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Link Roundup: Serengeti Wild Dogs, Disrupting The Wedding Industry, Poor Air Quality In The UK & More

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Happy Sunday! I hope you can get outside, even if it’s freezing, just to get some fresh air. My son is with Grandma and I got to bed early last night, so I’m feeling pretty good for someone who got up at 6am with a back ache.

This week was pretty busy as far as work and this blog goes. I uploaded some new craft supplies to Etsy, listed a new Spring-themed ring for sale on this website, and I learned that mind mapping really is the best way to outline blog posts.

With my free time before my son woke up, I looked through my Feedly feeds and found some posts and articles that you all might like to read. So, let’s see what’s going on in the world:

Why did Serengeti’s wild dogs disappear? Study challenges controversial hypothesis

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African wild dogs disappeared from the Serengeti. Why?

In 1991, the African wild dogs that lived in Serengeti National Park disappeared. The original hypothesis of what happened is that the researchers caused this by handling the wild dogs, fitting them with radio collars and taking blood samples. It was thought that all this handling compromised their immune systems, leaving them susceptible to rabies.

A new study challenges that hypothesis, though. Wild dogs to the east of the park that were exposed to the same stresses didn’t face the same fate.

The study’s authors think that it’s more likely that competition with the growing numbers of lions and hyenas caused the disappearance of the African wild dogs.

Why is the wedding industry so hard to disrupt?

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Wedding startups fail more often than not. Why?

There have been surprisingly few wedding startups since the dawn of the internet, and even fewer successful ones. Zola and The Knot are two success stories, but what makes the wedding industry so impervious to outsiders?

The wedding industry is known for being rigid, but it has changed to fit in with our online world. Pinterest, for instance, has said that 40 million people use its service to plan a wedding every year.

The whims of Google and SEO have tanked some startups, and the successful ones like The Knot are probably selling your emails to advertisers to stay afloat.

In my mind, there’s just so many parts to a wedding and people prefer them to be integral and working together. Startups that focus on just one aspect of a wedding probably won’t make much money, but going broad will require more money, a larger team, and a better strategy. It’s just a hard industry to break into.

Poor air quality found at over 2,000 sites across the UK

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Air quality is only getting worse. How do we fix that?

Pollution is getting worse the world over. There are some efforts to clean up around the UK, but there are still 2,000 areas in the UK with alarming numbers in air quality. It’s a health issue, especially since nitrogen dioxide is one of the main culprits. Nitrogen Dioxide irritates the lungs and creates breathing issues.

How to Choose the Right Social Media Platform for Your Business

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Which social media site is best for your business?

My social media plan right now focuses almost entirely on Pinterest. That’s not to say everyone should do the same, though. This infographic will help you choose the right social media website for your needs.

How Financial Gurus Make Money

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Are all financial gurus just scammers?

“Show me $1 and I’ll show you 10 “money gurus” who claim they can turn it into $2.”

Financial gurus are ruining the internet, and they might be ruining your wallet, too. Sure, there are some good ones out there, but most are experts in only one thing: making money off of you.

This article is a lesson to not trust every expert that walks your way, even if they really are experts. Experts don’t always have good morals.

How to Outsmart the Most Common Money Scams

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Scammers are everywhere. How do you keep your money safe?

Speaking of bad morals, you need to learn how to avoid these scams. Anyone can fall prey to a money scam, so it pays to be prepared.

Ship Baby Supplies to Your Vacation Destination

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How do you stock up on baby supplies for your vacation?

Going on vacay with a baby is hard. It’s more like moving than a week away.

A better idea might be use Amazon Prime or some other shipping service to send what you need to your destination. Less to pack, less to worry about!

Stop Recycling Plastic Bottles Without Caps On

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Recycling has a lot of rules to get it right

There are a lot of rules about what plastic you can and can’t recycle. Here’s a new rule: recycle your bottles with the cap on.

“So what’s the right way to recycle a plastic water bottle? First, remove the cap and crunch the bottle up from the base until most of the air is removed. Screw the cap back on, then toss the bottle in the recycling bin!”

People with chronic pain are coping with the help of Pinterest, new study reveals

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Medicine isn’t the only way to deal with chronic pain

Self care and pain management tips on Pinterest are actually helping people with chronic pain! It’s a sad fact that medical intervention often falls short with chronic pain, so spreading different techniques of dealing with it through Pinterest is a great thing to do.

