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 11 months ago

The association between cotton and slavery is back in the news. Fresh reports indicate that thousands of citizens in Turkmenistan are forced ​to work in​ cotton fields ​every​ autumn.

Forced labor is still widely practiced throughout the country, with tens of thousands of Turkmen, including many public sector employees, required ​t​o enter the fields during the harvest.

Why is this happening? Apparently, this is a consequence of a corrupt system where government officials lease cotton plots from the state and then force its citizens to pick the cotton. Many of the officials do not even live on the land or ​in the​ region​ where the plantations...


3 years 11 months ago

Safer Internet Day, just observed on February 11th, is an annual day designed to raise awareness and promote events related to internet safety, an issue particularly relevant in these days when of target hacking, threats to personal info security and NSA surveillance. As more people gain access to digital technologies and the digital divide becomes smaller, it’s important to ensure that internet users, especially children and the young, stay safe.

This year’s motto is “Let’s create a better internet together”. And how is that possible? With initiatives such as Surf Smart Badge, created by World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) with help from...


3 years 11 months ago

How to get help when a natural disaster strikes? A new app designed by a team of students from Archmere Academy in Claymont could help. The app is one of the runnersup in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, which has attracted entries from schools all over the U.S.

The Archmere Academy team is ​competing in the Best in Region ​category​, which would earn them a $5,000 grant for the school and virtual coding training from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab development experts.

If they win, they would move up to the national-level competition, where the awards include $15,000...


3 years 11 months ago

February is the month when the U.S. and Canada celebrate and remember important events in th​e​ history of the African diaspora in those countries. This tradition goes back to 1970 and is an important part of the ​yearly ​calendar. The contribution of LGBT African-Americans is also now being remembered.

It’s not only in politics, arts and culture that Black History Month thrives. Some of the events in the calendar can surprise people who focus on those areas. For example, on February 22, African American aviation pioneers will be the focus of an event​ in Washington, D.C. as Southwest Airlines celebrates significant contributions that African Americans have...


3 years 11 months ago

Over the last few years, awareness of the issues related to cocoa production has grown substantially. Cocoa, the raw material for chocolate, is one of the world’s most popular food types—especially for children. In a sad irony, it became clear that some cocoa farms were using child labor in their operations, and on many, small farmers were not getting a fair deal for their product.

In the face of these growing concerns, several major cocoa buyers have made commitments to improve ethics in their supply chain. The results are starting to show up. The Hershey Company has beaten its own 2013 goal of sourcing 10 percent of its cocoa from certified farms. In fact,...


3 years 11 months ago

In 2012, Aveda and EILEEN bought Help Build carbon offsets from NativeEnergy to cover the upfront costs of a 900kW wind turbine at the Shenandoah School Corporation campus in rural Middletown, Indiana. The 900kW turbine at the Shenandoah School Corporation campus in rural Middletown, Indiana will generate energy for the K-12 school to avoid an estimated 13,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over the 10-year life of the offset project. This equals the prevention of the emissions from the burning of 30,000 barrels of crude oil or 1.5 million gallons of gasoline. Additionally, the school gains a hands-on learning facility for students interested in clean energy technology....


3 years 11 months ago

A new documentary film wants to rescue the wonder in science teaching, making clear links to real life, current issues such as climate change, and solutions that provide us with most modern comforts people take for granted.

Called Where the Wonder Went and made by Adventure Capitalists, the film provides insights into the current state of science education, advocating for a return of science as a hands-on discipline. As a source of inspiration, it highlights exceptional local teachers from Santa Barbara’s Monroe Elementary and Dos Pueblos High School, as well as the Bren School Professor, David Tilman.

The film was made by Bryan Latchford in...


3 years 11 months ago

Some new initiatives ​indicate that social networking and crowd-sourcing can be effective tools in the fight to preserve the planet’s species, with the help of science and technology. ​

For example,​ ​a ​consortium known as International Barcode of Life (iBOL) invites citizens around the world to gather samples to help universities, natural history museums and research institutes to create a database of species. With the samples, scientists can identify them by sequencing a section of its DNA, ​known ​as barcoding.

iBOL is hosting its database on HANA, ​technology company ​SAP’s enterprise platform that makes data available in a computer’s memory. The move to HANA...


3 years 11 months ago

A German architect has designed an eye-catching device to capture both sunlight and moonlight. The system is shaped like a giant glass marble held by a robotic steel frame.

André Broessel, of a company called Rawlemon, says the new solar energy harvesting system is 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs. The design has won Rawlemon a nomination in the World Technology Network Award 2013’s shortlist. He’s also produced a version called Betaray which can capture and concentrate sunlight even on cloudy days.

Instead of silicon cells, the sphere is filled with a transparent liquid. One of the...


3 years 11 months ago

GM’s drive towards sustainability got the recognition from the National Biodiesel Board, which has just given the company the Innovation Award for the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel. The awards recognizes individuals, organizations or companies with the best idea, new products, research results, invention or marketing strategy to promote biodiesel and improve its use.

The Cruze Diesel is the cleanest diesel passenger car GM has produced, and it’s the first diesel passenger sedan in the U.S. to support the use of B20 biodiesel blends. These blends use 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent conventional diesel, mitigating emissions...


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