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5 Things to Know Today: January 4, 2017

5 Things to Know Today: January 4, 2017

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

Photo via Uprise / Angry Women

Photo via Uprise / Angry Women

In case you missed it, female artists have banded together against negative stereotyping and sexist attitudes towards women, there’s a plant in India that’s turning CO2 into baking soda, and urban farmers are figuring out how to grow weed on Mars.

1. Dazed: 80 Female Artists Get "Angry" to Raise Money for Women's Equality
Slated to open the same week as inauguration day and the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the group show "Uprise/Angry Women" features artists like Rose McGowan, Tracy Brown, and Shawnett George exercising their freedom of speech to comment on the U.S.'s current social and political environment. The exhibition is in partnership with the ERA coalition and a portion of sales of the artworks will benefit their Fund for Women's Equality. 

2. Business Insider: 5 easy ways to boost your credit score in 2017.
Insurance companies and creditors all have different ways to calculate your credit score. That means you might score one way with a mortgage lender, and another with an auto insurer. Regardless of this fact, you can boost all of those scores in 2017 by sticking to a five resolutions, like asking for a credit increase rather than applying for new credit cards.

3. Fast Coexist: Urban farmers are figuring out how to grow weed on Mars because, priorities.
The Mars Farm Odyssey, a group of urban farmers, food entrepreneurs, and bio-hackers are figuring out how to farm on the red planet. Among the many challenges of living on Mars is the difficulty of getting rid of waste in a low-gravity environment, which means everything has to be recycled and reused. Based on that, the citizen-scientist group concluded the preferred intoxicant on Mars is cannabis, as opposed to beer. 

4. Forbes: Sustainable investing is on the rise, and for good reason. 
According to a recent report by The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing, money invested in sustainable and impact assets has grown by 33 percent since 2014 and returns of those investments aren't suffering. Forbes' contributor Todd Millay, an investment advisor himself, says that's because firms that take into account environmental, social, and governance factors tend to have higher quality management and better stock performance. 

5. Grist: There’s a plant in India that’s turning CO2 into baking soda.
An Indian chemical plant claims they will prevent emissions of 60,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year by capturing it and turning it into baking soda—representing an intriguing breakthrough in solving the problem of what to do with the gas once it has been captured. Gas from the factory's coal-powered boiler is doused with a new chemical solution that strips CO2 molecules. The captured CO2 is then mixed with rock salt and ammonia to make baking soda, rather than sending emissions into the air. 

5 Things to Know Today: January 5, 2017

5 Things to Know Today: January 5, 2017

5 Things to Know Today: January 3, 2017

5 Things to Know Today: January 3, 2017