5 Things to Know Today: December 8, 2016
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
In case you missed it, Leonardo DiCaprio schooled Donald Trump about the relationship between preserving the environment and creating jobs, Apple just made a huge investment in wind power, and 14 high school girls built Africa’s first private satellite.
Leonardo and the CEO of his foundation, Terry Tamminen, gave a presentation to Trump and members of his team about how investing in sustainable infrastructure could create millions of jobs.
If you lie and say you don’t have money when your kid is begging for a candy at the checkout stand, you might be teaching a confusing lesson. These mistakes may not lead to destitution, but they will shape their saving and spending habits in the future.
Apple just bought stake in projects led by the world’s largest wind power turbine maker, Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology. Though Apple is not building wind power turbines, they will use the power generated to sell clean energy to the Chinese factories manufacturing its products.
Only 17 percent of English-language Wikipedia profiles are about women. Today BBC is hosting a 12-hour edit-a-thon to create biographies about notable women who, until now, have been left out of Wikipedia’s biographies.
Fourteen South African teenagers built a private satellite as part of a high school STEM boot camp. The students designed the satellite to orbit over Earth’s poles and monitor Africa’s shifting weather conditions, sending detailed thermal imaging data back to Earth twice a day to help prevent disaster and improve food security in the country. The satellite was bought by South Africa's Meta Economic Development Organisation (MEDO) and is scheduled to launch in May of next year.
In just 32 years, Bolivia's Lake Poopo dried up completely, Maryland salt marshes are almost fully submerged under water, and Greenland's ice sheet is melting, which can cause sea levels to rise by 20 feet. View the whole video here.