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 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.

SPECIAL SERIES: Not All Carbon Credits are Created Equal

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 as … 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.

Business Owners Have the Last Say in Catalonia’s Secession Bid

Voters in Spain’s most economically successful region, Catalonia, want independence and have even gone to the polls to declare their intentions to secede. Many of capital seat Barcelona’s biggest companies have demonstrated their own version of a referendum: they’re leaving town for more stable commercial landscapes.

Excessive Vitamin Supplements Can Cause Cancer, Study Shows

Millions of Americans take vitamin supplements to improve their health. But a new study study suggests that in some cases, too much of a good thing can yield the opposite result. The findings of an ongoing long-term, large study begs the question whether it’s time to ensure there’s more regulation of vitamin and mineral supplement dosages.

Ben & Jerry’s Leads on Migrant Dairy Worker Rights

A new dairy standards council is taking shape in Vermont that will oversee dairy worker rights. And not surprisingly, it’s been launched with the help of Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream company with a conscience.