Clarissa Caldwell

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8 years 5 months ago

A corner of the artificial Treasure Island is sinking into the sea. The island, which was built for the 1939 World's fair, is made entirely of bay mud; due to rising sea levels and climate change, the island is disappearing. The section of Treasure Island that's still above water is mostly asphalt. Some sections are severely contaminated.

However, private developers may turn the wreck into an eco-heaven, by transforming the island into a high density green city. As many as 13,000 residents could live in the new, sustainable...


8 years 5 months ago

The world's most endangered seal, a rare Mediterranean monk seal, has found a hideout on an Aegean island in Greece. Scientists refuse to share the specific location with the public.

The island is the only place where these particular monk seals are able to relax on open beaches. The presence of humans caused the seals to begin hiding out in inaccessible caves, and secrecy is the key to their survival. Fewer than 600 individuals remain (perhaps around 450), and they are one of the most endangered...


8 years 5 months ago

In Europe, skiers can usually access the slopes by train, and rail travel has plenty of advantages. As the the site, SnowCarbon.co.uk suggests about train travel: "it's better for you" and "it's better for the planet". Trains produce 90% of the carbon emissions of air travel. Train travel is also significantly better for the environment than driving, producing less than half the carbon emissions of cars.

In 2007, French Government agency found that the average skiers carbon footprint was made...


8 years 5 months ago

Near the resort, Nihiwatu, on the island of Sumba, Indonesia, the Pasola ritual occurs in February and March. Blood is shed. Thousands of horseman charge one another on a battle field. Injuries are anticipated, and sometimes horses and riders die. Blood is necessary to make the ground fertile for the rice harvests in April and May. In the old days, wounded persons were without a medical clinic. Now, due to the efforts of Nihiwatu, there are five clinics in the area to help with medical problems.

The owners of Nihiwatu...


8 years 5 months ago

Exercise bikes at the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen allow guests to generate electricity. Pedaling for 15 minutes earns exercisers a meal voucher, and creates 10-watt-hours of electricity. iPhones on the handlebars indicate the amount of power being generated.

The scheme, launched last year, is a pilot project. If it works, all 21 Crowne Plaza hotels in the UK will offer exercise bikes. Critics, however, note that the guests aren't really contributing much electricity: one hour of exercise is  enough to power only a single 100 watt bulb for one hour.

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8 years 5 months ago

Extreme freeskier Alison Gannett is on a mission to save our snow. Some of the glaciers she skied on a decade ago are no longer around. Gannett photographs glacier change on her ski trips, and she is a climate change solutions consultant. She travels around the world to talk to schools, governments and companies about how they can reduce their carbon footprint (she chooses sustainable travel options, of course). She was named as one of the 'Green All-Stars' in Outside Magazine this year (next to Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold Schwarzenegger), and Ski Magazine selected her...


8 years 6 months ago

Sustainable travel has taken off over the past decade. Luxury farm spas, staycations, glamping…. What's going to grow this year?

At the first ever European Eco-Tourism conference in Estonia, delegates discussed sustainable travel, and, according to The Green Travel Blog, they touched on some hot topics which could imply future trends.  First off,...


8 years 6 months ago

Geocaching doesn't sound like it has anything to do with sustainable travel when you first hear about it. Instead, it sounds like glorified littering. Geocachers hide gizmos in urban and rural settings (read: the great outdoors). Whether they leave geotreasure, or geojunk, there's something not right about "stuff" being left outside.  Hidden, outside, at that. However, the geocaching community is actually quite environmentally friendly, and they deserve kudos.

Geocaching was born about a decade ago, in one of the...


8 years 6 months ago

Matera, in Southern Italy, has become an eco friendly destination over the last few decades, thanks to the preservation of ancient villages in the historic area. Old Matera, called the Sassi, or City of Stone, was featured in The Passion of Christ (Mel Gibson).  Sassi consists of very old caves and buildings, some of which date back to Roman times, and may even be some of the earliest human settlements in Italy.

The caverns are carved into calcareous rock along a ravine  (...


8 years 6 months ago

Luckily, there are Christmas tree farms, like Yule Tree Farms and Krueger's Christmas Trees, which sustainable travel writer Jennifer Stewart mentioned earlier this month. However, Christmas tree farms ship a high percentage of their trees, and it's better to get a tree off-the-farm, if possible. So, anyone lucky enough to live near a National Forest that allows Christmas tree cutting, would be better off finding a tree in the great wide open. Or, rather, the world would be better off if more people cut their own trees. That way, there's no...


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