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.

ExxonMobil Plans to Sue Climate-Impacted Communities

ExxonMobil has petitioned a Texas county court for the ability to challenge 16 city, county and state officials about their involvement in an effort to coordinate lawsuits against the oil and gas giant. Meanwhile, New York City has jumped on board with a suit against Big Oil, the latest effort to attribute responsibility for climate change impacts.

World Leaders Ban Arctic Fishing in Favor of More Environmental Research

The recent agreement by countries to place the Arctic Ocean off-limits to commercial fishing is being touted as a major environmental accomplishment. It puts environmental research ahead commercial fishing development in an area that has for thousands of years been simply inaccessible due to polar ice. But it also gives some countries more time to hone their Arctic expertise, which could lead to increased fishing down the line.

New Supply Chain Map Targets Chinese Suppliers of Big Apparel

China’s manufacturing sector reaches markets all across the world. Not surprisingly, it is critical source for supplies that U.S. consumers buy from. The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs have set out to map that relationship. With a bit of sunlight, environmental initiatives get a lot easier. Gap, Puma, Espirit, New Balance, Inditex and Target have agreed to have their sourcing featured.

5 Key Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies in 2017

What is the best way to combat the effects of climate change? Researchers discovered this year that there is no one answer. Improving biodiversity, building smart housing and multipurpose green spaces and making conservation education fun are among the big takeaways for 2017.

The 3 Disruptors Reshaping the Food Industry

Pea protein isolates and recombinant proteins were once unheard of. Now they are part of a booming industry. Food disruptors are vying for a lucrative part of the vegan food, while restaurants are standing by.

Santa Cruz County and City Join Efforts to Sue Oil and Gas Companies

Two public entities have joined the effort to sue Big Oil. The city and county of Santa Cruz, Calif. filed their suits last week and have upped the ante when it comes to supporting research that claim high-carbon emitters have a responsibility for climate change.

Biomimicry’s Best Answers for 2018

Biomimicry is today’s go-to answer for tough engineering problems. We tip our hat to Mother Nature for new ways to treat surgical wounds, the versatility of the honey comb and a new friend who may help us reduce the number of plastic bags in landfills and ocean gyres.

Trump Administration Says Employers Can Decide Who Gets Workers’ Tips

The Trump administration says a rule it wants to implement would allow the tips that servers and other tipped employees earn to be pooled among fairly among employees. Critics however, call the proposal tip stealing, largely because it doesn’t actually prevent employers from simply pocketing the tips.

Coal Divestment isn’t Enough, Says CarbonTracker

Staying below the 2-degree C. threshold won’t be possible as long as coal has a role in energy production, says the nonprofit CarbonTracker. Its latest report examines the European Union, which has been in the past a leader of energy reform. Simply regulating coal energy production to encourage divestment in the EU won’t force the shift as long opportunistic investors can buy up distressed coal operations and don’t have an imperative to join the switch to clean energy.

Addressing the Cost of Home Heating for Working Families

Nearly a fifth of American wage earners face a real struggle paying their home heating bills. Fortunately, there are programs in place in every state to help. But are they enough? Researchers say low-income heating energy assistance is vital, but it’s only part of the answer: more needs to be done to ensure the country’s working families have access to energy efficient homes and services, too.

Climate Inaction is Fiscally Irresponsible, Says GAO

“The Government Accountability Office — if you will, the chief bean counter — is basically telling us that this is costing us a lot of money,” Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington told the New York Times. “We need to understand that as stewards of the taxpayer that climate is a fiscal issue.”