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Australians have rediscovered an extinct cockroach from Lord Howe Island

Biologists have discovered endemic cockroaches Panesthia lata on Lord Howe Island, which have not been seen here since the 1930s. It was assumed that these insects died out on the island due to the fault of introduced rats and mice and survived only on small islands off the coast. However, it turned out that the …

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Toilet paper is the biggest problem on the Larapinta Trail

The Larapinta Trail is filled with human waste and toilet paper as the popularity of the trails reaches new peaks

The Larapinta Trail near Alice Springs is known for its spectacular views and scenery, but its growing popularity among bushwalkers this year is causing a less impressive sight: deposits of toilet paper. According to Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife, 2022 promises to be the busiest season for the 230-kilometer trail in the heart of West …

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Lismore 2022

Corals and koalas: in Australia, a shocking report describes the collapse

Climate disasters are legion in Australia. A government report details the extent of environmental damage and denounces political inaction. The document was expected, and it is, unsurprisingly, unflattering. Tuesday, July 19, the new Australian report on the state of the environment, work of several hundred pages of a commission of more than thirty scientists, submitted …

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in Australia, Labor victory gives hope to environmentalists

In Australia, Labor victory gives hope to environmentalists

In a country ravaged by megafires, Labor’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese gives hope to eco-conscious Australians. The Liberal Party (conservative right) has been in charge for nine years. In Australia, the Labor Party (center left) finally regained power this Saturday, May 21, after the heavy defeat of its main opponent in the legislative elections. …

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New Zealanders urge tourists to "leave no trace"

New Zealand: Residents urge tourists to “proceed with caution and leave no trace”

After two years, the first foreign tourists and travellers are returning to New Zealand. But the tiny island nation, world-famous for its unspoilt natural landscape, has a message for visitors. “The future will not be like the past.” These are the words of Aotearoa Tourism Industry (TIA) chief executive Rebecca Ingram. But they encapsulate the …

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You Can't Do This: Revelations of tourists, confessions of their worst sins in the open air.

You Can’t Do This: Revelations of tourists, confessions of their worst sins in the open air.

Leave no traces on the confession: we decided to publish some of the stories that tourists told us. And they ask for forgiveness. All stories are published without names. Most campers and hikers try to travel as light as possible, sticking to the trail and trying to leave the campsites as they were before camping. …

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Cruise ships are returning to the Great Lakes with expeditions starting in May

Cruise ships are returning to the Great Lakes with expeditions starting in May and ending in October.

After a two-year hiatus, Great Lakes cruisers are back and the industry is trying to get ready. “There is a huge unmet demand for cruises,” said David Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan. “There’s more demand for cruise travel than most travel categories, and I think the reason for that is because people want to …

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