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Buddha Toilet In France Causes International Fracas

Buddha Toilet In France Causes International Fracas A small hotel in the Burgundy region of eastern France did what legions of Pier 1 and World Market shoppers have done and used the image of Buddha for decorating purposes, devoting one of its individually themed rooms to the spiritual figure. And they found out that the...

Thailand Announces End Of Ivory Trade

Thailand Announces End Of Ivory Trade It's no secret that the demand for ivory in Asia has led to the slaughter of countless elephants in Africa. Whole herds have been decimated over the past decade and many African countries have watched their elephant populations dwindle to historically low levels. But on...

Biking In Guatemala City? One Group Is Proving It's Possible

Biking In Guatemala City? One Group Is Proving It's Possible On a recent Saturday, the streets were filled with bicycles. Bells rang and horns sounded as the cyclists wound their way throughout the city like a moving train of youth and energy. This wasn't in Portland, or Paris, or any of dozens of bicycle-friendly cities...

Scenes From A Surf Competition In San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Scenes From A Surf Competition In San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua I've never thought of surfing as a hyper-competitive sport. For me, it's more of a lifestyle. I'm not a surfer but I've met scores of people over the years that have rearranged their lives to be in proximity to the big breaks. I can understand why surfers might want to...

How You Can Help Save Endangered Destinations

How You Can Help Save Endangered Destinations Earlier this year, I told you about several destinations you should see before they disappear. Climate change, environmental destruction and a number of other issues were all threatening to ruin these travel sites, and in some cases (such as The Maldives) wipe them...

Happy International Pretty Brown Girl Day!

Happy International Pretty Brown Girl Day! Today is International Pretty Brown Girl Day, a movement launched a few years ago that seeks to "address the harmful messages about skin tone and beauty in media" and is "for little girls of all ethnicities to send the message that brown skin is indeed beautiful." ...

Bird's-Eye Snapshots Of Hong Kong's Most Claustrophobic Apartments

Bird's-Eye Snapshots Of Hong Kong's Most Claustrophobic Apartments If you've ever wished you had more space in your home, just wait until you see these startling images of abysmally tiny apartments in Hong Kong. The livings spaces are so small that the bed, TV, kitchen and office are all within arm's reach, and belongings are...

The National Parks Conservation Association Wants Your Photos!

The National Parks Conservation Association Wants Your Photos! The National Parks Conservation Association is looking to send a message to the folks in Washington, D.C., and they'd like our help in doing it. The non-profit organization is dedicated to protecting and preserving America's national parks for future generations, but with...

Yosemite's Largest Glacier Has Stopped Advancing

Yosemite's Largest Glacier Has Stopped Advancing For years we've heard environmental scientists and researchers tell us how climate change is having a profound effect on glaciers across the globe. In many parts of the planet, increased temperatures have caused the giant sheets of ice to dramatically recede or disappear...

New National Park In The Congo Will Protect Lowland Gorillas

New National Park In The Congo Will Protect Lowland Gorillas The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is hailing the creation of a new national park in the Republic of Congo as a major step towards protecting western lowland gorillas. The park, which was officially created on December 28 of last year, is believed to be the home of more...

Video Of The Day: Rockaway Beach, 3 Months After Sandy

"Rockaway Beach, NY, Three Months After Sandy, GH2 &100-300mm" from David Whalen on Vimeo. I wanted to go to Rockaway Beach last week, but I went to Coney Island instead. I was just looking for a nice and cold walk on the beach with my dogs, but I wasn't sure...

5 Super Easy Ways To Travel Sustainably

5 Super Easy Ways To Travel Sustainably The idea of traveling sustainably appeals to a lot of us, and yet most of us still don't do it. It's not that we don't care enough about the environment ... but it's just that once we start thinking about calculating carbon emissions, or buying offsets, the whole...

Rhino Poaching Up 50 Percent In South Africa

Rhino Poaching Up 50 Percent In South Africa The South African government has released statistics on the number of rhinos poached in that country last year, and the news isn't especially good. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a record number of 668 rhinos were killed in South Africa in 2012, representing a...

Celebrity Climbers Summit Kilimanjaro For A Cause

Celebrity Climbers Summit Kilimanjaro For A Cause A group of celebrity climbers topped out on the highest peak in Africa earlier this week in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of clean drinking water in developing nations. The group reached the 19,341-foot summit of Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro on Friday after...

Illegal Ivory Trade Surged To Highest Level Ever In 2011

Illegal Ivory Trade Surged To Highest Level Ever In 2011 A new report from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) indicates that the illegal ivory trade has risen to its highest point in two decades following a sharp upturn in seizure of large shipments of the elephant tusks in recent years. The same...

Pinnacles National Monument Set To Become National Park

Pinnacles National Monument Set To Become National Park California's Pinnacles National Monument is set to be promoted to a national park after a bill to that effect passed through the U.S. Senate on Sunday. That same bill was approved by the House of Representatives in July and now only waits for President Obama's signature to...

California Completes Nation's Largest Marine Reserve

California Completes Nation's Largest Marine Reserve More than 13 years after the California State Legislature passed the Marine Life Protection Act, the wildlife reserves that it was meant to create have now been completed. The final section of these preserves went into effect just before Christmas, officially protecting 16%...

The Stray Dogs Of The Yucatan

The Stray Dogs Of The Yucatan "Dog!" I exclaimed to my husband, who was driving our small rental car along a toll-free road that meanders slowly through the towns of the Yucatan, slowly meandering much like the many stray dogs along these roads. Sometimes the dogs would sleepily walk into the road...

Google To Fund Unmanned Drones To Hunt Poachers In Africa

Google To Fund Unmanned Drones To Hunt Poachers In Africa As part of their new Global Impact Awards, Internet search giant Google has pledged $5 million to the World Wildlife Fund in an effort to help fight illegal poaching in Africa and Asia. The funds will be used to create a sophisticated data network for tracking the movement...

Mes Aynak, One Of The World's Great Archaeological Treasures, Is About To Be Destroyed

Mes Aynak, One Of The World's Great Archaeological Treasures, Is About To Be Destroyed Time is running out to save one of the world's great archeological sites. On Christmas Day, archeologists who have been working to preserve Mes Aynak, a stunning archeological site in Afghanistan with more than 5,000 years of history, will be forced off the site to make way...

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