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5 Things to Know Today: February 1, 2017

5 Things to Know Today: February 1, 2017

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

Photo via The Guardian

Photo via The Guardian

News to note today: Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercial is going to make you cry (or piss you off), the U.S. wine industry is prioritizing sustainability, and Paris has an unorthodox way of fighting bad smog days. 

1. AV Club: Budweiser’s Super Bowl ad carries a timely message. 
The beer company famous for producing the Super Bowl’s most heartwarming ads took a more thought-provoking approach this year. The commercial follows Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch’s journey from Germany to St. Louis, Missouri in 1857, a time when German immigrants were distrusted by Americans. 

2. The Guardian: [Photo Gallery] Kenya has an e-waste problem, and entrepreneurs are turning them into a resource. 
Both small-scale recyclers and large companies are transforming Nairobi’s waste into opportunity. These photos not only show Nairobi’s e-waste issues but also Kenyans' innovative solutions to recycle and reuse it. 

3. Forbes: The U.S. wine industry is shifting its focus towards sustainability. 
Last week at the 23rd Annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Christian Miller of Full Glass Research presented findings that showed a majority of wine retailers and wholesalers are interested in sustainably produced wines. In vineyards, sustainable practices include approaches to pest management, water conservation, and protecting natural resources.

4. Fast Coexist: Paris is fighting smog by removing the cars that make smog.  
Every city has their own way of dealing with bad smog days—like telling people to stay home, cutting speed limits, or reducing the cost of public transportation for the day. In Paris, the city bans cars that produce the most smog on particularly bad air-quality days. Last summer, they issued an order that any car built before 1997 would not be allowed in Paris between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays. In 2020, this will apply to all cars built before 2010. Last week, Paris banned diesels over 16 years old. They also hold regular “car-free” days and encourage residents to walk whenever possible.

5. Inhabitat: There’s a new solar powered device lets you produce your own water. 
SunGlacier founder Ap Verheggen invented a solar-powered water generator that can produce a small amount of clean H2O every day. The power source basically makes water the way an air conditioning does: the air comes into the device, the water condensates, and water is collected. The hotter the air, the more water produced, which makes this a promising opportunity for people living in desert environments.

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