A small laboratory equipment company in upstate New York noticed a strange trend sometime in the 1970’s: People were using their polyethylene bottles, originally meant to carry and measure fluids in labs, as water bottles for backpacking. The president of the Nalge Company, the makers of the bottles, went on [...]
Antarctica, the vast ice-land, located on the southern pole, is one of the world’s most remote destinations. Antarctica is only home to majestic wildlife, short-term research scientists, and now some 35,000 annual tourists. Tourists want to see the pristine environment and experience extreme adventure such as skydiving or kayaking. What [...]
In the 1990′s, ecotourism — the environmentally responsible management of tourist areas located in pristine areas — emerged as a hot new trend. Today, it’s a full-fledged industry — and some countries in particular have excelled
Let’s face it: preparing for one’s death can be a real hassle. Between planning the estate, delegating power of attorney, and the old ‘whole vs. term’ life insurance debate, it’s nearly impossible to find time for the things that really matter. Like making sure your cremated remains will be able [...]
Recently, OurAmazingPlanet published a fascinating interview with Firod Ahmez, a full-time tiger-tracker and conservation biologist for Aaranyak, a non-profit organization based in Assam, India. One of his typical work days involves a trip to Kaziranga National Park. This protected area is home to the world’s highest concentration of wild tigers, and other park [...]
Believe it or not, sometimes dirtbag hikers, climbers, and bikers save up enough money or get paid decent wages so that they might afford a little piece of our planet. This is a good thing, not only because everybody deserves to have a little home of their own, but because [...]
This year, Concord Massachusetts became the first U.S. city to completely boot the bottle. After three years of lobbying and educating officials and communities in Concord, Mass., The idea to curtail the harmful effects of disposable plastic water bottles finally became a reality.
It was only a short while ago when words like “Fiscal Cliff”, “Sequestration” and “Deficit-Reduction” were abstract concepts. Now, these words are unavoidable. After months of political banter, Washington’s final step in its “balance-the-budget” efforts is scheduled to take effect. While Congress and President Obama did ultimately come to a decision [...]
As environmental awareness gains priority in both the public and private sectors, few organizations have made as significant an impact as 1% for the Planet. This focused and effective organization introduced a totally original process regarding the financial support for nonprofits and their efforts to raise environmental awareness and action. [...]
Next month, the Geneva-based Convention on Illegal Trading in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will convene in Bangkok for the organization’s annual international powwow. The CITES Conference of the Parties will be held March 3-14; during the event, member states will vote to
Chances are, you strolled into your kitchen today and gulped down a glass of clean water. You had no problems accessing this water, nobody attacked you on the way to your kitchen, and you likely used clean water to bathe yourself at some point during the day. For most industrialized [...]
For more than a century explorers and adventurers from around the globe have attempted to cross the frozen expanse of the Arctic Ocean on foot just to reach the North Pole. Although most fail, some have been successful in that endeavor, spending weeks enduring subzero temperatures, incredibly high winds, whiteout [...]
Something that can only be described as ‘really freaky’ happened last week near a subway construction site in Guangzhou, China’s third
Just because you care about Mother Earth shouldn’t deny you the privilege of cruising around town in a sophisticated ride. If you plan to do some car shopping next year, one of these luxury hybrids may suit your fancy (provided you’ve got a fat wallet).
One of the hot topics in environmental news has been the melting of Greenland. Some use this as a political arena while others, like Professor Marco Tedesco, merely wish for people to understand what’s going on in our world.
If you know anything about Greenland, then you probably know that it isn’t as green as it sounds. Or is it?
Ever wondered what it would be like to have a career in trail conservation? Laura Belleville of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is the Director of Conservation for the long 2,180 miles of winding trails, and she can tell you it’s not the easiest job – but one of the most [...]
Wreck diving! It’s one of the biggest watery thrills you can have if you love the water. It can also kill you. But mostly, the thrills thing.
Back in the 1990s, Bill Clinton was president, alternative music was all the rage, and the Zebra was the mussel du jour of the Great Lakes. In the mussel community, it’s quite gauche to tear apart the native ecosystem one small link at a time over the span of several [...]
As unpleasant as athlete’s foot is to humans, recent studies show the bacterial fungus is having a devastating effect on frog populations in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Australia.