Antonio Pasolini

Antonio Pasolini
apasolini@gmail.com
Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He edits Energyrefuge.com, a top web destination for news and comment on renewable energy, and contributes articles on emerging technology to Gizmag. He is also a happy herbivore.

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3 years 10 months ago

This week our attention is focused on World Water Day, which takes place on March 22. The 2014 focus is on the water/energy nexus. Water is one of the greatest environmental challenges of this century. Increasing human population, productivity and climate change are putting enormous pressure on water resources, with tragic consequences for hundreds of millions of people.

In many parts of the world, access to clean water is an everyday struggle. One of these places is the​ Trojes Municipality in Honduras, a coffee-farming region with a population of 52,000 people across 270 rural communities. Drinking water in Trojes is sourced from springs, rivers and rain...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Many of us want to help the environment and produce tangible results in the process. But how to do that is a challenge. Tapping into the power of online social networking, myActions provides a neat platform solve that dilemma and to make our intentions into actions.

It’s pretty cool the way they do it. myActions creates communities where members can share their actions with their online friends. That sounds good but, what’s even better is that for every action taken, a donation is made to a cause the user chooses, such as AZA Conservation Endowment Fund and EAZA Fund. The sponsoring comes from myAction’s partnering with a range of...


3 years 10 months ago

Mars, the company behind iconic brands such as Pedigree and Snickers, has adopted a new policy to tackle issues related to palm oil, which the company uses in some of its products. The policy package includes commitment to both industry leading standards and a fully traceable pipeline back to known palm oil processing mills by the end of 2014. Besides palm oil, Mars will also focus on other raw materials that have an impact on forests, such as beef, pulp and paper, and soy.

As part of the policy, Mars has introduced a new sourcing charter that will require all its suppliers to have a fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supply across all their operations by...


3 years 10 months ago

A new solar project is about to take off in Guam, an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean. The partnership between Boeing and NRG Energy will generate 25 megawatts of clean energy that is enough to power 10,000 homes and offset the equivalent of two million barrels of fuel oil and diesel. NRG will chip with its experience and technical savvy in solar technology while Boeing will provide its engineering, procurement and construction expertise to the project.

Energy generated by Guam’s first solar project will be sold to the Guam Power Authority, the island’s sole electric utility, under two 25-year power purchase...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - On April 7 and 8, business leaders will meet in Washington D.C. for the Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets conference. The event will address how cross-sector interests converge to achieve shared value and examine how the practice of International Corporate Volunteerism, global pro bono, is contributing to socio-economic growth in emerging and frontier markets. The event is hosted by PYXERA Global.

One of the highlights of the event is the Public-Private Partnership Forum, which features a series of talk-show style conversations between CEOs, executive vice presidents, senior government leaders, members of Congress, and social...


3 years 10 months ago

The world needs to make a transition to renewable energy as part of a global sustainability project, but until solar, wind and other renewables​ become the norm, there’s one solution that is available​ now: energy efficiency. More energy efficient buildings means less energy and fewer emissions, besides huge savings. However, financing projects is not always easy, since payback is not immediate, ​putting lenders off.

But New York City is looking at this issue in a different light, thanks to two initiatives. New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) and the recently launched New York State green bank are offer​ing ​solutions for clean energy financing in New...


3 years 10 months ago

The extraction of bear bile for “medical" purposes is one of the cruelest forms of animal exploitation. Animals are kept in extreme confinement so that bile can be extracted from their gall bladders and sold for use as traditional Asian “ edicine." The full horror of this type of practice has been graphically illustrated by newspaper articles that tell the story of a mother bear who once killed her cub and then killed herself to avoid the grueling fate that awaited them. Fortunately, an increasing number of Asians are turning against this painful business.

Now, thousands of high-flying students represented by 100 Chinese Students and Scholars Associations (...


3 years 11 months ago

Here’s news to raise a glass to: Bacardi, the iconic spirits company​,​ is celebrating 152 years of business with a shift towards more sustainable business practices.​ ​The company recently announced that it intends to obtain 40 percent of its sugarcane-derived products from certified sustainable practices by 2017, raising it to 100 percent by 2022.

The announcement is part of a new global sustainability campaign the company has launched. Called Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future, the campaign covers more than 150 markets where Bacardi sells its brands, including more than 75 offices and 27 production distilling, manufacturing and bottling facilities....


3 years 11 months ago

These days you don’t need to be on a tropical paradise to enjoy that most iconic of tropical produce​: a coconut. From London to New York, coconuts are everywhere. But are they coming from sustainable, socially responsible sources? In response to the rising popularity of the coconut trade, Fair Trade USA has launched a new global certification program for coconut products. The objective is to ensure small-scale coconut farmers and their employees will get a fair deal.

The program aims to rectify the discrepancy between high sales revenue in North America and low income levels among​ suppliers​. Fair Trade USA says 60...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The issue of climate change was mentioned in President Obama’s State of the Union address as a scientific fact. He also​ emphasized clean energy and transportation as part of the solution pack​ to avoid the worst consequences of climate chaos​. ​Obama ​also stressed the need to protect our air, water, natural resources and habitats.

John Kerry, Secretary of State, emphasized climate change when he addressed college students in Jakarta, Indonesia. He emphasized climate change is the “greatest challenge of our generation” and that we should not let the debate be hijacked by climate change deniers.

However, before...


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