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News Bin - November 14, 2019

Nov 14, 2019 |

News Roundup

| by Meghan Pipa

Bringing you the latest news, information, and resources from around the web. In the November 14 edition, read more about the following:

  • Tourism Officials Reassure Travelers That Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands Are Safe
  • Meet The Woman Who Lived in a Bald Eagle’s Nest to Save Raptors
  • Borneo’s Elusive Spectacled Flowerpecker is No Longer a Mystery
  • ‘Greta Thunberg effect’ Driving Growth in Carbon Offsetting
  • The Rise and Fall of Iceland’s Tourism Miracle

Tourism Officials Reassure Travelers That Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands Are Safe

In the wake of recent and often violent protests in South America, tourism officials are reassuring travelers that flight operations are returning to normal. Americans traveling to Ecuador are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

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Meet The Woman Who Lived in a Bald Eagle’s Nest to Save Raptors

“The Eagle Lady,” Doris Mager, is a conservationist and educator who helped establish the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey through her sedulous efforts to protect raptors. At 95 years old, Mager lives on to tell her heartening story and inspire many to save raptors.

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Borneo’s Elusive Spectacled Flowerpecker is No Longer a Mystery

First sighted a decade ago, the Spectacled Flowerpecker is now formally identified as a new avian species. Distinct from any other flowerpecker in Borneo forests, much of this elusive bird’s ecology remains unknown. Scientists and conservationists hope this little bird’s identification will demonstrate the need for its protection and the environmental significance of the forest.

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‘Greta Thunberg effect’ Driving Growth in Carbon Offsetting

Greta Thunberg continues to inspire individuals and organizations to offset their carbon footprints by investing in carbon-reducing projects. But, the topic remains controversial as critics say big polluters and individuals buy carbon credits in exchange for a clean conscience while continuing to fly, drive, and use fossil fuels. Where do you stand? here.

The Rise and Fall of Iceland’s Tourism Miracle

Iceland’s economy has become reliant on foreign visitors in the past decade. As the country’s tourism faces a slump, many see an opportunity to reassess their business while the decline poses unmanageable problems. Take a look at how Iceland’s tourism morphed into the economy’s biggest industry and what the country’s future holds.

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