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.

Beyond Meat Joins the Burger Bar at TGI Fridays

Beyond Meat’s vegan burgers are now in thousands of grocery stores across the nation, a testament to their success on the grocery isle. In January, they make their debut in a major restaurant chain. What does the brand’s expansion say about the future of the iconic American hamburger? One major meat producer has already decided. This week it increased its investment in the growing success of plant-based technology.

ExxonMobil Fights State Access to Climate Change Research

ExxonMobil is fighting to keep the Massachusetts attorney general’s office from accessing millions of records relating to its 1980s research that allegedly led the company to realize its operations would lead to worsening climate change.

Houston Flood Prevention Plan: High-Priced Golf Courses

A community in the Houston area has a new flood prevention plan in the works. It involves lovingly remaking the city’s defunct golf course into a recreation area with 5 big pits to hold floodwaters during hurricanes and torrential downpours. It’s the latest rethink as to how to keep Houston cities green and safe in the face of worsening climate change.

Trump Disbands Federal Climate Resilience Panel

The last federal body charged with addressing community resilience to climate change received the ax from the Trump administration. In the last two years the panel had succeeded in attracting a private sponsor of scientists and doctors and was on its way to amassing data on ways to implement better resilience in local communities.

Powerful Food Lobby Loses Big Members Over Shifting Consumer Concerns

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, a powerful food lobby, is feeling the pinch of consumer advocacy as some of its biggest members, including Campbell Soup Co., Nestle and Mars head for the door, taking billions of dollars of advertising strength with them.

The Weinstein Company May Get a New CEO, and She’s Got Remake Plans

Sexual abuse allegations and lawsuits against media mogul Harvey Weinstein have plunged the Weinstein Company into an image crisis. The “white knight” acquisition proposal that may have the best chance of salvaging both the company’s assets and its image, say experts is an unlikely bidder: a 62-year-old Latina with a savvy eye for investments that will hasten social change to the country’s biggest economic drivers.

U.S. Tariffs on Canada’s Softwood Lumber Tax Markets at Home

Canada’s softwood lumber may not be its biggest export industry, but it has been an essential import for the U.S. for decades. But things may be changing between the two countries. U.S. tariffs and political differences about how to price a country’s lumber are driving a wedge at the NAFTA negotiation table. And Canadian companies may not be the ones that will suffer the most from those tariffs, says the National Association of Homebuilders.

Copenhagen Architectural Wonder Puts Waste-to-Energy on a Pedestal

The city of Copenhagen, renowned for its sustainability efforts, has a new waste-to-energy project in the making. When it’s done it won’t just have green energy to power its homes, it’ll have its first ski “hill” and other community benefits.

Green Climate Fund Applicants Still Waiting for Crucial Mitigation Funding

The Green Climate Fund, which was supposed to ensure that developing nations would receive the necessary help and funding to adapt to climate change, is facing steep criticism these days. The problem, critics say, is not just that there isn’t enough money to complete the staggering number of climate mitigation projects needed, but that there isn’t enough transparency as to how the money is being allocated.

Facebook Fight Against Fake News: Is It Working?

Facebook is about to unfurl yet another attempt to stop fake news. But can the company really ensure that the artificial intelligence behind the website’s operation can identify and prevent its spread? If the latest attempts are anything to go by, it’s got a lot more work (and expense) to go.

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.

SPECIAL SERIES: Not All Carbon Credits are Created Equal

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.