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- ‘Off-the-charts’ heat to affect millions in U.S. in coming decades
- Don’t Go Anywhere without These Expert Tips for Buying Travel Insurance
- Scientists Race to Uncover the Secrets of Madagascar’s Treasure-Filled Forests
- 'Overwhelming joy': birth of California condor chicks marks soaring comeback
- Afro-Ecuadoreans Maintain Identity through Spiritual Practices
‘Off-the-charts’ heat to affect millions in U.S. in coming decades
In less than 20 years, millions of people in the United States could be exposed to dangerous “off-the-charts” heat conditions of 127 degrees Fahrenheit or more, a startling new report has found. This is the first county-by-county glimpse at what climate change will do to temperature and humidity conditions in the coming years in the United States. Few places will remain unaffected by extreme heat, conditions that “pose unprecedented health risks.”
Scientists Race to Uncover the Secrets of Madagascar’s Treasure-Filled Forests
Hope is like oxygen for conservationists. The rediscovery of a long-lost duck, by renowned Malagasy ornithologist Lily Arison Réné de Roland, spurred the creation of two protected areas in the country and the promise of new and astonishing species yet to be discovered. Inspired, research biologists from around the world are scouring these spots for other endemic species before it's too late.
'Overwhelming joy': birth of California condor chicks marks soaring comeback
Nestled among the red-rock cliffs of Zion national park and the Grand Canyon, California condor chicks No 1,000 and 1,001 blinked into this world. Their birth signaled success for a decades-long program to bring North America’s largest bird back from the brink of extinction.
Afro-Ecuadoreans Maintain Identity through Spiritual Practices
The photographer Johis Alarcón documented not just the indelible influence of African culture in Ecuador, but also how the descendants of enslaved women maintained their culture. Take a look at how these photos convey their beauty but also tell a fascinating story of resilience here.
Don’t Go Anywhere without These Expert Tips for Buying Travel Insurance
You can buy travel insurance almost anywhere these days -- directly online from a travel insurance company, from a travel agency, even while you're booking a flight or hotel – but what should you buy? Is it worth it? What do the travel experts say -- and what, specifically, should you look for?