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5 Things to Know Today: December 19, 2016

5 Things to Know Today: December 19, 2016

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

Photo via I:CO

Photo via I:CO

Less than week till Christmas! In case you missed some news today, there’s an energy storage startup that’s disrupting a $100-billion-dollar industry, H&M is revolutionizing fast fashion through recycling, and Milwaukee has officially joined the smart city race in America. 

1. Forbes: There’s a new energy startup that’s disrupting a 100-billion-dollar market.
Founded in 2009, Green Charge Networks designs and installs commercial energy storage units that are designed to help avoid using energy from the grid during peak hours when energy is most expensive. This decreases peak power demands and, as a result, reduces cost and helps the planet by decreasing the use of power plants. 

2. Fast Coexist: H&M is trying to counteract fast fashion with revolutionary recycling.
The second largest clothing retailer in the world, H&M has begun heavily investing in fabric recycling advances in the hopes of creating a more closed-loop system where raw materials for its clothes come from fibers that were already used and would otherwise probably end up in landfills.  

3. The Balance: 3 things you need to know about credit card skimming (and how to protect your information).
Credit card skimming is when thieves use a small device during a credit card transaction to steal your information. Know what skimmers look like and check ATMs before using them. Also, know how to report a card skimming loss if you think your information has been compromised. 

4. ReadWrite: Milwaukee has officially joined the group of smart cities across the country.
In 2017, Milwaukee will coordinate with the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium to create a strategy and work plan to make the city tech-savvier and more sustainable. The city also plans to work with private partners on innovations around water and energy technologies. 

5. Time Magazine: 5 ways you can support Aleppo victims. 
Last Tuesday, the U.N. called an emergency meeting to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria. These five charities, like Hand in Hand for Syria and Save the Children, donate resources directly to those affected by the city’s collapse. 

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