7 Things You Need To Know Today (March 6, 2018)
1. What's the most expensive age to be alive?
According to the credit score website ClearScore, the most expensive age for most people is 31. Thirty-one-year-olds are typically in the midst of some mix of getting married, having kids, or saving for a house. And according to the data collected, 31-year-olds have to have $60,000 saved to afford those lifestyle changes. Time to start building up that savings account! (Business Insider)
2. Climate change could significantly reduce food supplies as early as 2050.
Thanks to its geography, California's central valley—a huge producer of staple crops like avocados, nuts, and rice—is particularly at risk for severe drought and extreme storms. According to a new study, up to 40 percent of its 400 crops could be significantly affected by climate change. (NPR)
3. Do this if you want your kids to sleep more soundly.
In a recently published study, researchers tested the melatonin levels in children who were exposed to different amounts of light throughout the day. As it turns out, the biological clocks of children are even more sensitive to light exposure than adults, which means keeping lighting low a few hours before bed is a must. (NYT)
4. Stella McCartney partnered with PETA to incentivize fashion students to design vegan wool.
Harvesting wool can be as harmful to sheep as it is to the environment. Wool producers are paid by volume, so they are forced to work quickly at the cost of sheep's well-being. Plus, wool production is known to create methane by-products and pollute water with chemical runoff. Vegan wool would circumvent mistreatment of animals and make the production process more sustainable and environmentally friendly. (Fast Company)
5. This year's flu epidemic is on the decline—for now.
While this flu season has been one of the most severe in recent years, the CDC reports that the epidemic has peaked. For the second week in a row, the flu outbreak in the United States has eased. However, it will likely still be around for the next six weeks. (NPR)
6. Some car companies are now offering subscription services.
In response to people's increasing desire to have a car only where and when they want it, car companies like Volvo, Porsche, and Cadillac are rolling out subscription services. For $600 a month, you get access to a Volvo, with maintenance, insurance, and up to 15,000 miles a year. It's a way for car companies to compete with services like Uber and Lyft and may result in an overhaul in how we drive. (Fast Company)
7. Your favorite childhood toy is getting an eco-friendly makeover.
Lego just announced a switch from petroleum-based plastic pieces to plant-based bioplastics made of sugarcane. While this new material still isn't 100 percent sustainable, it's definitely a step in the right direction. (mindbodygreen)