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Gardening 101: Blueberries

Blueberry, <i>Vaccinium spp.:</i> “Ornamental Superfood”<p>Blueberries were the first fruit I grew in my first Brooklyn garden on a tiny 50th-floor terrace in …

WH reviewing proposal that would roll back protections for threatened species

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The White House is reviewing a proposal that environmentalists fear would remove protections for hundreds of threatened species, according to a government database.<p>The proposal's obscure name -- "Removal of Blanket Section 4(d) Rule" -- refers to protections covering …

Endangered Species

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: spectacular in all seasons

Life has a languid quality in the stunning landscapes of the Upper Peninsula (called the UP by visitors, and its residents are known as Yoopers). Americans first started vacationing here at the turn of the last century, with barons of Midwest industry like Thomas Edison and Detroit’s Henry Ford …

Meet a traveller: Göran Ehlmé, underwater photographer

Whether it’s Antarctica or the Azores, under ice or in open water, the briny deep is this explorer’s adventure playground. At an early age Göran became fascinated with the underwater world and since learning to dive at age 14, has travelled across the globe to shoot some incredible marine …

Day trips of Peru's Cordillera Blanca

The Cordillera Blanca is the world’s second highest mountain range – bested only by the Himalayas – and home to over 700 individual glaciers and almost 300 lakes. From icy peaks that turn fiery in the setting sun to bustling hillside villages, multicolored flower farms and plentiful ancient ruins, …

Accessing Aysén: how to explore Chilean Patagonia’s glacier country

In the often overlooked northern extremes of Patagonia lies Aysén, Chile’s least-populated region, where only 1.2 humans per square mile dwell. While there isn't an abundance of people around, what the area does have in excess is ice. Bold, blue ice – glaciers the likes of which you’ll find in few …

Day trips from Mérida: haciendas, history and holes in the ground

Mérida, capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán, is a beautiful colonial city with plenty to do. Churches, squares, museums and restaurants, plus a friendly laidback atmosphere (the tropical heat contributes to this), are enough to keep you busy here for a couple of days.<p>But beyond Mérida the rest …

How to be a good 'freedom camper' in New Zealand

With diverse scenery packed into a compact country, and plenty of roads detouring to spectacular and remote locations, New Zealand is a brilliant place to experience a budget road-tripping and camping adventure. Of course, your respect for New Zealand's beaches, forests and waterways will also …

Kuala Lumpur’s best green escapes

With soaring towers, condo complexes and mammoth malls crowding the streets and skyline of Kuala Lumpur (KL), it’s reassuring to know that Mother Nature continues to have a significant stake in and around the Malaysian capital. What other city, for example, has a pocket of primary rainforest at its …

Malawi's wildlife renaissance

Malawi is in the throes of an inspiring renaissance. Famous for being the 'warm heart of Africa' and for its vast glittering lake, the country will soon be renowned as an exciting safari destination. Thanks to conservation organisation African Parks, three beautiful reserves – Majete, Liwonde and …

Exploring the first forest: Białowieża National Park

In eastern Poland, straddling the border with Belarus, is an ancient forest where wild European bison roam.<p>That’s reason enough to visit Białowieża National Park, but its greenery is a marvel too, little touched by human activity and home to numerous species of animals and plants.<p>While borders and …

In the shadow of Tavan Bogd: wild western Mongolia

The rugged and remote far reaches of western Mongolia are a series of wild landscapes capped by glacier-wrapped mountains, divided by green river valleys and shadowed by soaring peaks. This area is home to the famous Kazakh eagle hunters and has some of the best preserved petroglyphs in the country.<p>…

Where to cool off with an unforgettable wild swim

Few things beat cooling off in cold water on a hot day. But sometimes a pool shot through with chlorine just won’t cut it.<p>Adventurous souls should head for these wild spots for a picturesque dip, the chance to get up close to nature and to feel a sense of freedom you just can’t find indoors.<p>Lake …

Switzerland for nature lovers

Nature had one of her finest moments in Switzerland. Where else can you find such varied and intense beauty – colossal glaciers, raging falls, hidden valleys and 4000m mountains – in such a small country?<p>On foot or skis, by bike or raft, with karabiner or paraglider, the Swiss have harnessed these …

How to prepare for a perfect voyage to Antarctica

Majestic landscapes, sensational wildlife and a surreal remoteness lure intrepid dreamers to Antarctica, the pristine last frontier of our planet. A destination this extreme may incite an urge to chart the course on your own, but it’s best to call in the experts to guide you on this …

Wild things: safari alternatives for nature lovers

Spotting some of the world’s most charismatic animals on a traditional African safari is surely one of travel’s greatest pleasures. But there’s so much more to wildlife and nature tourism than seeing a lion, elephant or leopard from your seat in a convoy of four-wheel drives.<p>From tracking down …

Where to see polar bears in the wild

Thrust into the spotlight as the poster children of the effects of climate change, polar bears have become the endangered celebrities of the animal world.<p>Yet despite the high cost and relative difficulty involved in viewing these kings of the Arctic in their natural habitat, more and more …

Asteroid flying by Earth will be closer than the moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Another asteroid is headed our way — the second this week — but there’s no need to worry.<p>The newly discovered space rock will …

Protecting progress in the Brazilian Amazon

Here at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), our work always boils down to places and species and the communities they support. And among all the places in the …

Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2017

It’s been a big year for conservation.<p>Together we assured the world that the United States is still an ally in the fight against climate change …

WWF is saving black rhinos by moving them

© Pip Mortlock<p>A total of <b>87</b> <b>calves</b>, like this one, have been born on project sites which now span some 850 square miles. Nine of those calves were used …

Over 100 new species discovered in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region

A crocodile lizard that is the inspiration behind an up-and-coming comic strip, a snail-eating turtle discovered in a bustling food market in …

New species discovered in the Greater Mekong

Not every newly-discovered species becomes a cartoon character. But the Vietnamese crocodile lizard (<i>Shinisaurus crocodilurus vietnamensis)</i> has …

TRAFFIC Study: Japan’s ivory market must close

Well-organized transnational criminal networks and a poorly regulated domestic market are among the factors making Japan a lucrative target for …

WWF welcomes China’s national carbon emission trading system

<b>Beijing,</b> 21 December 2017 – China’s nationwide carbon emission trading system, launched on 19 December, marks an important step toward promoting a …

Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Put your food waste on a diet

When that ball drops, we all start thinking, how can I be a little better this year? Many of us go straight to food resolutions: eating healthier, …

Bulgarian government silently moves to open almost half of Pirin National Park to construction

<b>Sofia, 29 December 2017 -</b> In a surreptitious move, the government of Bulgaria approved on Thursday alarming new changes to the Pirin National Park …

Indus river dolphin numbers on the rise with the help of local communities

Indus river dolphin numbers have increased dramatically over the past 16 years, thanks largely to successful community-based conservation efforts.<p>A …

Trump Administration to roll back crucial Arctic protections

Keep Oil and Gas Drilling Out of America's Arctic<p>Sign our public comment to President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke, and tell them to continue …

Belize ends oil activity in its ocean waters

Belize, home of the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, permanently suspended oil activity in its ocean waters. The legislation marks the …