Lake Como, Italy (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Why it matters: Considering all the Enjoy the View photos we include in WYWW that feature #LakeLife, it seems like this article might be a popular read. It offers a scientific look at how the ecosystems around lakes all over the world are changing and how some lakes might look very different in the not-so-distant future.
Why it matters: Speaking of lakes ... When they aren't busy trying to protect its shores from wildfires, "Keep Tahoe Blue" is a year-round motto for lovers of the lake the straddles the California-Nevada border. This is a cool story about people who dive into that effort by plunging to the bottom of the lake to clean up garbage.
AJ reached out for help:Stories and videos from Adventure Journal are usually pretty popular with WYWWers, so I thought I'd share this message from the team at AJ. Maybe you can do something to help this publication not just stay afloat, but grow stronger.
Why it matters: Swatch is going back to its roots and relaunching many of the simple, yet groovy, watch styles that made the brand famous back in the 1980s. This story took me right back to junior high, when everyone wanted to have a Swatch ... even people like me who never wore watches!
Why it matters:Last year, Google announced it would run its operations at offices and data centers using energy from clean sources by 2030, an ambitious goal for both the company and the movement towards decarbonization. This article details some of the initiatives Google is implementing to meet this goal.
Why it matters: Take some old oil rigs and renovate them with 800 hotel rooms, 11 restaurants, water slides, a wave pool, roller coasters, ziplines, bungee-jumping, go-karts, submersibles and even a Ferris wheel. When I first saw this video, I thought it was some kind of joke. Nope. Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund has made "THE RIG" a reality.
Why it matters: Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a giant sea scorpion that date back about 435 million years ago. The eurypterid, found in China, measured 1 meter in length and had long barbed limbs.
Why it matters: Beer and blue cheese were dietary staples for people who lived in Europe during the Iron Age. Researchers examined preserved fecal matter dating back 2,700 years from Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut salt mines in Austria and found evidence of two species of fungi often used to ferment cheese and beer.
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund has been everywhere lately. When it wasn't busy turning oil rigs into a resort and making videos that feel like a trailer to a Michael Bay movie, the fund was hard at work buying the Newcastle United Football Club in England. I guess that's one way to diversify your portfolio.
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