The silence was palpable. Three humpback whales were swimming 100 metres ahead of us and they’d been under water for four minutes. Behind me I heard the sound of a blowhole – the head of one of the gigantic beasts as it climbed out the water was close enough to touch. 533 more words
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Economic studies show that most current methods of reducing elephant poaching are entirely ineffective. Destroying poached ivory seized by governments just isn’t working. The writer says evidence shows that the best methods of reducing and even eliminating animal poaching is to involve the local communities in the preservation of the spaces and animals, principally by return profits to the community.
I was told that if I was going to get sick anywhere it would be Bolivia. And I was. So much so, that I missed one of the sights I was looking forward to the most on my trip to South America – Salar de Uyuni – the world’s largest salt flat. 551 more words
For those of you who don’t follow college football as obsessively as I do, this past Monday was the championship game. It’s significant because it’s the first year of the playoff system, rather than the old BCS system in which a combination of rankings determined the top two teams to play for the championship. 360 more words