Vikas Vij

Vikas Vij
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In a recent Gallup Poll Social Series survey, Americans have chosen environment as a priority over economic growth by a 50%-to-41% margin. This is a fresh change because ever since the economic downturn of 2008-09, Americans have invariably chosen economic growth over the environment, except for immediately after the BP oil spill in May 2010.

Traditionally, Americans have preferred environmental conservation over economic growth. Nearly every time that Gallup has asked this question over the last three decades, environment has scored over economic priorities. The percentage of Americans, who chose environment over economy, shot up to 71 percent in 1990.

That...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The White House is all set to introduce a web-based application that will show Americans how climate change will impact their own backyards. The goal is to make people see the immediate threat of global warming. The app at climate.data.gov would be a potential tool to allow individuals, business owners and local governments to type in an address – as they do on Google Earth – to see how the projected rise in sea levels might increase the chance that their own house will be flooded in the coming years.

The website will initially serve primarily as a clearinghouse for climate science data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A waterless toilet fuelled by solar power and developed with a grant of $777,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is set to be launched in India during World Water Week. This revolutionary waterless toilet is developed by the University of Colorado Boulder and holds the promise to bring a change in the lives of 2.5 billion people around the world who are deprived of safe and sustainable sanitation.

The toilet employs innovative technology that creates biochar, a highly porous charcoal, by heating human waste to high enough temperatures that sterilize it. Karl Linden, Professor of Environmental Engineering, said that...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Researchers at MIT have successfully tested a simple, tree branch-based water filter that might provide an inexpensive solution for clean drinking water in the developing world. According to the scientists behind the development of this low-tech filter, clean drinking water for everyone might now be only a tree branch away from reality.

Clean drinking water is often a rare luxury in most developing countries around the world. In remote villages, chlorine-based water treatments are too expensive, boiling water requires large amounts of expensive fuel, and UV radiation treatments are too high-tech to reach the rural interiors in many parts of the world. This is where...


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A growing number of companies are now exploring and engaging with ecosystem services issues worldwide. According to a new BSR report, 47 companies around the globe now mention natural capital and ecosystem services in their publicly available materials and policy documents. The figure represents a jump of more than a third in the number of such companies over the previous year.

With this increasing recognition, the business argument for corporate action on biodiversity and ecosystem services continues to gain strength. Many companies employ ecosystem services approaches as a strategic part of maintaining long-term access to key...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The second annual ‘Clean Energy Works for Us’ report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) says that nearly 80,000 green jobs were added to the American economy in 2013 due to clean energy. Virtually every American state benefitted from these new jobs, even as challenges to green economic growth persist, due to market and policy uncertainties.

About 78,600 new green jobs were announced at 260 locations across the country in 2013. Solar energy took the lead by contributing to more than 21,600 of the new jobs, up from 14,000 in 2012. Solar was followed by energy efficiency with 12,500 jobs, up from 9,100 in 2012.

America’s...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Formula 1 is all set to embrace the mantra of sustainability for the first time in the history of the sport. It is gearing up to put in place a new class of regulations that will drive the emphasis away from rewarding brute power, and put a premium on resource efficiency. With the prospective change of regulations, combined with F1’s tireless pursuit of automotive innovation, the sport is expected to become net-positive when it comes to sustainability.

Formula 1 not only moves large numbers of people and equipment around the world to its 19 race venues, but it also has a direct harmful impact on the environment through the CO2...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The World Bank, a leading global financier of biodiversity conservation, has said that biodiversity is critical to ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity for the millions who depend on nature for their livelihoods. It pointed out that the disappearance or decrease in number of animal, plant and marine species causes people, especially the poorest in the world, to suffer.

Animal, plant and marine biodiversity helps keep ecosystems functional. Healthy ecosystems allow people to survive, get enough food to eat, and make a living. 75 percent of the world’s poor live in rural regions and depend on nature for their food and...


3 years 10 months ago

 

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The United Nations theme for this International Women’s Day is “Equality for women is progress for all.” Emerging markets around the world appear to be seizing the lead over developed countries when it comes to women in senior business management positions.

The rapid economic growth in emerging markets in recent years has resulted in greater opportunities for women in business, giving them a clear edge over their counterparts in developed nations. While the global debate on bridging the gender gap in business continues, the widely-held notion that traditional and social hurdles in developing countries limit women’s empowerment...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Facebook is considering the use of high-flying, solar-powered drones to connect parts of the world that are currently without any Internet access. As one of the key supporters of the Internet.org initiative, Facebook is keen to bring Internet access to more than five billion people across the world that are still living without online connectivity.

Facebook could be in talks with Titan Aerospace, the manufacturer of near-orbital, solar-powered drones that can fly for five years without needing to land. Beginning with Africa, Facebook would like to use these drones to achieve its ambition of connecting the planet via the Internet. The company would launch this effort...


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