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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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Tobacco growing has been an area of considerable debate with regard to the economic, social and environmental impact of this commercial crop. As one of the leaders in tobacco production, British American Tobacco (BAT) has recognized its responsibility to address the impact positively and shown commitment to supporting the tobacco farming communities globally and helping them prosper in a sustainable environment.

BAT has released its latest Sustainability Focus Report, Supporting Farmers’ Livelihoods: The Opportunity, which highlights the efforts that the company has been making to support farmers’ livelihoods. Five key focus areas to achieve this goal, which are...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Forests provide one of the cheapest and most effective ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere, and thereby help mitigate climate change. In the last few decades, global forests have absorbed about a third of the annual carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from fossil fuels. However, human beings have been destroying forests at a rate of 13 million hectares per year for the last 10 years.

The sourcing of some of the major agricultural commodities is a key driver of global deforestation. Businesses can take affirmative action to cut the link between commodities and deforestation, without impacting their bottom line....

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Businesses today face greater economic, social and environmental challenges than ever before. Right from the government, stakeholders and down to the consumers, there is a growing pressure on companies to conduct business in more sustainable ways. To achieve success in this climate, companies are increasingly adopting a more sustainable business approach.

A recent global survey carried out by Verdantix, an independent sustainability research and analysis firm, has revealed that sustainability managers in high-revenue companies around the world are being given more authority and responsibility. The survey tracked 260...

1 week 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – China and the United States are the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 carbon polluters. For long the two countries have been seen as antagonists on the path to finding solutions to mitigate climate change. Climate experts believe that unless these two nations can resolve their differences on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, there is little hope of other countries agreeing to mandatory cuts in emissions.

The announcement of a new landmark US-China agreement against the threat of climate change, and staking out an ambitious joint plan to reduce carbon emissions, after nine months of negotiations, is a major step that will have worldwide...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Renewable energy industry around the world has been witnessing a boom, but new green energy startups continue to face high hurdles in raising investment. However, an emerging method of raising sustainable financing for startup is crowdfunding, which is showing new promise. Crowdfunding allows for the elimination of middlemen, and enables a direct financial relationship between environmentally conscious individual investors and cleantech entrepreneurs.

In New Zealand, a cleantech startup called CarbonScape has broken new ground with success in raising financing through crowdfunding. CarbonScape is a carbon-refining company that...

2 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Accurate, timely and comprehensive sustainability implementation and reporting can help businesses improve their productivity. It contributes to increased motivation level of the employees, and enhances the relationships of the business with its stakeholders. However, the most common barrier to this endeavor is poor internal knowledge and flawed implementation of sustainability reporting.

GRI addresses precisely this barrier by providing the world’s most widely used and referenced sustainability reporting network. GRI has been a pioneer in making the sustainability reporting process standard practice for organizations around the world. Over 5,000 organizations across...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Bats constitute an important part of the ecosystems all around the world. They help pollinate flowers and disperse seeds for countless trees and shrubs. A variety of agricultural plants, including bananas, mangoes, peaches, avocadoes, figs, cashews, cloves, and dates depend on bats for pollination. Without the seed distribution that is made possible by bats, humans would be deprived of a lot of valuable fruits and vegetation. Furthermore, a single bat can eat up to 5,000 insects at night, which means farmers need fewer pesticides to produce food.

However, a devastating disease called white-nose syndrome is killing millions of bats...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Experts in the education sector have long identified STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education as fundamental to long-term sustainable economic growth and development. In an increasingly scientific and technological world, a skilled STEM workforce is the most valuable core competency of a nation.

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge, now in its third year, is designed to encourage young students in the US to develop an interest in the STEM subjects. The program is calling upon middle school and high school students to unleash their imagination and creativity, and come up with new concepts for mobile apps...

2 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A new UN report has said that the world will have to cut greenhouse gas emission to zero by 2100 in order to contain the risk of irreversible damage posed by climate change. The report said that global warming was now leading to greater heat extremes, downpours, pushing up sea levels, and acidifying the oceans. “Time is not on our side,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon while presenting the report.

PepsiCo has been working in a committed way to implement various initiatives to reduce the carbon intensity of its trucking fleet. It is closely engaging with suppliers to explore lower carbon fuel alternatives. Since 2010, the...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Conventional wisdom in China suggests that reduction of the overpopulated megacities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen would best promote equitable growth and sustainability. However, new thinking is emerging that emphasizes on optimizing the existing world-class infrastructure and innovation-driven systems in the country’s megacities to achieve greater sustainability and improve cost efficiencies.

Yukon Huang, a former World Bank chief in China and currently a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Asia program in Washington, suggests that China needs to completely rethink its...