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5 Things to Know Today: March 16, 2017

5 Things to Know Today: March 16, 2017

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

While you’re watching March Madness, stay in the know about what’s going on in the news with five things to know today.  

1. Fast Company: 100 things humans need to do to reverse global warming.
Paul Hawken’s new book Drawdown outlines 100 achievable strategies to reverse global warming. The world has only so much capacity for emissions of heat-trapping gasses, and we have less than 20 years before we hit that capacity. Hawken outlines two types of solutions that could bring that atmospheric concentration down: technologies adopting practices that avoid emissions, and finding ways to absorb more CO2, like planting trees.  

2. Entrepreneur: 11 lifestyle shifts that help you get rich.
Cut unnecessary expenses, push yourself past your normal boundaries, track your spending, and use visualization techniques to literally see yourself achieve your goals before they come true. Sure, it sounds vague and predictable, but these techniques take focus, determination and courage, all of which give you what you need to hit your goals. 

3. Investopedia: Whole Foods is the first national retailer to take a stand against overfishing. 
Whole Foods will only sell canned tuna that meets sustainability and traceability conditions starting in 2018. This is part of a bid to discourage overfishing and bycatch and will require canned tunas to come from fisheries that only use traditional fishing techniques. The new policy also requires suppliers to track the movement of each tuna from vessel to can to prevent unauthorized or illegally caught fish from ending up at the stores. 

4. Ecowatch: These are the five most innovative cities for climate action. 
Copenhagen set a goal to become the world’s first carbon neutral city by 2025, San Francisco has worked to improve energy efficiency in buildings and their public transportation system includes hybrid busses and zero-emission trains. Vancouver committed to making 100 percent of their energy come from renewable sources by 2050, Stockholm aims to be entirely fossil-fuel free by 2050, and Singapore is making drastic changes to their transportation systems to reduce pollution and traffic. 

5. The Guardian: The private sector benefits of the EPA.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s data plays a crucial role in several private industries, from waste management to auto design to textile dyes. But under new EPA head Scott Pruitt, who's made no secret of wanting to severely slash the agency's staff and budget, business owners are worried that needed data might disappear. That would make innovation harder, not easier, despite the official line from many GOP lawmakers and President Donald Trump that the EPA stifles business growth. 

Friday Good News Roundup: March 17, 2017

Friday Good News Roundup: March 17, 2017

Bless Your Heart, Honey, I AM the Boss

Bless Your Heart, Honey, I AM the Boss