Sustainable Development

Dead Roaches, Bug Bites & Crusty Sheets: TripAdvisor's 10 Dirtiest Hotels

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 二, 2011/02/01 - 22:00
I think we all have one of those hotel horror stories to share. Am I right? Mine was a childhood road trip to Nashville, Tennessee with my parents. On a tight budget, a classically cheap motel was chosen. That night in Tennessee, the sheets were so pill-y and dotted with mysterious stains, I remember refusing to slide even just one leg under cover. Instead, I slept on top of the the scratchy, synthetic comforter. It felt safer that way. My parents and I laughed and cracked jokes through the night but the experience forever shaped... Read the full story on Planet Green

Donate Sewing Scraps to Schools

Planet Green Work & Connect - 一, 2011/01/31 - 22:21
There are lots of ways to green your sewing by using every last scrap of fabric. You could make a necklace, an apron, a pincushion, and a lot more, but if you've made all the pincushions you and everyone you know will ever need, why not pass your scraps on to a school? Kids are back in school, and that means teachers will be looking for cheap or free materials for students to explore art and design. Cereal boxes and paper towel tubes are always a hit, but scraps of fabric as small as tiny squares and triangles... Read the full story on Planet Green

The Most Expensive Yacht in the World: It's a City on Water

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 六, 2011/01/29 - 21:00
It's 508 feet long and built to mimic the streets of Monaco. This $1.1 billion yacht will become the most expensive in the world. While it's just in the design stages, to call the boat lavish is a blatant understatement. Red Orbit describes the city atop water: "The super-ship will feature smaller versions of the state’s famous landmarks such as the Monte Carlo Casino and racetrack, as well as swimming pools, tennis courts, a cinema, a go kart track and a Hotel de Paris. Instead of traditional decks the one-of-a-kind ship will have buildings, and instead of a swimming platfor... Read the full story on Planet Green

Snake River Salmon Make 'Great Migration' of 900 Miles, But Are Going Belly Up (Video)

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 四, 2011/01/27 - 22:15
Snake River salmon are a "wow" species. They spawn by making a journey of 900 miles, to altitudes of 7,000 feet in the northwestern United States. No other salmon species on Earth goes higher or farther in the name of procreation. But they have to pass through eight dams on their way there ... and most of these magnificent fish don't make it past four of those dams in the lower Snake River. Such is the story of "The Greatest Migration," which could turn into a "What a Shame" extinction if action isn't taken to remove the four structures. "The Greatest Migration" is a documentary being used by the nonprofit Save Our Wild Salmon to tell the tale of the... Read the full story on Planet Green

4 Tips to Planning a Sabbatical and Traveling the Globe

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 四, 2011/01/27 - 21:00
We all dream about it. Sitting at our desks, twiddling our thumbs, and dreaming of lands far and wide. Envisioning ourselves dropping it all to circle the globe. We won't be gone forever, unless one of the lands we globetrot to holds us captive by its beauty. But few of us have the guts to do it. We're scared that once we get back our work will have dried up or promotion opportunities will have dwindled. Most universities offer the opportunity to qualify for paid sabbatical leave as an employee benefit, but what if you're not a professor? Is there a way to take a break from work without going broke? 1. Save Your Cash If you're planning on taking a sabbatical from work without going broke you have to save your dough. Plan about a year ahead of time and Read the full story on Planet Green

The 4-Hour Staycation: Crazy Short, Insanely Refreshing

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 二, 2011/01/25 - 23:15
I know that what I'm about to say is going to sound entirely spoiled because well, it is. For the past three years I've managed to make a warm winter escape by both work (hosting yoga retreats or writing) and pleasure -- from Brazil to Mexico. For a sun-needy creature and wanderlust like me, the voyages came at perfect timing-- smack dab mid-January or February, breaking up the drudgery of Brooklyn's drab gray sky, and ice-crusted cement. I'd arrive back in my urban abode, refreshed with memories of white-sand beaches, laid-back days and sun-kissed with a glow that re-charged my batteries and left me uplifted until spring's arrival. Without work taking me away somewhere toasty and tropical, an... Read the full story on Planet Green

Endangered Whooping Cranes Make Multi-State Journey Before They're Shot and Killed

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 二, 2011/01/25 - 22:15
Here's an adventure story with a deadly twist. There are about 570 whooping cranes left in the world. A group of five recently were sent out on migration, to learn from older cranes and find suitable winter habitat in the U.S. That was, until three of the five were downed by gunshots, and discovered near Albany, Georgia. This mystery has a $12,500 reward attached to solving it. According to The Tennessean, this was the first migration south for the five birds, who were banded and equipped with transmitters as part of the 2010 Direct Autumn Release program. The cranes were part of a Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership effort to ... Read the full story on Planet Green

China Bans Animal Circuses; How About the Rest of the World?

