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5 Things to Know Today: February 9, 2017

5 Things to Know Today: February 9, 2017

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

Photo by Graviky Labs

Photo by Graviky Labs

In case you missed it, charitable giving gets the Dash button treatment. Also, the mayor of L.A. wants the city to be cooler—literally, 3 degrees cooler—and Kickstarter campaign offers markers with ink made out of air pollution.   

1. Tech Crunch: Someone Hacked an Amazon Dash Button to Donate to the ACLU
This modified Amazon Dash button lets its creator donate $5 to the ACLU with just one click of a button whenever he sees a Trump tweet that rubs him the wrong way. With the acknowledgment that it's a bit tricky, he's made his code available so you too can set up your own sanity-saving rapid response to your political ire, or simply make your philanthropy as easy as your dish detergent delivery.

2. LA Times: Mayor of LA is over the hot weather, and he wants to do something about it. 
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti is working on a plan to help L.A. reduce its average temperature by 3 degrees over the next 20 years. Not only would residents be more comfortable during summer, but the city would also reduce energy use and improve air quality. Working alongside environmental engineering experts at University of Southern California, Garcetti’s plan is to reduce the “urban heat island affect”—the phenomenon that occurs in cities with lots of asphalt streets, car-clogged roads, dark roofs, and a lack of greenery. 

3. Fast Company: Levi's Wants to Change the Planet by Changing the Way You Think About Fashion
Though Levi Strauss & Co has long been a leader in sustainability, head of global product innovation Paul Dillinger thinks true change requires consumers to change their approach to buying clothes. By creating more durable products that are “timeless,” Dillinger and Levi's hopes their customers will keep their jeans longer, and throw out fewer pairs. 

4. Quartz: You can now use ink and markers made out of air pollution.
A new startup called Graviky Labs founded by MIT graduate, Anirudh Sharma, is currently working on a technology that transforms air pollution from Hong Kong and India into a rich blank ink. You can learn more about their prototype, called “Air-Ink,” on Kickstarter. Right now, there are two products: felt-tip markers and bottled silkscreen ink. The startup hopes to use their Kickstarter campaign to scale products, lower prices, and develop a paint product. 

5. Quartz: Shoplifting increases prices for everyone (even the shoplifter). 
Organized retail crime, or ORC for short, has affected 97 percent of retailers surveyed by the National Retail Federation in 2015, and four out of five said the problem is getting worse. For large corporations, stealing small items might not make a difference, but for smaller businesses these thefts can really hurt their bottom line. What thieves don’t realize is that this type of crime almost always ends up affecting the average consumer in the long run, as companies are forced to increase prices to make up for their losses. 

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