World’s 10 best ethical travel destinations for 2015

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“Travel has become the world’s largest industry, exceeding a trillion-dollar annual footprint,” notes […] World’s 10 best ethical travel destinations for 2015 is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. Africa Cape Verde Chile Cuba Dominica Ghana Grenada Lithuania Madagascar Malawi Mauritius Palau Samoa South America The Americas Tonga Vanuatu best developing nations to visit ethical travel ethical travel 2015 Ethical Traveler

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Wakkerstroom, South Africa: It’s a Lark

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I’ve not made spectacular progress writing up my trip to Africa earlier this year, so perhaps I should get on that. So instead let’s talk about South Africa’s best kept birding secret (at least outside of the country) Wakkerstroom. The area also had some star finds, including South Africa’s national bird and one of the finest-looking birds in the world, the Blue Crane , and the exceptional Yellow-breasted Pipit. Birding South Africa

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Yellow-billed Kites in South Africa

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It is now treated as its own species, confined to Africa and the tip of Arabia (Black Kites also migrate here from Europe and Asia). Birds kites South Africa Last weekend I finally caved and bought a new laptop to replace the one that swan-dived off my bed last November. My desktop simply can’t cope with the number and size of images that modern digital cameras produce, and this meant that I was finally able to start sorting through my many photos I took on my trip.

People matter: Tanzania evicts thousands of Maasai for hunting safaris

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Africa Green Travel News Tanzania Land Grab Land Investment Rights in Africa Loliondo Michael Straus Olosho Ortello Business Corporation (OBC) President Jakaya Kikwete SENAPA StopMassaiEvictions

33 Circus Lions Rescued In South America Will Fly Home to Africa

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While in captivity, Read More The post 33 Circus Lions Rescued In South America Will Fly Home to Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Review: Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa

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I have to admit, I didn’t think it could when I left for Africa last year. I had a copy of Sasol’s eBirds of Southern Africa on my iPhone (and iPad), but I had bought it to brush up on my African birds in my spare time, like on bus trips or particularly long meetings. I had planned to buy a new copy of the Sasol Birds of Southern Africa when I arrived in Cape Town, to replace my 13 year old copy (which I brought as well).

Making the Right to Clean Water a Reality in East Africa.

Elephant Journal

Susteq, an Unreasonable Institute 2015 startup, believes everyone has a right to clean water. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Equal Rights Green WAYLON: Today Only basic human right clean water East Africa Kenya Susteq unreasonable institute

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Tears on the Smiling Coast: How my Time in Africa Changed Me.

Elephant Journal

Adventure Arts & Culture Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Africa African politics college cultural differences culture Gambia politics smiling coast student study abroad touristIn the May of 2012, my mind was blown, my heart was scarred, and my soul was ignited.

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Biggest Elephant in Africa Killed By German Hunter

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The majestic creature, who was estimated to Read More The post Biggest Elephant in Africa Killed By German Hunter appeared first on Ecorazzi. When will the killing end? A German hunter reportedly paid $60,000 to shoot and kill one of the largest elephants ever seen in Zimbabwe.

Big-game trophies not welcome aboard, says Delta

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airline with direct flights to South Africa, just put up a big roadblock for American hunters hoping to bring home animal trophies. Africa Green Travel News South Africa Xtras Airlines and big-game trophies Delta Airlines and big-game trophies

Cape Sugarbirds in Kirstenbosch

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Earlier this year, Duncan wrote a charming piece about Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa. Birding Cape Sugarbird Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens South AfricaI already buy into the value of such gardens for freshly-arrived birders and know Kirstenbosch to be one of the best. On a damp, cold day in the UK, I took myself back via Duncan’s post and a few old photos.

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Google Invests in Africa’s Largest Wind Farm

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In their continuing push to invest in renewable energy sources, Google is taking part in a major development in Africa: a wind power plant in Kenya that when completed will Read More The post Google Invests in Africa’s Largest Wind Farm appeared first on Ecorazzi.

NatureNet Fellows 2015: Energy Tech from Clams, Rethinking Island Biogeography & More

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2015 NatureNet Fellow Sanaz Vihidinia is developing completely new, highly efficient photovoltaic clean energy technologies and devices based on the light-scattering cells of giant clams, like this one found in the waters near Palau.

