Climate change threatens Coachella Valley tourism

A UC Riverside study found rising temperatures associated with climate change threatens to upend tourism in the Coachella Valley, the region's dominant industry.

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In Kenya, lake water rise endangers livelihoods and wildlife

Rising water levels in the lakes along the Great Rift Valley have pushed thousands in Kenya from their homes, endangering people's livelihoods and wildlife in the region.

The pandemic has revealed cracks in the foundation of conservation funding. What should we do instead?

With COVID-19 upending conventional sources of conservation funding, conservationists are rethinking how to fund their work.

Anger mounts over Mauritius oil spill

Islanders have joined together in an effort to contain an estimated 1,000 tons of fuel oil that leaked into the waters surrounding the picturesque nation off Africa’s eastern coast.

Mexico aims for resort's revival

Mexico's Pacific coast resort of Acapulco is putting its hopes on a return of tourists as the number of coronavirus cases drops and the violence that drove travelers away slowly declines.


Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world’s most remote reefs

A study says the species is spreading more rapidly than anything they’ve seen in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a large nature reserve.

We’re flying less. And wild places that count on tourism dollars are starting to take a hit

Between flight shaming and a global pandemic, destinations that depend on travelers to protect ecosystems are finding themselves with fewer resources to do so.

Listening to silence: Why we must protect the world's quiet places

As more people push into once-remote areas, truly quiet spots have become increasingly scarce. Now, a coalition of activists, scientists, and park officials are trying to preserve the last quiet places on the planet.

Coal towns were counting on tourism for new jobs. Then coronavirus hit

Coal towns that were growing jobs based on outdoor recreation are now dealing with the economic effects of the pandemic. But many still see an opportunity.

Irresponsible tourists damage coral reefs in central Vietnam

Shallow corals in Guang Ngai province's Ganh Yen beach are suffering the impacts of irresponsible tourism, prompting greater protection of the marine ecosystem.

A water crisis looms for 270 million people as South Asia’s glaciers shrink

Melting ice is crucial to the thirsty Indus River region. But now the flow is projected to decline, posing risks for agriculture and a growing population.

Interior to push drilling in Florida waters after November election

Former Secretary Ryan Zinke backed away from Florida drilling after howls from state leaders.

With trails opening, is it safe—or ethical—to go hiking this summer?

As national parks and forests begin welcoming visitors, some backcountry resort communities are bracing for increased coronavirus exposure.

How can Greece solve its water crisis?

Demand for water is outstripping supply in Greece and climate change is making it worse. Greece needs to act now to secure its water future.


Coronavirus: Air travel won't return to pre-crisis levels until 2023, IATA chief warns

The head of the trade association for airlines hopes that air travel will resume in Europe by the summer, and strongly opposes mandatory quarantine periods.
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