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For Tourists, This Is the Last Straw!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/09/2018, 12:00 AM

Last call! More and more, you're going to have to go without drinking straws. Single-use plastic straws are distinctly unkind to wildlife. Fresh straws choke animals. Then each straw is said to take longer than 200 years to break down, and all the while, it disintegrates into ever-smaller and smaller bits that are eaten by small animals, fish, and even plankton. The plastic bits eventually make it...

To Visit This Island Paradise You Have to Pledge to Protect the Environment

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/04/2018, 8:45 PM

In order to enter the island nation of Palau in the western Pacific Ocean, visitors must now sign a "passport pledge" to protect the environment. The mandatory vow was enacted to counter the negative effects of tourism on the country's 200 islands and their coral reefs, volcanic hills, rich biodiversity, and cultural sites.  The move makes Palau the world's first nation to change immigration law...

Bringing Plastic Bags to Kenya Could Land You in Prison

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/04/2017, 12:00 AM

While some world cities have been dabbling in the reduction of plastic bags by charging customers if they want one or switching to paper, Kenya has just instituted the harshest plastic bag ban in the world. Now, importing plastic bags to Kenya could result in fines of up to $31,000 or even prison time. Plastic bags, which take as long as 1,000 years to break down, make their way into oceans, wher...

How Much Is the Great Barrier Reef Worth?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/27/2017, 4:00 AM

You can't really put a price on the world's great natural marvels—or can you? A report issued by the accounting firm Deloitte Access Economics has assigned an estimated monetary value to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the 1,400-mile (2,300 km) stretch of coral that supports more than 1,700 different marine species and is currently the title holder for World's Largest Living Thing. Alt...

The Discovery of an Octopus in a Miami Beach Car Park Poses a Threat to the City's Tourism

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2017, 12:00 AM

Sea levels are rising in Miami Beach—and that could permanently change life and tourism there....

The World's First Hybrid Plane Is Here

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/09/2016, 6:15 PM

Introducing a new type of airplane: One that works on a hydrogen hybrid system. The new concept will be embraced by easyJet, the cheapie that operates in 27 European cities. But this is no publicity stunt—it's happening precisely because the airline is so stingy. The new aircraft, an adapted Airbus A320 to be called A320neo, will use a hydrogen battery to power part of its journey...

Everglades Airboats To Be Eliminated

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/10/2015, 8:15 AM

For most of the twentieth century, airboats have been a staple of touring the Florida Everglades. New rules, though, are about the silence them once and for all. When the National Park Service acquired additional land for Everglades National Park in the late 1980s, the acquisition included some 110,000 acres where professional airboat pilots operated, many of them for tourists.  It has...

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