Climate change and construction spell disaster for the Himalayas

This summer flash floods and landslides in India left people bereaved and displaced. Activists say poor urban planning, driven by tourism and urban growth, is exacerbating the impact of the climate crisis.
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How Clayoquot Sound’s war in the woods transformed Tofino

Almost 30 years after the ‘war in the woods’ stopped most industrial logging in Clayoquot Sound, the area has experienced a massive tourist boom. We visited the region to learn about solutions that emerged from the conflict and what challenges remain
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Toxics

Push to curb plastics use on cruise ships

The deputy ministry of shipping and Cypriot scientists are joining forces to develop greater environmental awareness about plastic pollution from cruise ships.

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Toxics

Scientists worry about environmental effects of space tourism

Scientists worry that growing numbers of rocket flights and the rise of space tourism could harm Earth's atmosphere and contribute to climate change.

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Midnight Train wants travelers to pick a train ride over a flight

Train rides have smaller carbon footprints than flights, but they take more time. A startup is hoping sleeper cabins and quaint bars persuade travelers to choose a longer, and less polluting, journey.
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Climate

Over hill, over dale: Driving an E.V. on Colorado's scenic byways

Will the battery hold out crossing a 10,666-foot pass? Where is the next charging station? Overcoming ‘range anxiety’ on Colorado’s highest mountains.
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Toxics

If Jamaica wants more tourists, do more trees have to go?

On the coast of Jamaica, developers are building a $550 million resort, which they say will create 3,500 jobs. They have also promised to replant the mangroves, seagrass, and coral they will displace – but critics worry it won’t be enough to preserve the local ecosystem.
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Biodiversity

The price they pay for your perfect vacation photo

Scientists are concerned about unregulated feeding of ocean wildlife by tour operators.
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Biodiversity

Hiking a desert park? Here’s how to help preserve the landscape

The Colorado Plateau is breathtaking—but stepping off trail for a killer photo can be deadly for biocrust.
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Climate

Why wildfires are raging early in the West due to drought and climate change

Firefighters in New Mexico, Arizona and California are battling springtime blazes that have been fueled by a severe drought and boosted by climate change.
Toxics

Abandoned plant and wasteland: Ukraine eyes UNESCO World Heritage tag for Chernobyl

Officials say they hope that such an assignation could mean more funding and more tourists for the region.
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Biodiversity

Along Russia’s majestic Lake Baikal, the quest for tourism cash stalks a pristine landscape

The 400-mile-long lake is a UNESCO world heritage site and contains a unique Siberian ecosystem, including fresh-water seals. Its unspoiled wonders, however, is precisely why Russian developers are trying now to move in.
Toxics

Will the pandemic fix Hawaii?

Parts of the state have been overrun by tourists for years. When COVID-19 hit, the islands got a much needed pause. Will it change the future of tourism there for good?

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Climate

Companies join forces to help travelers go greener

After the events of 2020, a growing number of wanderers are instead seeking opportunities that help them be better stewards of the earth.

Biodiversity

The unintended environmental benefit of Cuba's isolation

Cuba harbors a fraction of the invasive plant species ravaging other Caribbean islands. Experts think its isolationism has helped.
From our Newsroom

We’re dumping loads of retardant chemicals to fight wildfires. What does it mean for wildlife?

As western wildfires become bigger and more intense, state and federal fire agencies are using more and more aerial fire retardant, prompting concerns over fish kills, aquatic life, and water quality.

LISTEN: Why is it taking so long for Pennsylvania to regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water?

The chemicals, known as PFAS, are linked to health effects including cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, asthma, and ulcerative colitis.

Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

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