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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EU Nations Lead the Way in Climate Change Prep

The European Union has committed a fifth of its budget to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Judging from those projects now underway, it’s serious about addressing the risk.

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The Apparel Industry’s Answer to Global Water Shortages

Sustainable fashion depends not only on the smart use of water resources, but also on new ways to reduce the dependence on water in production. We’ve found an inspiring list of companies that have developed innovative ways to not only reduce their water usage, but also incentivize consumers to do the same.

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The Crazy Logic Behind Florida’s Climate Change Ban

Big and small governments have tried through the years to change the vernacular that is used regarding controversial policies they don’t wish to accept. Now the Florida governor’s office has been accused of banning ‘climate change’ references from state communications. But will it make a difference?

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Ford Announces E-Bikes for Urban Commutes

Ford’s new e-bike prototypes do just about everything but steer the bike and serve you coffee. The two models, which were unveiled at the Mobile World Congress this week, are designed for commutes that rely on more than one mode of transport. Riders type in the destination and the preferences, and the bike figures the route. Getting to work sustainably just keeps getting easier and easier…

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Heineken Lager Brand Zaps ‘Skeeters, Fights Malaria

It’s been said that necessity breeds ingenuity. In this case, that accolade also belongs to the pesky mosquito — the inspiration for the Mozzie Box. The pesticide-infused box is the latest brainstorm for warding off mosquitoes in Papau New Guinea, where malaria at one time sickened one in five residents. SP Lager and the marketing firm GPY&R have come up with an ingenious way to introduce a mosquito repellant to outside gatherings, where mosquitoes often lurk. And the best part is the repellant is naturally produced.

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KFC and Seattle’s Best Present the Edible Coffee Cup

KFC diners in the U.K. apparently love their desserts — and their coffee. That’s why the bustling fried chicken chain plans to serve Seattle’s Best Coffee — complete with edible, chocolate-rimmed coffee cups. With another 100+ stores planned for the U.K. and Ireland soon, the new confection will get lots of visibility.

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Detroit Water Shutoff Crisis: Public Water Brigade Grows

The Detroit water shutoffs continue to grow each month, with the number surpassing 30,000 since January 2014. It’s given rise to international protests and criticism, but it has also spawned an awesome community network of volunteers and businesses working to ensure no one in Detroit goes without water.

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Duke Energy Pleads Guilty to Charges Under Clean Water Act

Duke Energy has submitted a plea bargain in response to federal charges that it illegally discharged coal ash and wastewater into North Carolina river systems. Environmental groups are hailing the announcement.

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Judge Declines Final Rule in Harvard Divestment Suit

Harvard University is feeling the pressure these days. More than 1,200 students and faculty have backed a suit by a coalition of students to force Harvard University to divest from fossil fuels. The judge’s response to the case, which was heard last Friday suggested this isn’t an open-and-shut issue, either. Climate change and fossil fuel investments are now a real topic for discussion in university boardrooms, just as much as they are in the classrooms they represent.

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Mount Polley Mine: ‘Indigenous Law’ Will Now Be Enforced

Six months after billions of gallons of tailings waste barreled into the Fraser River watershed in British Columbia, Canada, local Aboriginal communities are taking the law into their own hands. They are enforcing the first-ever comprehensive mining policies for Native Peoples. The British Columbia government hasn’t commented on the regulations yet, but one thing is for sure: the voices are being heard loud and clear.

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Shareholders to Chevron: Bar All Political Contributions

With progressives solidly in charge of Richmond, California’s mayoral office, environmentalists are calling for changes at Chevron Corp., the owner of the city’s massive refinery. They want political contributions stopped, the CEO fired and better environmental practices. To this end, they’ve joined forces with Chevron shareholders to propose sweeping changes at the next annual shareholders meeting. Will the company cave? Who knows, but their demands are certainly being heard, and couldn’t come at a more sensitive time for the oil industry.

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Just the Facts: Sustainable Energy in America

Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s third-annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook is a compendium of accomplishments that points to the fact that the renewable energy sector is finally making strides. At 144 pages in length, it’s more than quadrupled the size and scope of last year’s Factbook.