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Defenders Of Wildlife Wolf Expert Suzanne Stone

On U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Ending Protection for Wolves

 

Human-wolf relations have changed a lot over the course of America’s history, from the spiritual reverence of early Native American indians to the fear-based reactions of European settlers that resulted in hundreds of thousands of wolves being killed.

On the verge of extinction, wolves were one of the first animals protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and a wolf reintroduction program under the Clinton Administration in the mid-’90s brought the majestic predator back to Yellowstone National Park for the first time in decades. But with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service lifting protection for wolves in Wyoming two weeks ago, the future of the species in the American west is currently in serious jeopardy.

We spoke with wolf conservation expert Suzanne Stone, from the non-profit Defenders Of Wildlife, to find out why the USFWS changed its previous ruling on wolves, why humans continually demonize the species, and what’s currently being done to protect them.

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Victoria Falls

 The 10 Best Waterfalls for Your World Travel Bucket List

 

In the North Georgia city of Dawsonville, there’s a relaxing lil’ haven called Amicalola Falls State Park. While it offers no “World’s Biggest…” superlatives, it does pride itself on being an extremely popular place for hikers. But even with its wonderful 175-foot drop, we know of at least 10 other waterfalls around the world that far surpass it in beauty. (Sorry, Niagara, but you’re not one of them.)  These natural wonders may not all be the tallest or the widest; they’re simply the 10 Best Waterfalls you should have on your world travel bucket list.

 

VICTORIA FALLS  (Zambia & Zimbabwe)

If you calculate quality by height and width, this African marvel is the greatest single sheet of flowing water in the world. The spectacular drop, which hits 344 feet at its center, is so massive that it’s actually surrounded by two national parks, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe.

 

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Yosemite Falls

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San Mauricio Lake, Spanish Pyrenees photo via Creative Commons

Volunteering On A Vineyard in the Spanish Pyrenees

 

(The following is a guest post from GGT social media assistant Emma Higgins, who also runs the blog Gotta Keep Movin. If you’re a blogger interested in guest posting for us, please email Editor in Chief Bret Love at GreenGlobalTravel@gmail.com.) 

 

I had eaten snails, drank 45-year-old wine, joined in at the festival of  La Ronda (which involves musicians serenading all the women in the village), learned the Spanish words for numerous different construction tools, gotten introduced to the family of a couple I’d met just hours before, and been lovingly licked all over my legs by an adorable little dog named Chorchi.

 

I think this just about sums up my first 24 hours at Casa Luisa, which is nestled in a tiny village named Secastilla up in the Spanish Pyrenees. Compared to my life as an English teacher in Barcelona, this was more than a little different.

 

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New U.S. Fuel Efficiency Standards

Plus 30 Other Obama Accomplishments

 

This week America’s attention was squarely placed on the Democratic National Convention. Talking heads debated over President Obama’s economic stance and dissected his words on the war. Some have even taken the POTUS to task over the energy policies he grazed over during last night’s speech.

 

But from where we’re standing, the Commander-in-Chief is on the right track with the impressive new fuel efficiency standards recently finalized by his Administration. In his rousing speech on Wednesday night, former President Bill Clinton touted the agreement Obama made with management, labor and environmental groups to double average U.S. car mileage to 54.5 MPG by 2025:

 

“It will cut your gas bill in half, no matter what the price is… It will make us more energy independent. It will cut greenhouse gas emissions. And, according to several analyses, over the next 20 years it will bring us another half a million good, new jobs into the American economy.”  

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Arabian Oryx photo by Tamar Assaf

photo by Tamar Assaf via Creative Commons

Announcing Our Next Grand Adventure!

 

As a kid growing up in metro Atlanta, I was far more familiar with concrete jungles than those of the exotic variety. As a result, whenever my family would go hiking in the North Georgia mountains or I’d spend time with my grandparents (who lived in a very rural area), I would embrace my inner thirst for adventure.

 

I was 12 years old when Raiders of the Lost Ark came out, and I distinctly remember my cousin Jon and I going to the creek behind his house and swinging on ropes across the 15-foot gap, singing the Indiana Jones theme song as we soared to the other side. During our summer staycations at the Lake, we’d spend hours looking for frogs, snakes, butterflies and salamanders. When my family moved out to the country when I was 15, exploring our 32 acres of woods became my sanctuary. Ultimately, these experiences helped me evolve into the adventurous, nature-loving man I am today.

 

These days, I’ve definitely been to my fair share of jungles, including an incredible voyage down the Amazon earlier this year. But GGT’s next trip will take Mary and I on a grand adventure to a part of the world neither of us has ever been to before: The Middle Eastern country of Jordan!

 

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