Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie is a freelance writer and journalist armed with a degree in journalism, and a passion for social justice, including the environment and sustainability. She writes for various websites, and has made the 75+ Environmentalists to Follow list by Mashable.com.

wind turbine

The Many Ways to Reduce CO2 Emissions

A new report from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change outlines the many ways for countries to reduce their C02 emissions.

cage free hen

Taco Bell Commits to Sourcing Cage-Free Eggs By Next Year

Taco Bell announced this week that 100 percent of its 6,000 U.S. restaurants will serve only cage-free eggs by December 2016. That would make the company the first fast food chain to makes its eggs completely cage-free, and it will transition to cage-free in just a 12 month time frame. Its eggs will be verified as “American Humane Certified” by the American Humane Association.

food waste

Solutions to Grocery Store Food Waste

Forty percent of food goes uneaten in the U.S., a National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report found. While some of it is thrown away by consumers, some of it is also thrown out by retailers. In-store food losses totaled about 43 billion pounds in 2008, equal to 10 percent of the nation’s total food supply at the retail level.

2593473375_7d84eb339e_z

Sea-Level Rise Could Have Big Impacts, Even If We Stay Under 2 Degrees

The world is almost halfway to the 2 degrees Celsius global temperature rise experts claim is the tipping point for averting climate change. But sea-level rise could impact over 600 million people, even if we stay below 2 degrees, according to a new report.

chicken of the sea

The Human Rights Abuses Packed Into Canned Tuna

That little can of tuna many people love to eat is packed with more than just protein. It likely is linked to human rights abuses. Take Thai Union, the largest canned tuna producer on the planet, which supplies brands and retailers around the world. Despite media attention, the company has failed to do anything about human rights abuses in its tuna supply chain, according to a recent Greenpeace report.

13951874380_3a4be2f49f_z

Government and Business Must Collaborate to Fight Climate Change

Something must be done to keep global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels: the threshold experts cite as the don’t-go-beyond mark to continue life as we know it. Country commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are crucial, but the private sector also has a role to play.

California drought

As Droughts Worsen, Food Companies Take Action on Water Risk

Food companies are feeling the pinch from worsening droughts in the U.S. Southwest, Australia and beyond. Firms like Cargill and Unilever reported drought-related losses over the past fiscal year. Yes, water risk is a pressing issue — and investors are demanding to know more about how food companies plan to tackle it. Now, six brands are stepping up to the plate.

Declared an EPA superfund site in , the West Lake Landfill

St. Louis Landfill Fire Near Nuclear Waste Dump Poses Concerns

A fire has been slowly burning underneath a landfill in the St. Louis, Missouri, area for five years. The Bridgeton Landfill, part of the West Lake Landfill, is less than a quarter of a mile away from 8,700 tons of radioactive barium sulfate, which was illegally dumped in the ’70s. Last weekend, an above-ground fire occurred at the landfill, highlighting the landfill’s mounting problems.

Subway

Subway To Phase Out Antibiotics

Another fast-food chain will phase antibiotics out of its meat supply chain in response to pressure from consumers and NGOs.

Paul Ryan

Despite Voting No On Parental-Leave, Ryan Pleads for Family Time

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced on Tuesday night that he will run for Speaker of the House, but only under certain conditions: “I cannot and will not give up my family time.” It’s great that Ryan wants to spend time with his wife and three children. However, his track-record concerning childcare legislation and subsidies shows he has one standard for himself and another for average Americans.

Forever 21

Forever 21 Suit Highlights Retail’s Unfair Scheduling Practices

The suit contends that Forever 21 required employees to be available for on-call shifts, but didn’t compensate them in accordance with state laws. Class-action lawsuits often highlight systemic problems, and this one is no exception.

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 8.22.01 PM

Sealed Air Proves a Packaging Company Can Make An Impact

“I believe we no longer sell packaging,” said Jerome A. Peribere, president and CEO of Sealed Air, “we sell increased shelf life.” But a longer shelf life on perishable food items isn’t the only way this packaging company is helping others in its supply chain reduce waste.