Grace Aydin

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Passport Index Tells You Every Country You Can Visit Without a Visa

It just got a lot easier to navigate the labyrinth of visa regulations.<p>You've finally booked that multi-stop trip around the world, have all your travel gear ready to go, and a step-by-step itinerary sketched out—then you panic. "Can I get into Cambodia without a visa?" "Is my Australian travel …

Regulation

Where to stay near 10 of America's best national parks

There's never been a better time visit a national park<p>It’s officially travel season, which means millions of Americans from all over will be headed to the country’s national parks to see some of the most beautiful places in the U.S. The National Park Service has seen a record number of visitors at …

Canada Legalizes Physician-Assisted Dying

After weeks of debate, Canadian lawmakers have passed legislation to legalize physician-assisted death.<p>That makes Canada "one of the few nations where doctors can legally help sick people die," as Reuters reports.<p>The new law "limits the option to the incurably ill, requires medical approval and …

Key government reports were wrong about methane leaks' severity, environmental group alleges

An environmental organization filed a federal complaint Wednesday, alleging that key reports by a top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official wrongfully stated the severity of methane leaks across the nation's natural gas industry.<p>In its 68-page complaint to the EPA's Office of Inspector …

Oil & Gas Industry

Must-Know Tips For Saving Money on Airfare

From secret spots and bucket-list destinations to life-changing gadgets and booking tips, here's your round-up of need-to-know travel news and daily …

The Louvre's closure proves art cannot survive climate change

The flooding in Paris is a stark warning of the danger posed by climate change to everything human civilisation has achieved – no matter how priceless<p>Related: Strikes, floods, protests and sense of betrayal pile on misery for France<p>One of the oldest human illusions is that culture is a conquest of, …

7 major changes the Prairies will see as the climate warms

In May, climate researchers at the University of Winnipeg published a detailed, sobering <b>map</b> of how a warming climate will affect the Prairies.<p>All …

40 Surprising Facts About Paris

To show off at parties.<p>1. Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC and was previously called Lutetia.<p>2. According to some, Lutetia was located in present-day Nanterre. The residents called themselves "Parisii" and therefore gave the name "Paris" to Lutetia.<p>3. In total, there are 38 cities called …

Switzerland is voting on a proposal to give every citizen $2,500 a month, no questions asked

There’s been a lot of excitement over universal basic income (UBI) recently, with a venture capital firm and governments in Ontario and Norway planning trial programs.<p>But tomorrow (June 5), Switzerland will hold the first national vote on whether to introduce a basic income scheme. Under terms of …

Vancouver Gen Y couple wants kids but feel stuck in their suburban condo

Corey and Stephanie Goudriaan are running into sticker shock in Vancouver’s suburbs during their quest to find a townhome or detached house.<p>The millennial couple, who have been priced out of the real-estate market within Vancouver’s city limits, are examining their options. Suburban prices are far …

From floods to forest fires: a warming planet – in pictures

Droughts, floods, forest fires and melting poles – climate change is impacting Earth like never before. From the Australia to Greenland, Ashley Cooper’s work spans 13 years and over 30 countries. This selection, taken from his new book, shows a changing landscape, scarred by pollution and natural …

Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Cups Are the Refreshingly Simple Supper You’ve Been Looking For

Summer is upon us—and while bikinis and beaches are great, we’re most excited because warm weather means it’s time to start eating with our hands …

Escape the heatwave: 17 magical destinations for a cool summer holiday

Britain is roasting. It is 30C in London right now, and more hot weather is forecast for the coming weeks. Can't stand the heat, nor the prospect of cooking on a Mediterranean beach surrounded by sunburned Brits? Here are 17 cooler options for a holiday this summer.<p>1. The Azores<p><b>Temperature right</b> …

The future of energy in 4 charts

It's not just climate change that's spurring countries around the world to reassess their energy infrastructure.<p>As a new World Energy Council report …

Sustainable Business

What the Alberta fire says about our attitudes toward climate change

<i>Blayne Haggart is an assistant professor of political science at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont.</i><p>Attempts to link the Fort McMurray fire to climate change, most prominently by Elizabeth May, have been swatted down hard by ordinary Canadians, and many politicians and pundits. When I posted …

Renewable energy smashes global records in 2015, report shows

Last year saw record worldwide investment and implementation of clean energy such as wind, solar and hydropower<p>An upsurge in new wind, solar and hydro plants and capacity saw renewable energy smash global records last year, according to a report on new supply.<p>Some 147 Gigawatts of renewable …

There are more jobs in renewable energy than in oil, gas, and coal combined

A word to the burly coal miners who complained that cutting coal out of our energy mix would take away their jobs when the Climate Action Plan was up …

South African firefighters arrive eager to help fight Fort McMurray wildfire

The first thing the 281 South African firefighters did when they touched down in Edmonton was sing.<p>They sang soldier songs — songs of South Africa — …

Barcelona Wants to Banish Cars From 60% of its Streets

Barcelona is looking to turn 60 percent of its streets into green spaces for pedestrians.<p>The city wants to start the project in Eixample, the …

'Tourists go home' say Spanish locals in backlash to holiday boom

Enough is enough… ‘Foreign tourists go home!’<p>So say some exasperated residents in Palma, Majorca, who have resorted to graffiti in a backlash against a booming tourist trade.<p>On the walls of the grand old houses of the Balearic port which attracts millions of foreigners every year,<br>scrawled messages …

'We can't go on like this': Shortages, economic crisis make Venezuela a nation of lines

In an impoverished hilltop neighborhood, a dense labyrinth of narrow alleys, mostly shuttered shops and cinder-block homes, residents trudge toward a protruding pipe discharging a trickle of murky water.<p>Someone has switched on a pump to start the uphill flow to the area, where power blackouts and …

18 Refreshing Recipes for Lemonade and Limeade

I can't think of many things more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice-cold glass of lemonade. I was raised on powdered mix, but as I've matured, I've graduated to the real stuff. Making your own lemonade obviously gives you far better flavor than you'd get from a powdered (or even bottled) …

8 Epic European Summer Road Trips

With summer quickly approaching, there is no better time to think about your next vacation! And instead of just settling on one spot, why not jump in …

What Remains After the Evacuation of Europe's Biggest Refugee Camp

Idomeni has been cleared—tents, pots, and children's drawings are scattered around the now empty makeshift camp.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Greece</i><p>It took three days for the Greek police to complete the evacuation of Europe's largest makeshift refugee camp in Idomeni, next to the border …

Mediterranean Kitchens: A Gallery of 7 Beautiful Rooms

(Image credit: Decor Demon)<p>I might have a collection of over 1,000 lovely photos of kitchens (hey, I've been working on it for a long time), but …

Kitchens

Dealing With Sinking Cities and a Risky Future

Just consider a simple forecast. Without action, parts of Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and numerous other coastal cities around the globe will continue to sink faster than the sea level rises.<p>We already know our coastal cities are under threat from rising sea levels, driven by climate change. …

A 5-Day Asian-Inspired Meal Plan That Is Better Than Takeout

Once I get home from work, all I want to do is lie down, watch TV and relax. Oh, you too? Making dinner is the last thing we feel like doing at the …