7 Things You Need To Know Today (May 3)

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1. Beachfront property may be a thing of the past pretty soon.

Two feet of sea-level rise are expected to hit South Florida by 2060, and it's throwing the local real estate market in a tailspin. "Everybody I know that is a small owner of real estate is in the process of selling their properties and moving to the mainland," says Jesse Keenan, a lawyer who teaches climate change adaptation at Harvard. Plus, there are questions surrounding how race and socioeconomic class influences who goes to higher ground. (Scientific American)

2. Wasting time is good for you.

In an age of unprecedented productivity, one writer makes the case for wasting time. "Wasting time is about recharging your battery and decluttering," says one authority, who adds that it can ultimately make you better at your job and be fulfilling in and of itself. So go on and Netflix binge! (Quartz)

3. Actress Antoinette Robertson speaks out about industry beauty ideals and race.

Dear White People talks about her experience with makeup and hair earlier in her career and how she was often made up to hide her natural curls and hair and her skin tone was completely changed. Today, she would take a different approach and speak up in a similar situation. (Glamour)

4. Guinness is going vegan.

We know what you're thinking: Beer is already vegan, right? Actually, the popular Irish beer company Guinness makes its beer with—wait for it—fish bladders. Yes, really. Fish bladders are actually a great way to filter the beer. As of now, Guinness has stopped using fish bladders in its keg beer, and it will move on to bottles and cans by the end of the year. (Treehugger)

5. This woman is making it easier to travel without feeling guilty about the environment.

Airline travel generates a lot of carbon dioxide—but one woman wants to change that. She's working with JetBlue to use biofuel for the planes, a win for the airlines and the earth. (Grist)

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6. Wild foraging is helping people connect with nature and supplement their medicine cabinets.

Historically reserved for the hippie-dippy herbalist crowd, foraging is having a modern resurgence reaching a larger population, and for good reason. Foraged plants typically have more potent health benefits than their farmed counterparts, and introducing edible foraged plants into your diet increases the diversity of plants you're eating by 20 to 30 species. More than anything, though, students enjoyed connecting with nature and learning about the folklore and mystery of plants. (The Guardian)

7. The Sydney Fitness Show, world stage for bodybuilders and protein supplements, is getting on the wellness wagon.

Traditionally associated with muscle men and the chemical-laden powders and pills they consume to bulk up by any means necessary, the Fitness Show is embracing more natural alternatives to turning your body into a well-oiled machine—at least where the gift bags are concerned. Guests left the event with goodie bags full of powdered cranberry and collagen supplements, Kapai Puku seed protein, and sachets of plant protein in Himalayan salted caramel flavor. Not too shabby, Sydney. (The Guardian)


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