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5 Things to Know Today: January 18, 2017

5 Things to Know Today: January 18, 2017

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

In case you missed it, you can find out the percentage of students your alma mater accepts from the 1 percent, 2016 was officially the hottest year ever (except maybe when t-rexes ruled the world), and Chipotle has once again improved their animal welfare standards. 

1. NY Times: Some colleges have more students from the top 1 percent than the bottom 60 percent. Find out where your school ranks.
While the world’s elite convened in Davos to talk about inequality, The New York Times published a calculator that lets you see where your alma mater ranks for accepting students from the 1 percent. The study that inspired the tool found that though elite colleges have resources to help low-income families pay for college, few students who qualify for that assistance are actually accepted. 

2. Inhabitat: There’s a new glass that can generate electricity. 
Solarwindow created a new glass "veneer" that’s as thin as a business card but can generate electricity. Because the glass is flexible, the company has high hopes for generating clean energy on almost any surface, from buildings to boats. 

3. Washington Post: 2016 was officially the hottest year ever (for the third year in a row). 
According to NASA, temperatures were on average .22 degrees warmer in 2016 than 2015. Since 2001, the planet has seen “16 of the 17 warmest years on record.” 

4. Forbes: Sustainable business has a lot of potential: $12 trillion, to be exact.
This week, the Business and Sustainable Development Commission report estimated that sustainably operated companies will be the foundation of the new economy, and could add at least $12 trillion dollars to the global economy by 2030. The commission argues that investing in sustainable business creates more wealth and innovation around the world. 

5. Triple Pundit: Once again, Chipotle improved its animal welfare standards. 
Chipotle worked with Compassion in World Farming USA and the Humane Society of the U.S. to further its standards for chickens. Among the new standards are rethinking genetically-engineered, fast-growing chickens, improving their living conditions, and more humane slaughter methods. 

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