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Time is Running Out for the Maldives, a Country That Might Not Be Around for Much Longer

Time is Running Out for the Maldives, a Country That Might Not Be Around for Much Longer Sep 26th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Timo Newto-Syms, Flickr You may have heard of the Maldives. It's a tropical travel paradise, with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. An island nation in the Indian Ocean, it is composed of 26 atolls that are home to some of the world's best diving. The Maldives is a place that's beautiful, exotic and remote. It's also a place that might not be around for much longer. This week marks...

How Did China Misplace 27000 Rivers?

How Did China Misplace 27000 Rivers? May 3rd, 2013 at 8:00AM: When China set out to conduct its First National Census of Water, government officials expected to get a better understanding of the country's rivers and other aquatic resources. But the results of that census have left some environmentalists wondering what happened to all of China's waterways and if there is a looming water crisis for the world's most populous nation. Prior to conducting the...

Climate Change Set To Take Fliers On A Bumpy Ride

Climate Change Set To Take Fliers On A Bumpy Ride Apr 9th, 2013 at 2:00PM: If you're one of those people who start turning green every time your airplane hits a bit of turbulence, you're in for a rough ride in the coming years. According to a new study, air turbulence is likely to go up by 10-40 percent by 2050, causing more passengers to reach for the airsickness bag. The report published in the Nature Climate Change journal says that clear air turbulence – a...

Climate Change May Fuel Future Travel Options

Climate Change May Fuel Future Travel Options Apr 2nd, 2013 at 5:00PM: Climate change is a topic that many of us think is something that will affect future generations, perhaps hundreds of years from now. But what if we look at it from a different viewpoint? What if we could travel back in time 17 million years to when the Grand Canyon was just forming? Would we have believed that the national monument, now nearly a mile deep in places, would some day be a major...

Yosemite's Largest Glacier Has Stopped Advancing

Yosemite's Largest Glacier Has Stopped Advancing Feb 12th, 2013 at 8:00AM: 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 altogether. That process has now begun to take place in one of America's most iconic landscapes - Yosemite National Park. ...

Photo Of The Day: Snow On A Beach In South Korea

Photo Of The Day: Snow On A Beach In South Korea Jan 29th, 2013 at 6:00PM: A fresh coating of snow can't stop this child from enjoying a day on the beach in Gangneung, South Korea. Flickr user BaboMike describes the very surreal setting in which he captured today's Photo of the Day: Not the usual day at the beach. Fresh snow coupled with a beautiful day [makes for] a very unusual day out. No swimming or bikinis here. This kid was just throwing snow at his...

5 Places To See In 2013 Before They Disappear

5 Places To See In 2013 Before They Disappear Jan 11th, 2013 at 10:00AM: If you've been thinking about where you might want to spend your vacation this year, don't make any plans until you've read this list. There are a lot of places and sights in the world that might not be around very much longer. Climate change, rising sea levels, human destruction and even shoddy artistry are to blame for the deterioration of some of the world's treasures. Want to see them...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day? Apr 21st, 2012 at 8:00AM: Today is Earth Day, an annual event that is meant to remind us of how fragile our planet's natural environment is and the importance of protecting it. All across the globe millions of people are taking part in events designed to celebrate this amazing rock we call home, while simultaneously looking for ways to preserve it for the generations that will follow. At the heart of this year's Earth...

Karakoram Glaciers Defy Trends, Actually Grow In Size

Karakoram Glaciers Defy Trends, Actually Grow In Size Apr 17th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Scientists are once again demonstrating that we actually don't really have a clue about how our planet works. A team of researchers from the University of Grenoble in France has released a new report that indicates that glaciers in the Karakoram mountain range are actually growing in size. This is, of course, counter to what is being observed elsewhere across the planet and defies the theories...

Video of the Day: Earth Hour 2012

Mar 6th, 2012 at 6:00PM: The imagery is powerful: people from around the world, holding hands and candles in the dark, while iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Coliseum shut down their lights in recognition of Earth Hour 2012, one of the world's largest voluntary actions for the environment. The evocative Sigur Rós soundtrack doesn't hurt either. Earth Hour calls upon individual citizens to switch...

