22 April 2016

Earth Day 2016

Let's celebrate the Earth today (and everyday).

And by earth, I mean all of it, the abiotic and biotic parts, including humans.



18 April 2016

BnB take beds from Hotels

Seems to be a powerful new partner in the travel and tourism industry.  The BnB, especially the one called https://www.airbnb.com/

This is not with out some concern, since local residents of apartments and houses may not realize their neighbor is actually renting rooms.  This is a particular problem in urban areas with a night life where the temporary tenants return "home" after a late night of partying.  Further there is a concern about lost tax revenue.

But just like the Uber Taxis, the market drives the competition.  But we will likely see some sort of regulation, especially if the big guys (e.g., Intercontinental Hotel Group) feel threatened?

11th Province for Canada

There has been a discussion for several years for the Turks and Caicos to become the 11th Province in Canada.  This recent report summarizes the idea.

Talk about a neat idea!

I always remember meeting some British citizens in St. Lucia who noted the lack of reasoning when the "Empire" gave up the tropical paradise.  The TCI merger may be a mutually beneficial arrangement for our neighbors to the north.  Oh, yeah, while in St. Lucia, we met President Clinton.

12 April 2016

Climate Change Toolkits on the web

Seems everyone and their brother are now doing "toolkits" to understand climate change.  For instance here is the states we have https://toolkit.climate.gov/.  It is pretty simple and provides access to basic data.

A more holistic approach is found with the League of Women Voters.  The LWV have a history of providing a good review of any topic and worth the visit.

The United Nations has a good reference too and is found here.  And for more info, the UN has this.

And finally, for this short intro, since travel and tourism account for 5% of the carbon emissions. check this one out for tourism impacts.


10 April 2016

UN World Tourism Organization and Poverty Alleviation

Come on folks, let's all make tourism help the world instead of exploiting it.  Tourism can be a tool to alleviate poverty instead of filling the deep pockets of the rich.  Visit this UN site for details.



Belize

07 April 2016

Appalachian Trail Boundary Monitoring

So, here is video I shot last fall.  Will try to hit the NPS properties this spring with my students.  Just need to wait for the snow to melt.  Out to hunt for these monuments:



Good stuff.