Jan Lee

Jan Lee is a former news editor and award-winning editorial writer whose non-fiction and fiction have been published in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and Australia. Her articles and posts can be found on TriplePundit, JustMeans, and her blog, The Multicultural Jew, as well as other publications. She currently splits her residence between the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and the rural farmlands of Idaho.

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VW Granted One Month to Solve Emissions Problems

A District Court judge has given VW one last month to come up with a feasible plan to solve its “emissions scandal” and for the regulators and VW to reach a legal agreement. But will the company be able address all of the nearly 600,000 non-compliant vehicles? One expert suggests maybe not.

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Greenpeace: Tuna Recalls Aren’t Big Enough

Bumble Bee is recalling more than 31,000 cases of chunk light tuna after a malfunction left the cans partially cooked. Two other companies have also issued recalls. But Greenpeace is asking whether, given human rights and environmental abuses it says it has documented on contracted tuna seiners, this limited recall is enough.

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Think the DARK Act Was Defeated? Not So Fast

Hold on to that favorite box of cereal, GMO opponents. Last week’s celebratory news that the DARK Act had met its timely death may not be quite that straightforward. A bill to stop Vermont’s upcoming labeling law is alive and well in Senate. It’s called the Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, and it lives deep in the recesses of an old marine conservation bill where few would likely look for GMO legislation.

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Donald Trump’s Global Stability Risk: Why We Really Need to Care

Yes America, the vote is out. U.S. voters may see the Republican front-runner as something of an infuriating curiosity, but apparently economic analysts in the U.K. aren’t laughing. The Economist Intelligence Unit just put Donald Trump’s potential presidency on the list of top 10 risks to global stability — right up there with the Islamic State. But it may not be for the reasons you’d expect.

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Zika Virus Findings Spur Opportunistic Investors and SEC Warnings

New research suggests that there is a link between Zika and fetal abnormalities, particularly early in pregnancy. Meanwhile, some “savvy investors” are looking for a way to cash in on the spike in Zika cases that now span more than 38 countries. And that’s prompted the SEC to get involved, warning would-be investors to be on alert for investment scams.

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Grocery Manufacturers of America Found Guilty of Money Laundering in GMO Campaign

A Washington state court ruled in a recent summary judgment that when the Grocery Manufacturers Association tried to conceal the identity of contributors to anti-GMO political campaign in 2013, it broke the state’s strict campaign finance laws. The question that is about to come before the court is whether the GMA intentionally broke the law in an effort to deceive voters. If so, in accordance with Washington’s campaign finance laws, the organization and its 300 member companies will pay some steep fines.

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SPECIAL SERIES: From Farm to Factory: A 3 Part Series on Social Impacts in Apparel

Addressing Forced Labor in the Garment Industry

The first inklings of international labor standards were hammered out almost a century ago, with the optimism that human rights abuses could be managed through international consensus. Today, those concepts seem far less realistic, especially when it comes to the growing garment industry and the profitable cotton trade. But organizations, consumers and businesses are making strides at lessening the social impact of forced labor and child labor in the cotton supply chain.

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HPE 3rd Living Progress Exchange Spurs ICT Innovation

What will increase opportunities in the information, communication and technology sectors? And what is it that drives excellence and efficiency for ICT companies? Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Globscan hosted the third Living Progress Exchange in December with these very questions in mind. ICT professionals weighed in to give their take on what will boost efficiency, accessibility and opportunities for tomorrow’s ICT industries.

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Hundreds of Volkswagen Class-Actions Call for Massive Damages

More than 400 class-action suits have been filed against Volkswagen. They allege the automaker not only included “emissions cheating” software into its vehicles, but also that it cheated customers by charging a premium based on its asserted emissions technology. Last week, after the bulk of those cases had been transferred to a California district court, the first combined class-action arrived at VW’s doorstep. Attorneys are calling for more than a fix or a replacement. They’re asking for punitive damages.

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Yelp’s Living Wage Debate

What do you do when you find that your paycheck isn’t enough to survive on in the country’s fourth-largest city? Many of us would tender our resignation and move. One woman decided to make a statement about it — and got fired. Not a surprise according to the 1,300 and counting comments she got on her blog post, but it has inflamed that old but familiar debate about that topic we hate to discuss: the right to a living wage.

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Should EV Investments Absolve Volkswagen of Diesel Cheating?

Sources in Germany suggest that the EPA may be heading toward an creative deal with Volkswagen — but is it one that will bring much needed innovation to the auto industry? And more to the point, will it really help our environment on its own?

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Porter Ranch Residents Move Back Home, Gas Plant Remains Closed

Now that the four-month-long methane leak has been stopped, Porter Ranch residents have been told they can move back into their homes. A lot of questions remain, however, such as the lasting effect of the leak. But as of this week, a State Assembly panel believes it has come up with a way to ensure that there won’t be another “catastrophic failure” at the affected facility: enact a moratorium and vigorously review all 115 wells. The state’s regulatory framework for natural gas wells will also get a vigorous review, including those that may have contributed to the billowing methane leak.