Linked Up: Chukudus, Facebook Pneumonia, and North Pole Park

Anna Husarska of the International Rescue Committee extols the “chukudu,” an onomotopoeic wooden scooter that’s helping to liberate women, decrease criminality, and reshape the market in war-ravaged eastern Congo.

Via Kristof, health activist Lance Laifer wishes that some of the 13,074,412 Facebookers devoted to the top five health-related “causes” would focus some of their energy on pneumonia (just 67 members). Coming November 2, “pneumonia 2.0,” the renewed fight against a forgotten disease.

Ocean scholars Scott Borgerson and Caitlyn Antrim propose turning the Arctic into an “international park” for scientific research — and presumably feeding reindeers from frozen benches. Better get moving…the Russians are coming.