My dog, Tucker, is under the misperception he’s a human. In general he’s pretty well behaved—that is until you put him in a bedroom or crate when you have friends over, then he’s going to bark his face off because clearly you’ve accidentally excluded him from the party. It’s a feature combo that’s made me hesitant to board him at a traditional kennel, so I relied on a rotating list of friends to watch him when I travel… until I discovered DogVacay. The app recently merged with a similar app Rover , and allows you to essentially book an Airbnb-like experience for your pup when you’re away.
Mezrich: ...This is the cool is the cool part of the story. Yeah, the tundra has a permafrost that’s like a ticking time bomb that if it went off would be worse than if we burned all the forests on Earth three times, and this permafrost is always getting close to melting ( Editor’s Note: Mezrich is talking about the potential for a catastrophic methane release from melting Arctic permafrost ) . These scientists, the Zimoffs, have been running this experiment since the 80s where they rope off a part of the tundra and repopulate it with Pleistocene type herbivores. They’ve put bison in, reindeer reindeer, horses, a WWII-era tank that they drive to mimic a mammoth, knocking down trees. And they’ve discovered they can lower the temperature by as much as fifteen degrees, which is an incredible thought (Editor’s Note: This is a speculative idea that Mezrich describes in more detail in the book, in which Pleistocene herbivores might help transition forests and shrub lands into grasslands, which absorb less heat.) The idea is to repopulate the area with mammoths. Church’s goal is 80,000 mammoths, and [he hopes that] you could lower the temperature of the permafrost for generations.