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.

WRI Announces $2 Billion Commitment to Restoring Degraded Forests

Latin America and the Caribbean are due for an ecological makeover. The World Resources Institute (WRI) says it already has the funding committed to restore some 131 million degraded lands across the region. The project has 16 investors so far. Another 19 investors are already hard and work funding the restoration of more than 24 million acres.

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Cool Effect Carbon Projects Capture the Imagination, While Improving Lives

If you were to pick your favorite way to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, what would it be? Would it be helping an endangered species survive in Madagascar’s rainforest? Or perhaps funding the creation of new and safer cookstoves that support small business development? Or a biogas project in a rural community that helps convert solids to power and methane to low-carbon energy?

Tipping Point Brings Corporate R&D to Social Ills

Nonprofit Tipping Point Community, which works to combat poverty and homelessness in the Bay Area, has realized that solutions to intractable problems like education reform, housing and support for reducing homelessness don’t just depend on public funding. They emerge from innovative research and collective dialogue with all stakeholders. We chat with Founder and CEO Daniel Lurie and Tipping Point’s T Lab Director, Stephanie Lewis about their innovative and effective approach.

Milan’s Lush Vertical Forests Scale Up Like Skyscrapers

How do you “green” a city that doesn’t have adequate room for parks and greenspaces? If you are Stefano Boeri, Milan’s innovative thinker, you plant upwards. His Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) has become a model for how to cut CO2 and add oxygen to densely packed cities.

Beyond Insurance Payouts: Tallying Up the Cost of Hurricanes

The impact of yearly hurricane seasons can no longer be measured solely in how much private insurers have to pay out of pocket to rebuild homes. Harvey, Irma and Maria are teaching us valuable lessons about what’s really at stake when the climate deals a blow.

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Cool Effect’s Smart Vision of How to Improve the Planet – One Carbon Credit at a Time

  Today, the expressions “carbon credit” and “carbon offset” are almost household expressions. But do most of us know what they are? We often (mistakenly) think of carbon credits as relating only to companies, and big companies at that, that are compelled either by government regulations or consumer pressure to cut their carbon emissions. Yet … Continued

Plastic Munching Moths May Be the Next Step in Pollution Mitigation

Scientists have been trying to find a way to break down polyethylene, one of the world’s most durable plastics — to little avail. But thanks to a beekeeper/scientist with an insatiable curiosity and her freedom-loving caterpillars, she may just have stumbled on an answer as to how to degrade plastic in our landfills and ocean gyres.

New Plant-Based Milk Ups the Ante for Declining Dairy Industry Profits

Move over, Bessie. A new vegan milk made from pea protein is the latest product to nudge its way into revenues that once were reserved for the dairy industry. Ripple Foods aims to make big waves and likely will. Its two experienced founders have discovered a way to make a milk that has the same amount of protein as dairy milk, but none of the carbon emissions associated with the dairy industry.

Fairphone Takes the Prize in Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics

What’s in YOUR electronics? Greenpeace wants you to know which companies are really keeping up with their green technology promises. Just out in time for Christmas and Hanukkah, the Guide to Greener Electronics serves up the latest assessments of tech companies that have promised a greener path to addressing climate change.

Visa Invests $20 Million in Microloan Program for Women Entrepreneurs

Visa announced the launch of its new foundation this week and with it, a contribution of $20 million to World Women’s Banking. Its aim is to develop new products and services for women entrepreneurs in underserved communities. But not everyone feels microloans with large repayment percentages by for-profit companies are helping struggling business owners. Can Visa break that cycle?

Transgender Scientist Sees Gender Discrimination from Both Sides

Dr. Vivienne Ming, an accomplished neuroscientist has seen gender discrimination in a way that few of us can claim and now she’s using that unique insight to change opportunities for young students. But it may be her own experiences as a transgender woman that will best illumine the challenges we face in addressing gender discrimination.