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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Your Poop: Now for Money and Science!

Two years ago, it wasn’t your common cure. But today, the nonprofit OpenBiome’s services are in great demand by doctors and hospitals. And its treatments, which have been known to cure one of the most common ailments of today relies on an even more common substance: poop.

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Florida’s Expanding Sinkholes Won’t Deter Fracking

The occasional sinkhole has been called a way of life in Florida. Increasingly, however, sinkholes are becoming an expensive and ever-dangerous risk in the Sunshine State. These dangers may only get worse, with the possibility of hydraulic fracturing setting up business in the state’s sensitive south region.

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“Frozen” Sequel? Let Kids Educate Disney About Climate Change

Disney reportedly won’t play ball with the Obama administration, which has asked for the company to use its blockbuster “Frozen” to educate kids about climate change. But is it the kids, or is it the adults, that need to learn about this threat? And who would be better to pitch this than the very age group that Disney listens to the most?

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H&M CEO: Reducing Consumption Isn’t the Answer

H&M’s CEO, Karl-Johan Persson, has a message for retail customers: If you want to encourage global sustainability, don’t stop buying things. It isn’t consumption that’s the problem, but the way we’re doing it.

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Minnesota Appeals Ruling Against Carbon Offset Provision

The state is appealing a District Court ruling that could limit its ability to control the way power is supplied by Minnesota utility companies. Both the renewable energy sector and coal companies in North Dakota have a lot riding on the outcome.

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14 Outdoor Companies Pledge to Boost Women’s Leadership

Fourteen outdoor industry companies, including REI and Patagonia, joined together to pledge more leadership roles for women. REI backed up its pledge with a $1.5 million grant to the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition, which promotes women participation and leadership in outdoor industries.

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Prison Reforms Offenders While Serving Gourmet Meals

It’s a big thing when a restaurant wins out against 900 other eateries – but it’s virtually unheard of when the city’s prison can make that claim. Cardiff Prison, in Wales, ranked top recently as the city’s best diner.

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Are Nonprofit Hospitals That Sue Poor Patients Breaking the Law?

Healthcare is expensive, not only for patients but apparently for nonprofit hospitals, some of which in past years have taken to suing their poorest patients when they can’t pay their bills. But that’s not the way it is supposed to go, says one senator, who is now demanding answers.

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EU Considers Allergy Warning Labels for Herbal Products

They’re pretty, and they often smell great. But for an increasing number of consumers, herbal soaps and body care products cause allergic reactions. The EU is considering requiring allergy warning labels on products that contain herbal sources, such as camomile, lavender or rose derivatives.

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U.N. Global Compact Expels Hundreds for Non-Compliance

The U.N. Global Compact, the United Nations’ sustainability initiative, won some and lost some at the end of 2014 — literally. While its membership is now up to more than 8,000, it is still having a problem with ensuring that members file the very reports that show whether the UNGC is succeeding in its goals. The expulsions for 2014 amount to just under 8 percent of UNGC’s total membership.

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Yellowstone River Oil Spill Prompts State of Emergency

For the second time in four years, the state of Montana is facing the consequences of an oil spill in the Yellowstone River. Crews discovered the leak on Saturday and by Monday, the governor had declared a state of emergency.

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eBay Foundation’s Plan to Get Indonesian Businesses Online

The eBay Foundation’s recent partnership with website creator Kolabo may spell great potential for small businesses in Indonesia, where websites are still a growing concept. But it’s also helping to change the concept of selling to customers, by permitting small startups to reach bigger markets overseas.

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Stuffed Animal Tours: Compassionate Tourism of the Future?

A nursing supply company in southern Japan has come up with a compassionate way to take its elderly clients on travel tours: by sending their stuffed animals ahead for the photo shoot. Elderly or mobility-challenged individuals who aren’t able to attend the cherry blossom festival can send their elected emissaries on the trip.

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Ecolab’s Minnesota Offices to Go 100 Percent Solar

Add another one to the list: Yesterday Fortune 500 company Ecolab announced that its Minnesota offices will be going completely solar. It’s signed a deal with SunEdison to build the solar gardens needed to offset Ecolab’s energy usage. The deal is all in keeping with Minnesota’s solar energy legislation, which is designed to boost solar energy investment and production by 2020.