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Bontebok Can’t Jump: The Most Dramatic Conservation Success You’ve Never Heard About

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The bontebok occurred only in the Western Cape of southern Africa. If you read through the writings of African explorers and safari hunters from the early 20 th century, you will notice that southern Africa is mentioned rarely if ever. Mammals Africa mammals Traveling Naturalist

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15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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I live in the southeast of Europe, for a while lived in the south of Africa and also have extensively birded western and central India. And I remembered that, back when I was a boy, I wanted to live in eastern Africa. Which leaves only East Africa. Secondly, I lived under a bright sunny sky in Africa for several years, then moved back to murky sky of Europe in December and didn’t see the Sun for the next three months. South Africa (755 / 842).

Is my Rhino Still Alive?

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The annual number of rhino poached in South Africa last year rose to 1,215, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told a media briefing in Pretoria two weeks ago. Let’s slow down at this moment and go back in time… July is the coldest of winter months in the south of Africa. Conservation Africa Mammals poaching South Africa

The Nemesis Cat Defeated!

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I finally broke this nemesis cat in Mkuze in South Africa. Mammals Trips Gallery Leopard Madikwe Mkuze South AfricaIf I were to describe my long time wildlife nemesis, my ultimate dip of dips, I would reach for a nemesis cat, not a nemesis bird. For there is no species that I had more comprehensively failed to see than the Leopard.

Birding on a Busted Foot

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I found out on my second day in Mkuze, a great game reserve in South Africa, earlier this year when on my first dark night, poor visibility, uneven ground and unsteady footing resulted in a twisted ankle and a day in camp keeping weight off it. Birding injury South AfricaI was laid out with a bad back last week, which didn’t really affect my birding as I wasn’t planning any at the time. But what happens when you’re on a trip and you can’t get out?

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New report will help advance health and water conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Last week, TNC joined with USAID and the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) to launch Freshwater Conservation and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Integration Guidelines: A Framework for Implementation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Falakhe’s Story

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Early starts are the rule when monitoring endagered species in Mkuze Game Reserve, in South Africa, but there’s a particular urgency to this morning’s start. Conservation Inspiration African Wild Dogs canids Mkuze predators South AfricaIt’s 3:30 AM when the night’s relative tranquility is shattered by the ancient Landranger’s engine roaring to life.

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“Two photographers recreated famous movie scenes in Dakar & Abijan, in Africa.” (NSFW)

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Two photographers recreated famous movie scenes in Dakar & Abijan, [in] Africa. NSFW) (imgur.com) Famous movie scene in Africa “For the Breakfast at Tiffany’s photo, I really like that the model is wearing a white dress and gloves vs. the black dress and gloves Audrey Hepburn wore in the original.”

Brad Pitt May Star in Angelina Jolie’s Elephant Poaching Film ‘Africa’

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Women Still The Best Weapon Against Poachers in S. Africa

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It’s been two years since The Black Mambas, a group of female guards who protect the Kruger National Park in South Africa from poachers, has been formed and the group Read More The post Women Still The Best Weapon Against Poachers in S. Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Students Create ‘Ranger Drone’ to Protect Rhinos in South Africa

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As poaching rates for rhinos keep growing in South Africa, officials are looking for outside-the-box solutions to save the endangered animals. Read More The post Students Create ‘Ranger Drone’ to Protect Rhinos in South Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi. Surprisingly, one group of students might just have found it. Animals Causes News Science Top News

Sunny Solar Outlook For Middle East and North Africa

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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are expected to bring 3.5GW of solar capacity online by 2015: Saudi Arabia and Turkey lead the way.

The slaughter tourism trade in Serbia

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But by then, all surviving Turtle Doves are already in Africa, and those less fortunate await in deep freezers for their final flight to Italy. Twenty years ago, flocks consisting of a thousand European Turtle Doves were a common sight in Serbia in spring. Ten years ago, those flocks were reduced to a few hundred birds. Nowadays, the flocks are even smaller, merely a few dozen birds. As we speak, in Serbia these birds are still hunted in August and September.

Southern Pied Babblers

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While there as some very attractive members of the family (or families, scientists can’t make up their minds) in Asia, in Africa the babblers tend towards the restrained when it comes to plumage. In Southern Africa this species tends to be found in the drier savannah habitats (but not the driest). Birds babbler Babblers South AfricaA nasty little virus and a failure of my internet at home has left me at another deadline with nothing to show for myself.

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This Fur Seal is 4,000 Miles From Home. Here’s Why.

