Aspiring to be ‘The Disney’ of global e-learning is a bold goal. But bravery also seems to come easy to Lucrezia Bisignani. The 28-year-old trekked on her own through sub-Saharan Africa for months in a journey of self-discovery.Read More
Climate change is extending the range of mangroves. The tropical trees are thriving farther north and south than ever before. Scientists say that's actually helping limit damage during hurricanes.Read More
Creating a work culture that welcomes inclusivity is something that many top corporations seem to have trouble doing. Ethnically diverse companies have been proven to outperform less diverse companies, as per a Mckinsey 2018 report that found that businesses with the most ethnically diverse executive teams were 33 percent more likely to be profitable than their counterparts.
Still, minorities remain sorely underrepresented cross-industries, with blacks making up only 12 percent of the total U.S. workforce.Read More
Angela and Jason Bartels’ children are sensitive to the plant pollens that fill the air around their home in San Antonio. In past years, their symptoms have felt akin to asthma, leaving them coughing and sometimes struggling to breathe, their mother said.
“This year, it’s their eyes,” Bartels, 36, said of her two oldest children, ages 8 and 6. “Their eyes are so puffy, red, and just itchy.”
San Antonio is one of the most challenging cities for spring allergy sufferers, and rising temperatures are making it worse.Read More
In low-income, urban areas, at least a quarter of residents can suffer from asthma, says Louisias — more than double the overall national average. The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine also found in a 2012 study on health disparities that asthma mortality rates are nearly three-fold higher in non-Hispanic blacks than non-Hispanic whites.
“These communities, in addition to having higher prevalence rates of asthma, tend to also have worse outcomes,” Louisias said. “They are more likely to be hospitalized, more likely to go to the ER, more likely to die.”Read More
Chapman thinks warming could push the uppermost range of mangroves into Georgia within a decade. Pointing to evidence that “hurricanes push mangroves northward,” she said recent storms mean individual mangroves may already be taking root even further north on Florida’s coastline.
“We are preparing for that and thinking about how to educate people living in areas where they haven’t been before,” Chapman said. “I think that we need to get used to our ecosystem shifting with climate change. And this often makes us sad, and it makes us uncomfortable.”Read More
Florida legislators regard the trees as storm buffers and coastal habitat, and the Mangrove Preservation and Trimming Act safeguards mangroves and forbids their trimming by anyone lacking arborist certification. More than 500 violations have been issued since the legislation passed in 1995, with some businesses and residents hit with fines of tens of thousands of dollars each. On average, researchers have estimated mangroves protect $13 billion worth of property in the U.S. annually from storm and flood damage.Read More
Walking along a wooden path winding through Nease Beachfront Park in St. Augustine, Danny Lippi pointed to coastal trees sprouting from the shrubbery around him. The exotic species were brought here by warming temperatures — bringing business opportunities for the local arborist.
“All of these are mangroves,” Lippi said, surrounded by the young perennial plants, blooming with hues of green and golden yellows. “You can actually see that line where the upland vegetation just stops.”Read More
It was then that the CEO realized how colossal of a problem cloud costs could be. With the responsibility for infrastructure fractured across individual developers and development teams, it was tough enough to identify where fluctuating spend may come from. Another major issue had to do with predictability: how much would every new customer end up costing? This also proved to be tricky to predetermine because of the variability involved.Read More
With 2020’s United States presidential election looming ahead, all eyes are turned to those who have announced their intention to run, and those expected to join in on the big money race. While deep pockets are an unspoken requirement for the contest, when push comes to shove in the final stretch, other deciding elements come into play. Like receiving the highest number of electoral college votes, for one, and winning the popular vote, for another (but as history shows us, the latter isn’t always a prerequisite in acquiring the position of power).Read More
About four times a year, Clarence White loses customers from his auto repair business in South Wilmington because flooded roads prevent anyone from getting close. Consistent flooding in Southbridge has meant nearly 19 years of learning the best detours or skipping a trip to the grocery store for Diana Dixon.Read More
When Hurricane Irma destroyed the house that Tom Davitt was renting on Jacksonville’s Westside, it also wrecked tens of thousands of dollars worth of his uninsured possessions and forced him to find a new home. “I rolled out of bed because I thought it was my alarm and it was a tornado warning - and I stepped into a foot and a half of water,” the yacht broker said.Read More
We live in a world where automation is swiftly becoming a given. Such a mindset is what Jerry Ting has embraced in his role as CEO and cofounder of 30 Under 30 Evisort; a cloud-based contract management system that uses artificial intelligence to extract legal terms and relevant data. In the span of six seconds, the application can pull out key information from a 30-page contract.
What these systemic failures do is steal away years of life from individuals caught in the crosshairs of a flawed criminal justice practice. Since 1989, 67 people in the state of Florida have been exonerated for wrongful conviction. Among those, 27 individuals were exonerated from death row.Read More
For 30 Under 30 alumni Raza Munir, things have come full circle. The former Goldman Sachs employee founded Climb Credit - a company that offers ROI lending for collegiate students.Read More
“We're humans, and we like people that look like us, right? We feel immediate comfort and connection with people who look like ourselves. And that's where we look at the space in venture funding. We're not seeing a lot of people that look like me,” Anna Hu says.Read More
$9 million is on the line for those competing in America's richest horse race this year in Hallandale Beach. Launched in South Florida in 2017, the Pegasus World Cup attracts throngs of thoroughbred racing fans to assemble for a weekend of booze, bets and one of the biggest purses in the game.Read More
Heart failure is what landed Fort Lauderdale Airport wheelchair attendant Sandra Smith in the hospital three years ago. In an alarming brush with death, she slipped into a seven-day coma. It was in that single week that her overnights and treatments racked up thousands of dollars in hospital bills. Unable to afford her employer's health insurance on her salary, Smith woke up from her coma to find that she had not been covered by a policy at the time.Read More
Floor covering doesn’t exactly scream "hot" investment opportunity. At least at first glance. Perhaps that’s why the $60 billion dollar American industry is virtually unexplored by technology.Read More