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New Report on Trends and Statistics Finds Interest in Responsible Travel on the Rise

Tourism is the world’s largest industry, and it grows larger every year. In 2012, for the first time in history, international tourist arrivals surpassed one billion. In 2011, international tourism receipts exceeded $1 trillion. Hand in hand with this extraordinary…

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Controversial Decision to Allow Mining in French Guiana’s Only National Park

French mining company Rexma has received permission to mine for gold in an ecologically sensitive area along the Limonade River in French Guiana, three kilometers downstream from the geographically isolated town of Saül.
French Guiana is a French territory in…

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Endangered Rhinos Slaughtered in South Africa to Fuel Asian Demand

More than a dozen rhinos are cruelly slaughtered in South Africa each week in order to fuel an increasing demand from Asia for their highly coveted horn. The South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, recently confirmed…

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South Korea Cancels Plans to Commence “Scientific” Whaling, but Issues Remain

The South Korean government has abandoned plans to begin scientific whaling following domestic and international resistance. Scientific whaling involves the killing of whales for the purpose of research – a practice environmentalists dismiss as a thinly veiled cover for illegal…

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Traveling Ethically to Tibet Amid Protests and Repression

Across Tibet, monks, nuns, students, and others are protesting China’s continuing control of the region – many in a gruesome and tragic way. Ninety-five Tibetans have set themselves ablaze since March 16, 2011 – 33 of them in the last…

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Festival in Exile: Malian Musicians Gather Despite Imposition of Sharia Law

As an ambassador for peace, internationally known Malian artist Oumou Sangaré will lead a stalwart line-up of African musicians in one of two caravans that make up the 2013 Festival au Désert in Exile. An international music event that draws…

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Campaign to Stop the Farming of Endangered Sea Turtles in the Cayman Islands

The world’s last remaining turtle farm has recently come under heavy criticism from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the Sea Turtle Conservatory (STC). As part of a global campaign targeting sea turtle farming practices, the…

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Elephant Exploitation for Tourism: From Zoos to Jungle Treks

The ethics of using animals for the amusement of tourists was again called into question recently following an attack on an animal keeper in Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney, Australia. Lucy Melo was rushed to hospital in a critical condition…

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Progress Made on Eliminating HIV Travel Restrictions

Despite a growing global effort to end discrimination towards individuals with HIV, 45 countries currently enforce travel restrictions against people living with the disease. The United Nations and GCBHealth (formerly the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) are…

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Overcrowding on Everest Raises Concerns

Summiting the world’s highest peak is a feat unto itself, but for many who have paid in the range of 35,000 to 50,000 US dollars, the ascent of Mount Everest can be deadly not only because of the harsh conditions…

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