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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2 hours 51 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability has emerged as a significant challenge, consideringthe global population explosion, rapid economic growth and consumption of exhaustible natural resources. Innovative solutions, tools and practices need to be put in place to address the potential social, environmental and economic impact of an advancing civilization.

SPF Americas 2014 has set an ambitious agenda for actionable best practices and innovative approaches to these challenges, with Enablon’s cutting-edge solutions at the heart of the program. SPF Americas 2014 EH&S, Risk and Sustainability technology conference will take place on September 25-26, 2014...


14 hours 36 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Eminent personalities from the world of sports and entertainment often use their celebrity status to support social and charitable causes. Spreading awareness and fundraising for cancer is among the key causes that have received strong support from celebrities over the years.

Lance Armstrong, the former cyclist and a cancer survivor himself, who founded the LiveStrong Foundation, is a prime example. The Foundation has raised over half a billion dollars to support cancer survivors, and advocated on their behalf in major policy debates. Ellen Degeneres, whose mother survived breast cancer at a young age, has been a long time...


16 hours 42 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – America’s love for pizza knows no bounds. 93 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month. Out of total five billion pizzas consumed worldwide each year, the US alone consumes three billion. Across the US, around 70,000 pizzerias are in operation, and the average pizzeria uses 55 pizza boxes per day. That translates to about 1.4 billion pizza boxes used in the country each year.

GreenBox, the multi-functional, environment-friendly pizza box by Ecovention, LLC, offers a revolutionary eco-conscious pizza packaging solution. GreenBoxbreaks into plates and a storage unit for leftovers, and is made of 100 percent recyclable...


1 day 15 hours 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...


3 days 15 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...


5 days 13 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...


6 days 16 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...


1 week 16 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 2 days 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 3 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...


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