5 Things to Know Today: January 10, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
In case you missed it, oil from the croton tree in Kenya may be able to replace diesel fuel in Africa, Obama argues focusing on clean energy is good for the economy, and if you spend hours binge watching Netflix you are probably hurting the environment.
1. The Guardian: Kenya’s croton tree may be the answer to Africa’s need for cheap energy.
The nuts from the croton tree are a potentially revolutionary source of biofuel according to Eco Fuels Kenya, which is pioneering the use of croton oil as a replacement for diesel. The company hopes to utilize the thousands of croton trees already growing wild to provide oil importer Kenya with homegrown fuel that produces 78 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than diesel.
2. Nerd Wallet: 6 money resolutions you can actually keep.
Rather than making money resolutions that demand constant discipline throughout the year, these six promises are “one and done” and can help you achieve long-lasting financial health.
3. Washington Post: Obama argues that focusing on clean energy isn't a moral choice, it's an economic one.
In an issue of the journal Science publishing later this week, President Obama makes the case that the economic reasons for pursuing renewable energy are "just as clear" as the moral case. The Science article cites the declining cost of renewable energy sources, rising "green collar" job opportunities, and the benefit to businesses of a consistent, global approach to emission reduction, such as what is provided by the Paris international climate agreement.
4. 9to5mac: Greenpeace just named Apple the greenest company in the world.
For the third year in a row, Apple was named the most environmentally friendly tech company in the world, thanks to its commitment to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and transparency on its environmental impact.
5. Mashable: If you spend hours binge watching Netflix, you’re definitely hurting the environment.
On the other hand, in the same report that praised Apple, Greenpeace dinged companies best known for digital streaming services because of the crazy amounts of non-renewable energy they currently use to provide this service. In order for these large companies to offer video streaming to millions, they have to store data on millions of servers and then transmit those shows to our devices, a process that uses a ton of electricity.