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.

Fossil Fuel Companies Prepare to Square Off with Trump Over NAFTA

Mexico’s privatization of its oil and gas sector is big news for U.S. fossil fuel companies. But there may be a wrinkle when it comes to American companies being willing to take the risk of future foreign investment, and it starts with President Trump’s vision of NAFTA.

FDA Delays Nutrition Label Sugar Upgrade, Despite Go-Ahead from Manufacturers

The Trump administration has put a hold on the new nutrition labels that would have made it easier for consumers to tell how much added sugar was in their processed foods. And the Union of Concerned Scientists, which had a role in crafting new dietary guidelines and the new label, has vowed to fight the delay.

China’s Solar Industry: What a Trade Dispute Could Mean for Solar Installers

President Trump is determined to ensure that U.S. businesses aren’t overshadowed by foreign industries. But what happens when a U.S. industry that that has relied for years on international suppliers suddenly finds that its resources are being impacted by U.S. tariffs designed to “boost” a relatively small domestic group of manufacturers? Some say that’s the worrisome future of the U.S. solar industry.

San Francisco and Oakland Sue Fossil Fuel Companies Over Sea Level Rise

San Francisco and Oakland are among the growing number of public entities that are looking ahead and realizing the mounting tab they will have to pay for climate change mitigation. This week they took action on that with two suits that name fossil fuel companies as the responsible parties for infrastructure damage caused by global warming and sea level rise.

Bill and Melinda Gates: The World is on Track to Miss 2030 Sustainability Goals

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has released a report documenting that the world is at risk of missing the 2030 sustainability goals. So they’ve organized a two-day event in New York starting tonight, to harness the world’s attention. It’s all part of a broader plan to ensure that government funding and public awareness support the effort all the way to the finish.

Canada’s NAFTA Upgrade Calls for Improved Worker Rights in U.S. and Mexico

The Trump administration may have high hopes for “modernizing” NAFTA, but so do Canada and Mexico. For Canada it starts with a lofty list of social improvements, including getting rid of US “right-to-work laws” and bringing Mexico’s labor rights in line with its northern neighbors.

Black Girls Code and General Motors Partner for STEM Opportunities in Detroit

San Francisco-based Black Girls Code has announced it will be partnering with General Motors as it moves ahead to build educational opportunities for girls of color in Detroit. Self-driving and electric cars will pave the way for more jobs for women, and both the not-for-profit and GM are getting ready.

How to Conceal with Flair: NRA Hosts First-Ever ‘Fashion Show’

The catwalk sported a new image this August, as the NRA unveiled its first-ever fashion show. The point on this runway, however, wasn’t what you could see on the models, but what you couldn’t. Paris couturiers, meet the American concealed weapon industry.

Gulf Flood Waters — Breeding Grounds For Mosquitoes, Raising Zika Concerns

For decades governments have been using insecticide spray and other chemicals to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. But now scientists have come up with another method, thanks to help from Nature — oh, and about 50 years of plodding through tropical jungles. The answer all along, was in the soil …

Florida Launches Hotline to Combat Price Gouging

The Florida Attorney General’s office has announced it will be going after those companies that “price gouge” in accordance with the state’s stiff law that is meant to protect consumers during disasters like Hurricane Irma. But some companies are already trying to lead the way with innovations and transportation price reductions, reflecting what one airline spokeperson gauged as a “new dynamic for businesses faced with providing pricey but urgent services.