10 Things You Need To Know Today (October 13)

1. Delicious and healthy sandwiches for everyone?! Whole Foods Market invests in Mendocino Farms.

Whole Foods Market has made a minority investment in Mendocino Farms, the popular 11-store healthy sandwich chain, which is primarily based in California. This is good news for sustainable sandwich lovers! (Eater)

2. Americans are dining solo a lot more frequently.

Reservations for parties of one increased by 62 percent in the past two years according to a new OpenTable study. This makes solo diners the fastest growing table party size, with cities like Dallas, Miami, Denver, New York, and Philadelphia taking the cake. (NY Daily News)

3. Nursing homes are considered the "next frontier" for antibiotic resistance.

The CDC reports that 70 percent of nursing home residents receive at least one course of antibiotics ever year — and as many as 75 percent of those are wrongly prescribed. Health officials are now proposing new requirements to curb the problem. (WSJ)

4. "Birth centers" are on the rise nationally.

There are 313 birthing centers in the U.S., and 113 of them opened in the past five years, which marks a 57 percent increase. Birth centers are run by midwives and advertise a peaceful environment (think: having contractions in a tub, with more personal attention). (CNN)

5. Teens are spending their money differently today.

Piper Jaffray released a semiannual report on teen spending and found that Nike is the top clothing brand among teens across all income levels. Activewear makes up 28 percent of teens' apparel purchases and brands like Aeropostale, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Hollister are losing popularity. (Business Insider)

6. India joins other major emitters like the U.S. and EU in setting targets to reduce carbon pollution.

India just announced its national plan to address climate change. As of now, countries responsible for more than 90 percent of carbon emissions have shared plans with the international community. New research estimates that the current pledges will reduce the planet's warming to 2.7 degrees Celsius. That would be the greatest carbon pollution reduction in history. (HuffPo)

7. New report says ecotourism may drive environmental change, upsetting nature's fragile balance.

This study from a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology suggests that when "animals interact in benign ways with humans, they may let down their guard" making them more susceptible to attacks from predators in nature. (Washington Times)

8. More than half of American moms would be homemakers if they could.

A new Gallup poll shows that 56 percent of American women with children under the age of 18 would prefer to stay at home over going to work. (TIME)

9. Most of the plastic waste in the ocean comes from just a few countries.

Millions of tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year, causing increasing environmental and economic damage (not to mention a watery eyesore). According to research published this year, up to 60 percent of that waste comes from five countries: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. (Fast Co. Exist)

10. Under Armour signed a 10-year deal worth more than $100 million to become the University of Wisconsin’s official athletic outfitter.

Under the terms of the deal, Under Armour will provide the Badgers with $96 million in cash and apparel, the university said in a statement Friday on its athletics website. The company will also guarantee $4.5 million in licensing royalties. Wisconsin’s current contract with Adidas AG expires June 1. (BoF)

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