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Going Beyond Hospitality

While an increasing number of travelers are preferring homestays over hotels, it’s not surprising that farms all over the world have emerged as a popular accommodation option. Indeed, a simple Google search reveals a large number of choices for people…
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Wildlife Tourism: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Wildlife tourism has long been an attraction for people. From bullfighting halfway across the world to visiting the local zoo, it has played a predominant role in not only the way we learn as adults, but also in the way…
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Pope Francis Takes a Stand on Climate Change

On June 18, 2015, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church released an encyclical, one of the most formal documents that can be published regarding Catholic doctrine. This particular release, however, was one for the history books as it is…
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Nepal’s Road to Recovery

UK Aid in Nepal On April 25, 2015, Nepal experienced the first of several devastating earthquakes and aftershocks, the strongest of which rated a 7.8 on the Richter scale. While the initial search and rescue efforts have ended, Nepal is…
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‘The Ladies of Managua,’ by Eleni Gage

Three generations of personal secrets float steadily beneath the surface in Eleni Gage’s newest novel, The Ladies of Mangua. Isabela’s husband, Ninexin’s father, and Mariana’s grandfather has passed away, and they’ve all returned to Managua to pay their respects. Still,…
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A Conservation Success: The Return of the Giant Tortoise

The Galapagos Islands sit on the Equator approximately 620 miles off the coast of Ecuador as a series of remote islands created by lava formations, similar in their nature to Hawaii. Boasting an ecosystem uniquely showcasing incredible biodiversity and exotic…
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Is Safari Tourism Encroaching on African Wildlife?

A lion at Lion Park, South Africa Recent close encounters between tourists and wildlife in the African safari have renewed some longstanding questions about the issues between tourism and its’ encroachment on native wildlife and their habitat. Less than a…
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Nepal Rocked by Devastating Quake

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale devastated Nepal. With damages cost estimates looking to exceed 20% of the country’s GDP, the recent earthquake has also left in its wake a death toll…
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Honduras Named Most Dangerous Country for Environmental Activists

Latin America has long been a hotbed for social and environmental activism. Unlike most active protesters here in the States, activists in Central and South America deal with an entirely different level of resistance, which have sometimes resulted in violent…
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U.S. Circuses Announce Retirement of Elephants from Shows

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey recently announced that they plan to phase out the use of elephants in their shows by the year 2018. The announcement comes in the wake of years of pressure from animal rights groups through…
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