Historic Day for the Panama Canal (2016)

Panama – Today is the grand inauguration of the expanded Panama Canal. The crossing of the first cargo ship is transmitted live via YouTube. History in the making as the Cosco Shipping Panama passes through the new expanded canal. The Chinese vessel, set sail from the Greek port of Piraeus on June 11 and today crosses …

Hawai’i Hosts International Coral Reef Symposium (2016)

Hawai’i – This week (June 19-14) the International Coral Reef Symposium gathers 2,500+ coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 97 nations to present the latest research (and more!) in coral sustainability. It’s an important meeting and we’re looking forward to hearing friends and colleagues let us know the highlights. Key links 13th International Coral Reef Symposium Facebook …

7th World Congress of the Finno-Ugric Peoples

The 7th World Congress of the Finno-Ugric peoples will take place June 15-17 in the Sibelius Hall in Lahti, Finland. The theme of the event is “The Finno-Ugric Peoples – Towards Sustainable Development.” The Congress unites the Finno-Ugric and Samoyed peoples with the aim of discussing issues dealing with the preservation and reviving of the languages and cultures of these …

World Celebrates its own Environment Day (2016)

June 5 is World Environment Day, the largest, most globally celebrated day for positive environmental action. Curiously, this is a little known, big celebration, engaging millions across the globe through events on the ground in 70+ countries. Every year, participants, young and old, organize clean up campaigns, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, concerts, dance recitals, recycling drives, …

Bad Day for Ecolodges

Photo: Tropic It’s a bad day for ecolodges. Breaking news from the Global Ecotourism Network regarding closures of Ariaú Amazon Tower in Brazil and Huaorani Ecolodge in Ecuador. We will be posting updates and explainers for each. Abandoned should be the theme parks near radioactive sites, not the eco-minded, community-minded lodges in the wilderness. But here we are in 2016 …

Be Safe Out There!!

June 1 (1230pm Las Vegas, 230pm Minneapolis, 330pm NYC). Be safe out there!! And is there an app for that? Don’t not travel — the whole world is not a red zone. In today’s world, be attentive and informed when traveling. Our hangout shared tips on the smart use of your smartphone when visiting unfamiliar places. …

Celebrating Matariki (2016)

Poster: Matariki New Zealand (Aotearoa) – Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Celebrations begin on the day of the first new moon following the rising of the star cluster. In 2016 the Matariki star cluster rose in New Zealand skies on Thursday, …

State of the World’s Plants (2016)

Just Published: State of the World’s Plants Download report (pdf) The report – prepared by Kathy J. Willis and Steve Bachman with contribution from 80 experts from the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London – provides, a first-time ever baseline assessment of our current knowledge on the diversity of plants on earth, the global threats these plants currently face, and …

World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate (2016)

The latest UNESCO report on World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate was published this week, with a startling omission: At the request of the Government of Australia, references to Australian sites were removed from the Report (recent information about the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is available on UNESCO’s website …

Las Vegas’ Civic Disaster – Jay Rosen

Photo Noted journalism outsider’s outsider Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) spoke in Las Vegas Thursday in the Greenspun Hall Auditorium (View in Google Maps) at University of Nevada Las Vegas on the civic disaster called the Review Journal. Yes, it’s a bother to figure out parking at UNLV, but this was one of the tickets of the year for …