Should Google Treat Fossil Fuel Companies Like It Treats Tobacco & Firearm Companies?

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Should fossil fuel companies be treated like an enemy of the people?

Fossil fuel companies are marketing power houses with a ton of money to throw behind propaganda and advertising. Should Google and social media companies hold them accountable for spreading false information that could lead to climate change denial or otherwise further the harm to the environment? Should fossil fuel companies be blacklisted from buying advertising like firearm companies are?

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5 Places That Could Benefit From Climate Change

The coldest areas in the world could soon be home to our most populated cities

When someone thinks of climate change, they often think only of doom and gloom. Floods. Torrential rains. Droughts. Snow storms. Hail storms. The kind of weather that can kill people or leave them homeless. Tropical diseases spreading to people with no immunity and countries that can’t afford the treatments.

An artificial greenhouse effect can cause broad disruption of economies and fundamentally change the lives of every person on this planet.
It’s only natural to think that there are no benefits to climate change, but when you think of the history of the world, you’ll quickly realize there are benefits. 

After all, we wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for natural climate change. Climate change drove evolution and lead to all the wonderful animals and plants that exist today. From ice ages caused by incredible forests, to the warming period that allowed humans to explore Europe and beyond, if it weren’t for the constant change in weather and overall warmth of the planet, things would be very different today.

Environmental change will have its winners and its losers, as any change does. Not only will it change the physical landscape of the planet, but it will change the landscape of money and power.

With that in mind, let’s explore some locations in the world that will actually benefit from climate change (taking into account factors like inequality, infrastructure,  biodiversity, air quality, and ethnicity). It’s time to ask, “What’s in it for me?”

Kodiak Island Borough, Alaska

Soon, the Northern Lights could be visible to some of our most populated cities

A borough in Alaska, Kodiak Island Borough has a population of around 13,000. It sits near many active volcanoes, and its villages are only accessible by boat or plane.

It’s also one of the safest places from climate change in the USA. It’s the most climate-resilient place in the country.

Kodiak Island is lucky, largely because of its natural environment. It’s abundant and basically pristine because of how few people live there, and the industry there largely isn’t one that destroys the wildlife.

Hofn, Iceland

Hofn, Iceland is experiencing something strange as the impacts of climate change on the region intensify: Instead of rising sea levels, they’re falling.

Arctic glaciers are beginning to melt at faster rates, and the weight is lifting from the earth’s crust. This means the land in northern regions is starting to rise. 

Because of this, Hofn could become a growing city, reversing the effects of people moving from Hofn to Reykjavik.

Rovaniemi, Finland

The official home of Santa Claus, which sits at the edge of the Arctic Circle, stands to see great changes in its temperature and the growing season.

These changes could mean that the capital and commercial center of Lapland, will see a renaissance. Increased forestry and agriculture will make the northernmost province in Finland will be producing more food and renewable resources for the rest of the world.

Nuuk, Greenland

The glaciers could be melted soon, but the waters will be more habitable than ever.

One of the first and most dire challenges a hotter planet will face will be access to enough fresh water. As the temperatures rise, places in the Mediterranean and Africa will become drier than ever. 

Places in the North, however, will probably still have about as much fresh water as ever.

Greenland as a country has so much water, that it will likely be major player by 2100. 

This water will be useful not only to drink, but also to use for hydroelectric power. And that access to water will also increase agricultural prospects for the country.

Egvekinot, Siberia

Another northern city that will produce plenty of food and have access to water is in Siberia. 

Siberia is home to the coldest populated place on earth, but all of these coldest places will soon be the best places to live as climate change ravages the rest of the planet. 

As the temperature rises, so will rainfall, meaning land that was once barren and frozen will soon be useful for growing plants and feeding a growing population.

Not All Doom and Gloom

I’m sure some of you will read this post and think I’m crazy. “No one benefits from climate change!” You’ll cry. And you will ultimately be right: we should do everything we can to stabilize out planet and weather while we can.

But sometimes, it’s nice to look on the bright side of things. The northernmost parts of our planet will soon be melting, revealing land for agriculture and homes.

And who knows, perhaps that melting snow will reveal great archaeological finds.

While we all live in fear of a changing planet, it’s important to remember that there is always hope. even if it requires us to change too.

Five places that will benefits from climate change: from Finland to Siberia