion annually to bridge the “skills gap” in this area, but there is a need to recognize, encourage and promote tradespersons and highlight their achievements.

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