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Reader Recs: Favorite National Parks in the U.S.

The beauty of America’s 59 national parks is hard to put into words.<p>From the crystal clear waters of Glacier to the breathtaking enormity of the Grand Tetons, it’s something you should experience firsthand—and this is the perfect time to do it. Why? It’s <b>National Park Week</b>.<p>To pay homage to the …

Jobs Go First, Then Recreation? Duke Energy’s N.C. Coal Ash Spill Spoils the Garden in Eden

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>The shuttered Duke Energy power plant on the Dan River in Eden, N.C. leaked some 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash sludge into the river on Feb. 2. (Photograph by Bobby Amoroso)<p><b>Rockingham County promotes its rivers as economic revitalization; a massive, toxic spill threatens that</b> …

10 wild regions saved from certain death

Having been snatched from the very jaws of environmental disaster lends a certain added drama to these wilderness regions.<p>1. Franklin and Gordon Rivers, Australia<p>The intense battle to save Tasmania’s Franklin and Gordon Rivers from a hydroelectric dam, fought all the way to Australia’s High Court, …

Conservation

Travel highlights from Planet Earth

<i>Planet Earth</i>, BBC's award-winning documentary brought together some of the most stunning nature footage from over 200 locations in 62 countries. <i>The Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth</i>, Lonely Planet's photo-filled companion to the series, tells you how to visit 50 of the documentary's most memorable …

White Shark

Exploring the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Oil, shopping malls and skyscrapers long ago upstaged the vast Arabian Desert from which the city of Dubai grows. In recent years though, a conservation movement – headed by the ruling sheikh himself – has seen the development of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the country's first national park, …

National Parks