8 Things You Need To Know Today (December 29)

1. Climate change could mean the end for these popular foods.

Crowd favorites like avocados and chocolate could be in trouble thanks to increased temperatures and extreme weather events. (EcoWatch)

2. Watch the amazing way sea salt is harvested.

Chef April Bloomfield tags along with Jacobsen Salt founder Ben Jacobsen in Oregon to discover the process by which salt is extracted from actual seawater. (Eater)

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3. "Healthy" foods may actually differ by individual.

A study in the medical journal Cell discovered that individuals had very different metabolic responses to identical meals and foods, suggesting that some foods deemed healthy for some aren't necessary good for others. (CNN)

4. 100 percent of women surveyed in Paris have experienced sexual harassment on public transit.

The report, published earlier this year by France's High Council for Equality Between Men and Women, has spurred Paris on to greater efforts in education and prevention of street harassment. (Refinery29)

5. The U.S. uses more electricity on Christmas lights than Ethiopia does in a year.

But that 6.63 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity accounts for only 0.2 percent of our annual energy consumption. (Mother Nature Network)

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6. A 53-year-old man is the first person to row solo from California to Australia ...

It took him 209 days to complete the 7,400-nautical-mile journey. (NBC News)

7. ... and a New York City man just rode a Citi Bike from Brooklyn to California.

It took him four-and-a-half month and cost $1,200 in late fees charged for exceeding the maximum 45-minute limit. (NBC New York)

8. Want to know how ethical your favorite clothing brands are?

New website Project JUST is a forum for consumers to research fashion brands' manufacturing policies, and environmental and social impacts, all while aiming to bring transparency to the industry. (Project JUST)

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