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Leslie Lambert

About Leslie Lambert

Leslie is a Marketing Assistant at Atheneum. She is completing a BA in Political Science and Economics at Yale University, USA.

The Paucity Problem: Wastewater Treatment in Mexico

The construction of the world’s largest waste water treatment facility in the state of Hidalgo is not a mirage in the Mexican desert. After three years of preparation, the plant is finally set to quench the region’s needs for sanitary solutions in the face of alarming water shortages. Large investors including the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, participated in the creation of the new plant.1

Mexico is not alone in its struggles for obtaining water resources, indicating that it might very well be a pioneer in the growing necessity to treat wastewater. Continue reading

Potential in the US Food Industry

By the time you were two years old, almost all of the fat cells in your body were formed.[1] Once created, it is the evolutionary goal of these cells to remain filled. Before and soon after you were born, the food industry impacted your predisposition for obesity through the diet of your mother, milk formula solutions, and store-bought baby food. After heightening the weight-loss struggle of the 69% of Americans over age 20 that are overweight, a new segment of the food industry is trying to fix the problem, racking in enormous profits in the process.[2] Continue reading

Your Wallet is Ringing: The Scramble for Mobile Money Technology

Kenya beat U.S. to it. The country where mega corporations like Apple, Google, and Wal-Mart were born was left in the dust by an economy a fraction of its size. The US and other developed countries are now scrambling to take hold of a technology that has been enjoyed by Kenyans for years. The ability to pay with cell phones is an industry that involves two-thirds of Kenya’s adult population and makes up a fourth of the country’s GDP.[1] Continue reading

Hope in a Fanny Pack – Tourism in Greece

The financial crisis that rocked Greece in 2010 left the country with the weakest economy in the European Union. Forty percent of Greek jobs are in the public sector, and the plummet of consumer confidence in the government has led to the exodus of the country’s intellectual capital.[1]This phenomena is compounded with a 64 percent youth unemployment rate, leading university-educated adults to leave Greece at a rate that has come to be called the “brain drain.”[2]

Indeed, scholars are escaping like sand from the grasp of a failing economy. It may seem surprising, then, that economists are looking to the fanny-pack wearing, camera-lugging tourist as the hope for Greece’s better future. Continue reading