Nature Conservancy - Science

For answers, I turned to Greg Hofmeyr , seal researcher with the Port Elizabeth Museum in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. These islands are 1,200 miles south of South Africa. And each year, 4-8 fur seals turn up off the Eastern Cape of South Africa, where he works and lives.

Taylor Swift’s Latest Music Video Will Benefit Wildlife in Africa

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The singer is donating funds to conservation efforts in Africa through proceeds from her latest music video, “Wildest Dreams.” ” Swift debuted the video Read More The post Taylor Swift’s Latest Music Video Will Benefit Wildlife in Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi. Superstar and super giver Taylor Swift strikes again.

Saudi Arabian Solar Chosen by South Africa

Green Prophet

A Saudi solar project with gigantic storage could deliver solar at night in South Africa. South Africa’s new renewable energy policy is one of the most professionally discriminating in the world, according to SolarReserve SVP Tom Georgis.

Good News for Elephants: How These Communities Reduced Poaching by 35 Percent

Nature Conservancy - Science

Most wildlife is actually found outside national parks; community and private lands support 60% of Africa’s wildlife. million to 430,000 as of 2015. Photo © 2015 Ami Vitale.

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Whining self-pity…. or…. Pilanesberg leftovers.

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As the main title clearly shows, I shall greatly miss South Africa, but will always be grateful that I was given the opportunity to visit. it was impossible to visit Africa without returning with less than 3 dozen reels. Birding Pilanesberg National Park South AfricaThe airline business is a competitive and cut-throat arena in which to operate. Emphasis is placed on cost and more importantly, the reduction thereof. Helmeted Guineafowl.

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Red-winged Starlings

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One must travel to Africa and Asia to marvel at their diversity, and it is in Africa that you may come across one attractive species, the Red-winged Starling. Cape Town in South Africa is a great place to see this species, as like Common Starlings it is happy to associate with people and I was able to get nice and close to them as they tried to steal chips on the top of Table Mountain. Starlings have a bad rap.

Prespa Lakes National Park, Greece: the largest Dalmatian Pelican colony in the world

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whose occupants have already left for Africa, but a clump of elaborate closed nests of Spanish Sparrows hang underneath it. The other day I was exploring a new area for the first time, birding the national park that I’ve watched only in BBC documentaries, the place famous for the largest Dalmatian Pelican colony in the world – more than 1300 pairs! Have you heard of it? Can you pinpoint it on a map?

Village Weavers

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In many ways the weaver family is for Africa are similar beasts to the pseudowarblers of North America (sometimes called wood-warblers). In the meantime, in order to rectify this I present some images of the Village Weaver, a widespread African species that ranges from Senegal to Ethiopia and down to South Africa. Village Weavers can be told from other black-masked weavers in Southern Africa by the yellow reaching the bill on the forehead. Birds Gallery South Africa Weavers

Squacco Heron

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The stronghold for the Squacco Heron is Africa, but it will often be seen in countries north of the Mediterannean Sea, even wandering as far as the UK on occasion. The Squacco Heron , Ardeola ralloides is an Old World heron, closely related to (and sharing a genus with) the eastern pond-herons. It shares the common characteristic of white flight feathers which fold away on landing to leave a cryptically coloured bird, well suited to its preferred reedy habitat.

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Klipspringers in Madikwe

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Africa has a superabundance of antelopes, and one of the cutest and most unusual is the Klipspringer. My only sighting until this year had been a distant speck on a far off koppie in Kenya, but this pair (they live in pairs) came very close to my safari vehicle in Madikwe in South Africa. Female Klipspringers have horns in East Africa, but not in South Africa.

Pee Power is making energy from urine in Africa

Green Prophet

The “pee power” project was entered by the girls in an annual nationwide competition in Lagos, Maker Faire Africa , and it created enough electrical power to run the generator for six hours from one liter of pee. Photo of pee-power project generator by Maker Faire Africa .

Camera Traps, Reef Restoration & Satellite Imagery: Meet the 2015 Science Impact Project Class

Nature Conservancy - Science

The 2015 class of SIP participants includes scientists from Africa, Oceania, and North and South America tackling conservation problems as diverse as artisanal fisheries management, sustainable agriculture, and tropical deforestation. Anne Trainor (Spatial Scientist, Africa).

Solar Impulse 2 plane will circumnavigate Earth in 2015

Green Prophet

The March 2015 flight will start and finish in Abu Dhabi. Last year, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg became the first pilots to fly across America in a featherweight plane fueled only by the sun.

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