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 日, 2011/01/23 - 23:10
China announced a ban on animal circuses this week—all 300 state-owned ones of them. It's a huge step for animals, considering how they're treated at circuses—and in zoos—not only in China but around the world. Here's a glimpse at what some other countries' circuses and zoos look like—it's not pretty. "In many circuses, wild and exotic animals are trained through the use of intimidation and physical abuse. Former circus employees have reported seeing animals beaten, whipped, poked with sharp objects and even burned to force them to learn their routines. Elephants who perform in circuses are often kept in chains for as long as 23 hours a day from the time they are babi... Read the full story on Planet Green

5 Ways We Harm Trees (and Simple Alternatives to Protect Them)

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 日, 2011/01/23 - 22:18
Seasons of camping, hiking, cottaging, and enjoying nature from sun up to sun down come year around, and when the sun gets to be a little too warm, trees offer some much-needed shade. However, while trees offer loads of benefit to humans, we aren't always as kind. The fact is, trees need to be treated with a little more kindness than we give them, and it's quite easy to find an alternative for our damaging behaviors. Here are five common ways we harm trees, and the simple solutions that can prevent the problems. Collecting Deadfall for Campfires Campers and co... Read the full story on Planet Green

Make Abstract Art with Crayon Nubs

Planet Green Work & Connect - 六, 2011/01/22 - 23:30
Young kids love to color, which means crayons are pretty much a staple in homes with kids up to age six or seven. Most parents of young kids are no stranger to little, worn-down nubs of crayon that clutter the bottom of crayon bins, cast aside by little hands that color easier with larger crayons. But there are ways to use those crayon bits: you can melt them down to make multi-colored crayon discs, or you can use them to create abstract art. What You Need: Crayon nubs Wax paper Picture frame Iron and Ironing Board Dish towel Directions: Using an old pair of scissors or an old butter knife, shave the cray... Read the full story on Planet Green

Sierra Club has 300 Ways to Get Outdoors

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 六, 2011/01/22 - 22:22
Make that more than 300. Sierra Club, the environmental group, has announced a new list of "epic adventures" for 2011. Maybe it's time you stopped making plans to see the great outdoors, and actually went wild? The Sierra Club eco-trips offer "rest and relaxation, rugged wilderness challenges, international treks, or outdoor fun and games with the family." That's quite a variety. The new trips, designed for groups, include backpacking in Oregon's Hells Canyon and family base camping in Alaska's Denali National Park. The old classics ... Read the full story on Planet Green

Bluefin Tuna Sells for $396,000

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 五, 2011/01/21 - 22:18
A single bluefin tuna weighing 754 pounds has been sold for $396,000. This amount set the new record for most expensive fish. The price paid for the fish equals over $520 per pound. At some restaurants in Japan, bluefin tuna sushi can sell for $24 per piece. The tuna was sold in the Tsukiji market in Tokyo, which is one of the largest seafood markets in the world. Over 400 types of seafood are sold there, and there are up to 60,000 employees. Bluefin tuna have been so overfished due to demand for sushi, they are in a severe population decline and some believe they could go extinct fairly soon. They have yet to be dec... Read the full story on Planet Green

New Taser Designed to Stun Animals

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 五, 2011/01/21 - 00:23
The makers of Taser stun guns, used by police on individuals who are resisting arrest or fleeing, are now making a Taser weapon for stunning large wild animals. “Just as our Taser technology is a safer and more effective option to stop dangerous individuals, the Taser Wildlife ECD [Electronic Control Device] is an extension of Taser’s technology to save animal lives. It is designed to incapacitate larger animals more effectively and safer than current animal control tools,” said says Rick Smith, Taser CEO. (Source: The Register) The wildlife Taser shoots metal darts up to 35 feet, which are supposed to hit the animal and then send a 20,000 volt pulse of electricity. Such a massive jolt causes th... Read the full story on Planet Green

5 of the World's Most Amazing Gardens

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 四, 2011/01/20 - 22:15
Every garden is amazing. From the smallest container to the most dramatic botanic garden (such as those listed below), gardens help us appreciate the natural beauty around us, amaze us with the diversity that exists in the plant world, and stand testament to the creativity of those whose art consists not of brushes and paints, but of flowers and plants. Whether they stand as symbols of a leader's greatness, as a wealthy man's monument to his love of plants, or as a beautifully cataloged collection of a particular type of plant, the world would be a sad place without its botanic gardens. Here are five of the most dramatic, amazing gardens from around the world. 1. Musee de Quai Branly Vertical Garden, Paris

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More Airports With Havana Flights: Could Open Cuban Travel Be a Reality?

Planet Green Travel & Outdoor - 三, 2011/01/19 - 21:00
When the gates open and we are all legally allowed to freely travel down to Cuba, I want to be one of the first to make the trip. And it seems we may be headed in the right direction though in seriously baby steps. According to Jaunted, more and more airports will be offering flights to Havana including flights for church groups and school groups. Charter flights, which had previously been limited to Miami, New York, and Los Angeles, will be allowed from all airports with proper US customs. Additionally, (and unrelated) Americans will be allowed to send $500 per... Read the full story on Planet Green