Impact of climate change on the Himalaya far less than estimated

Impact of climate change on the Himalaya far less than estimated Feb 12th, 2012 at 9:00AM: A new climate change study, released this past Thursday, has surprised some experts and blown some major holes in the doom and gloom predictions that have been given out in recent years. In fact, the new study, which was published in the scientific journal Nature, found that there has been virtually no ice lost in the Himalaya over the past decade, which runs contrary to reports that many...

Man arrested for stealing glacier in Chile

Man arrested for stealing glacier in Chile Feb 5th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Late last week, law enforcement officials in Chile detained a man for allegedly stealing part of a glacier from inside Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, located in the Patagonia region. It is believed that the thief intended to sell the ice to various clubs in the capital city of Santiago, where it would be put into expensive designer drinks. Police stopped the man, who was driving a large...

Famous Sherpas to hike the length of the Great Himalaya Trail

Famous Sherpas to hike the length of the Great Himalaya Trail Dec 31st, 2011 at 9:00AM: Two famous Nepalese Sherpas are preparing to hike the entire length of the Great Himalaya Trail in an effort to raise awareness of the effects of climate change on the region. The duo will set out on January 15th and hope to encourage economic development along the new trekking route as well. Apa Sherpa and Dawa Steven Sherpa will begin their journey in eastern Nepal in the village of Ghunsa...

Waldorf Astoria Maldives launches coral reef regeneration project

Waldorf Astoria Maldives launches coral reef regeneration project Dec 21st, 2011 at 1:00PM: The Maldives coral reefs comprise the eighth largest reef system in the world. But active tourism and fishing industries, as well as global phenomena like climate change and El Nino, are taking its toll. And because the islands of the Maldives are low-lying, the coral reefs are even more important as a barrier against sea-level rise and storms. To do its part, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives is...

Explorer to make back-to-back journey to North and South Pole

Explorer to make back-to-back journey to North and South Pole Nov 13th, 2011 at 9:00AM: British adventurer Mark Wood is currently in Punta Arenas, Chile where he is preparing to start an epic journey. If all goes as planned, later this week, Mark will fly to the Antarctic, where he'll begin a four-month odyssey that will take him to both the North and South Poles back-toback. While he certainly won't be the first person to visit those two remote places, he does hope to become the...

Scientists install webcam to spy on Mt. Everest

Scientists install webcam to spy on Mt. Everest Oct 8th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Research scientists focused on the impact of climate change on the Himalaya have installed a new webcam to keep an eye on Mt. Everest. The high-definition camera is part of a larger initiative called SHARE, or "Stations at High Altitude for Research on the Environment," which hopes to track the retreating glaciers on the world's tallest peak – something that is already having a profound...

New study finds national parks at risk

New study finds national parks at risk Jun 29th, 2011 at 8:00AM: The National Parks Conservation Association released a comprehensive report yesterday that paints a grim picture for the future of the national parks in the U.S. The report, which is entitled "The State of America's National Parks," examines a number of economic and environmental threats to the parks and is the result of more than a decade of research. The non-profit NPCA also calls on the Obama...

National Geographic announces Emerging Explorers for 2011

National Geographic announces Emerging Explorers for 2011 May 20th, 2011 at 8:00AM: National Geographic has revealed their selections for the 2011 Emerging Explorers program, which spotlights outstanding scientists and adventurers who are doing great things, even at the early stages of their career. The awards, which are given on a yearly basis, include a $10,000 grant to assist the recipients in furthering their work, which can be in any number of diverse fields. There are 14...

Bowermaster's Adventures: Navigating the hordes of jellyfish

Bowermaster's Adventures: Navigating the hordes of jellyfish Oct 5th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Jellyfish -- those gelatinous, stinging, floating-condoms-of-the-sea, the pint-sized boogeyman of the ocean are fast becoming the equivalent of a coal mine's canaries. Appearing this summer en masse along coastlines around the globe, jellyfish are evidence of just how badly we're treating the ocean and with painful results. During the last days of summer jellyfish swarmed the Atlantic coast...

Photos show effects of climate change on Everest

Photos show effects of climate change on Everest Jul 21st, 2010 at 8:30AM: A new series of photos from the Himalaya reveal the undeniable effects of global climate change on the glaciers there. This is especially evident on Mt. Everest, where comparative shots from 1921 show just how much the Rongbuk Glacier has retreated over the past 89 years. Filmmaker and mountaineer David Breashears made the journey to Everest's North Side, where explorer George Mallory once took...

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