Natural Habitat Adventures launches world’s first zero-waste vacations

September 11, 2018 by  
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In a travel-industry first, Natural Habitat Adventures is spearheading a zero-waste vacation package. The groundbreaking trip will take place in summer 2019, when 14 travelers will visit Yellowstone National Park from July 6-12. The Safari America: Yellowstone Country adventurers will explore the sustainable travel industry as well as refusing, recycling, composting , upcycling and reusing at least 99 percent of all waste produced during the trip. Natural Habitat Adventures hopes to avoid landfill contributions or incineration, fitting all waste into a single small container by the trip’s end. Founder and president of Natural Habitat Adventures Ben Bressler said, “One way we’re dedicated to protecting the planet is to inspire the travel industry to become more sustainable,” of the initiative that is more about setting a new standard for travel than anything else. “Our goal is to continually raise the bar on conservation, and our first zero-waste adventure will show that it’s possible to reduce our environmental impact while providing an exceptional experience for our guests,” he continued. Related: 100% solar-powered Fiji resort combines 5-star luxury with sustainability Trip leaders have already devised plans to mitigate waste , including providing travelers with a zero-waste toolkit containing reusable items such as water bottles, mugs, cutlery and totes as well as digitizing all pre-trip forms and vacation itineraries. Travelers are encouraged to refuse potential waste items such as single-use straws or individually packaged condiments. The vehicles, lodges and camps throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will be stocked with bulk foods that will be transported as individual meals in reusable containers. Napkins and biodegradable foods will be composted by the team, while hard-to-recycle materials will be sent to TerraCycle , a world-leading company that specializes in recycling difficult outputs. There is no better company in achieving this mission than Natural Habitat Adventures, which just celebrated 10 years of being 100 percent carbon neutral — in 2007, the ecotourism pioneer became the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company. Its  carbon offset program has thwarted more than 34.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions generated through the company’s global nature adventures. The company hopes to inspire and educate its guests to make an impact beyond the trips. For Natural Habitat Adventures, showing people how to make conscious decisions about daily waste production at home and at the office is a cornerstone of the trips. + Natural Habitat Adventures Images via Collective Retreats & Natural Habitat Adventures

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Climate change is expected to bring more intense storms like Hurricane Florence

September 11, 2018 by  
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Hurricane Florence is on a collision course with the southeastern United States. The immense and powerful storm will create high winds and surges along coastal towns and cities, but scientists are more concerned about how much rain Florence might produce — and the increased frequency of similar storms as a result of climate change . James Kossin, a climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , said flooding is the biggest risk with the incoming hurricane. Florence is moving so slow across the ocean that it might come to a near standstill once it hits land, moving somewhere around two to three miles per hour. If that happens, Florence could hit cities on the East Coast with record rainfall. Related: 2018 hurricane season may be worse than last year A similar situation occurred last year when Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas. The massive storm slowed almost to a halt in the Houston area, dumping more than 60 inches of rain in some locations. The excess rain led to 93 deaths and completely shut down certain areas. With Hurricane Florence set to repeat history, scientists believe slow moving storms may become the new norm — and it is all thanks to climate change. Kossin and his team published a study this year that showed cyclones are moving slower on average. In fact, hurricanes have undergone a decrease in speed by about 10 percent over the past 70 years. Kossin believes climate change is slowing down wind currents, which hurricanes use to travel across the ocean. Once the storms stall over land, they continuously dump rain and produce record flooding. The only exception to this trend is in the Indian Ocean, where wind currents have remained strong. Along with slowing down hurricanes, climate change is creating larger and more intense storms as ocean waters warm. The added warmth creates more fuel for the storms as the water evaporates. Harvey and Florence are two examples of this, and scientists believe that trend will continue until we begin to cut down greenhouse gases. + NOAA Via NPR Image via NOAA

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Ski resort in Arizona to make snow using sewage waste

August 26, 2011 by  
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Amit Singh: Snow Sewage water to be recycled into snow for Arizona Ski Resort Skiing as an adventure sport and the business that comes with it, have always been a lucrative option for mountain based resorts and hotels. But in the past few years, due to increased global warming and green house effect, melting snow caps have become a huge problem for both environment and the adventurers. An Arizona based holiday resort ‘Arizona Snowbowl’ has come up with a potent but controversial solution to the same problem. Very soon, they will be covering the mountains with self made snow – created out of treated sewage water. The decision had an immediate polarizing effect on the local people and the authorities. This is not the first time the resort has proposed anything this radical, even in the 1970’s they came up with the same idea but were refuted. The current movement to go green and the bank of study to prove what they are doing is safe, have made their case stronger. Snowbowl is citing an environmental protection agency report, as one of its sources. According to the report, the treated sewage water is safe for humans. As a result, Snowbowl has already started construction work on a 15 mile long pipeline. Through which they will receive 1.5 gallons of water from city of Flagstaff. On the other side of the debate, some environmentalists are not satisfied with EPA’s findings. They claim to have studies by US geological survey and university of phoenix, going contrary to ‘treated water is safe’ assumption. They further add that treated water also contains high doses of carcinogens, industrial pollutants and other harmful chemicals. Some reports also predict that this can bring a change in the soil chemistry and can be severely harmful for the natural habitat of the region. Another set of opposition is coming from the tribal population of the region. The Hopi tribe has filed a lawsuit against the resort claiming that the land is sacred to them and it should not be polluted with sewage water. Via: Discovery

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Former Renault factory to turn into flourishing natural art habitat

October 18, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Old museum to be revived as an eco center for art and music lovers. Formally a factory, then a contemporary art museum and now an eco complex, the former Renault factory on ÃŽle Seguin, Paris has seen grand transformation and is yet to see a lot more. After serving as a hubbub of industrial action from 1920 to 1992, the structure was replaced a stunning museum by billionaire collector Francois Pinault

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Artist creates eco-friendly installation from recycled medicine bottles

October 18, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Art installation made from recycled materials. Eco-conscious artist Jean Shin believes that the advancements in medical science have has escalated the overall consumption of prescription drugs which has increased our bodies’ dependency on these chemicals

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Dutch Propose Using Dikes to Generate Power

April 26, 2010 by  
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Though the Dutch are known for their windmills , they may be looking to underwater turbines for energy in the near future.

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