5 Things to Know Today: January 23, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
In case you missed it, the USDA is imposing stricter animal welfare rules for organic farms, Britain is proposing a new speed limit during rush hour to reduce smog emissions, and the secret to a sound financial future might just be to pay yourself first.
1. Triple Pundit: The USDA is imposing stricter animal welfare rules for organic farms.
Most people believe that if meat has an organic label, it means the livestock had a higher standard of living compared to conventionally raised animals. But that hasn’t always been so. A new rule passed this week by the USDA will guarantee livestock has enough room to lie down, turn around, stand, and extend their limbs, and chickens will receive at least 120 days of grazing each year. The new regulations also require that chickens be allowed to move freely and stretch their wings in their cages, and farmers are prohibited from removing their beaks.
2. Forbes: Nine things you can do about climate change.
Environmental reporter Jeff McMahon lists nine surprising choices individuals can make to have a big impact on their carbon footprint. From the political power of walking over driving to the environmental benefit of buying local, McMahon's suggestions are smart, doable, and counterintuitive, like his reasoning for prioritizing reducing and reusing before recycling.
3. The Guardian: Britain might impose a new speed limit to reduce smog.
Britain's highways department is not here to make friends, at least not with a proposal to implement a 60 mph speed limit on the M1 highway in Sheffield. The English city has notoriously filthy air, but the country's transportation department gave the green light to a highway expansion around Sheffield anyway, which is anticipated to add thousands more cars to the road in that area. If approved, the new speed limit, suggested in order to mitigate all those additional emissions, will be enforced between 7am and 7pm seven days a week between Sheffield's most heavily trafficked highway exits. The proposal follows a study done in Nice last December, which found that smoother driving could ease air pollution.
4. Inhabitat: A new hummingbird-like wind turbine is revolutionizing clean energy production.
A new turbine from Tunisia is using biomimicry to make wind energy more efficient. Based on the mechanism that allows a hummingbird to hover in air, Tyer Wind's turbine has two vertical axis wings that sweep a 12-foot area in a figure eight pattern, converting kinetic wind energy into emissions-free electricity.
5. CNN Money: The secret to saving your financial future? Pay yourself first.
Nearly one-third of Americans have no retirement savings. In fact, 60 percent of Baby Boomers are more afraid of running out of savings during retirement than of dying. So, how do Millennials and Gen-Xers prevent this from being their financial future? Pay yourself first. That means, before you pay your bills or splurge, put a portion of each paycheck into a savings account.