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Kerala (India) – Nature Reserved

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In a nation as large as India, it can be difficult for one small region to stand out from the crowd and establish itself as a bona-fide tourist destination on its own reputation, but that is just what the beautiful ecology of Kerala has allowed one of the nation’s smallest states to do.

In the past, Kerala was an important hub for the spice trade and it still contributes significantly to India’s national output of spices, tea, pepper and natural rubber, but tourism is rapidly taking over as the most important factor to the local economy.

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Ecology, Nature

Norway’s Fjords – Lighting The Way

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When one thinks of the landscape in Scandinavian country Norway, it is almost certain that the stunning fjords, carved through steep banks of rock along the Norwegian coast, will immediately spring to mind.

Not only are the fjords beautiful structures of natural engineering, however, but they are also some of the most ecologically responsible tourist destinations in Europe, if not the world. Norway has made a significant effort to ensure that people can enjoy the nation’s landscape in a sustainable manner, which has led to the practice of eco-business certification.

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Ecology, Nature

Sarajevo (Green City Guide)

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Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country with huge potential for growth in ecotourism, with the European nation having continued its recovery from the strife of the war torn 1990s in the region.

This new industry has been created around the country’s beautiful capital city, Sarajevo, which is one of few European capitals that remain relatively undiscovered by mass tourism.

Located in a country that still enjoys almost 50% forest coverage, Sarajevo is a hidden jewel for tourists willing to explore such a young nation, whilst Bosnia beyond the walls of its main city is also one of Europe’s undiscovered ecological delights.

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Asia, Ecology

Avant-garden

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The futuristic Gardens by the Bay have become one of Singapore’s major attractions since opening one year ago.

 

It looks like a scene from a science fiction movie. Stroll down Singapore’s Marina Bay and you will see 50-metre-tall trees branch out across blossoming gardens. Two air-conditioned conservatories lurk by the seaside, with glasshouse exteriors akin to giant snail shells. Inside one of them, a 35-metre-high mountain releases the world’s largest indoor waterfall. Welcome to the Gardens by the Bay. Continue Reading…

Ecology, Northern America

Backyard science

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In Canada, a grassroots project is highlighting climate change by focusing on the country’s most treasured cultural possession: skating rinks.

 

Some months ago, a group of environmental students came to notice that Canadian winters had changed. There was less ice, warmer temperatures. What was worse, it affected the skating rinks, which are about as sacred in Canada as football pitches are in Brazil. According to a study by Montreal scientists, there would be fewer days where skating was possible. Some regions, they said, would end up with no rinks at all. Continue Reading…

Ecology

Create an eco-friendly home

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Conceptions and aspirations of the eco home are no longer confined to the domain of the ‘eco warrior’ in a grass-roofed hut. The modern ecological home can look like any other, hiding its clever environmentally friendly or economical features in inconspicuous ways. However, the ultimate eco-friendly home cannot be achieved in one easy step; it requires several significant changes from the way an ordinary house is built and managed. If you’re building a house, a cabin or a second home, here are some tips for building in an eco-friendly way and creating an eco-friendly living facility. Continue Reading…

Ecology, Europe

Bubbling with energy

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With its vast hydropower and geothermal resources, Iceland is drawing envious looks from the rest of Europe. 

 

For locals relaxing in the famous Blue Lagoon spring just outside Reykjavik, sustainable energy comes without compromises. The lagoon’s warm, natural, bacteria-free seawater, sourced from two kilometres underground, is partly why Iceland’s 300,000 residents can afford Europe’s highest energy consumption per capita and still be among the most eco-friendly places on earth. And, if you wondered, the resources are far from running out. Continue Reading…

Ecology, Middle East

Green revolution

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As plans finally get underway to make Sharm el-Sheikh carbon neutral by 2020, the Egyptian ministry of tourism says its country is moving towards a green future. 

 

All has not been well of late in Sharm el-Sheikh; the 35,000-strong city on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula regarded as the jewel in the crown of Egyptian tourism. After a series of shark attacks in late 2010, in which an elderly woman was killed and four snorkelers injured, the uprising against president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 provoked further unrest among its visitors. It did elsewhere in Egypt too, with the number of tourists visiting the country falling by a third that year. Although Egypt has started to reclaim some of its popularity from 2010, when it welcomed 14.5 million visitors, the sector is still in recovery mode. Continue Reading…