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Fundaising for My Climate Journalism Work

Hey everyone. Thank you for sticking around my blog these past few years. I’ve covered a wide range of topics from tourism in Cuba to National Monuments to Finland, Photography, Ecotourism in Costa Rica and more. Now I’m setting off on a new climate journalism project. I call it Reimagining Climate Change. And I’m asking […]

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Why Traveling to Dubai Should Be a Priority

When the typical Westerner makes his or her bucket list of places to travel, Dubai isn’t typically a list-topper. There are many reasons for this. Dubai is a young city, by some criteria less than a century old. It doesn’t have the history or literary romanticisation of somewhere like Rome or Paris. But then, no […]

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Trump to Order Review of More Than 50 National Monuments

The word is that on Wednesday (April 26, 2017), President Trump will order a “review” of more than 50 National Monument designations covering more than a billion (yes, with a B) acres of public lands. Trump will do this via an Executive Order that directs the Department of the Interior to examine every national monument […]

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From Economist to Millionaire: The Cuba Tourism Boom is Drawing Professionals to Leave Their Jobs for Better Opportunities

Cuba Tourism Boom is Drawing Professionals to Leave Their Jobs for Better Opportunities Last year the United States began dismantling the last remaining barriers to Americans travelling to Cuba, contributing to an estimated 3.5 million visitors in 2016 as Americans flocked to what had been for so long a forbidden country – for Americans at least. […]

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The Last Day. Three Perfect Days in Trinidad, Cuba – Day Three

Day Three – Three Perfect days in Trinidad, Cuba Three perfect days in Trinidad, Cuba – Day One Three perfect days in Trinidad, Cuba – Day Two It was another morning on the rooftop of Media Luna. The third of my three perfect days in Trinidad, Cuba. While she scrambled my eggs, Gela told me that in […]

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Three Perfect Days in Trinidad, Cuba – Day Two

Day Two – Trinidad, Cuba Trinidad Cuba Day One North of Trinidad the Sierra del Escambray winds its way across the landscape for about 90 kilometers. The mountain range is Cuba’s second largest and looks somewhat like the battlements along a castle wall. The mountains are not particularly high but they are steep. The valleys […]

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Three Perfect Days: Trinidad in Cuba – Day One

  You hear it said that the Cuban capital of Havana is a metropolis stuck in the 1950s. If that excites you then the Caribbean coastal town of Trinidad in Cuba will be an added thrill. The 500-year old settlement of cobblestone streets at the base of Sierra Escambray was founded by Spanish conquistador Diego […]

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Help Protect Southeast New Mexico’s Wild Chihuahuan Desert

Last year I was lucky enough to work with Joelle Marier of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance as a conservation photographer on her project to protect the wildlands of south-eastern New Mexico. Now we have an update from Joelle on the work she is doing in the region. (All photos by Jim O’Donnell) ~ ~ ~ […]

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Climate Change and a Politics of Morality

In 1979 Claire L. Parkinson published her scientific paper “Arctic sea ice decay simulated for a CO2-induced temperature rise”. Based on mathematical modeling, Parkinson and her co-author William Kellogg estimated that once atmospheric carbon dioxide doubled above pre-industrial levels, the Arctic would become ice-free in summer by about 2050. The paper was more or less […]

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Public Lands Action in Taos, New Mexico

On a weekday morning at 11am about 400 people gathered at the Taos Mesa Brewing Company in Taos, New Mexico to support public lands. “The National Monument is one of the best deals ever made,” said the Taos Pueblo War Chief, Curtis Sandoval. “Not just for us Native Americans but for anyone who enjoys freedom.” […]

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The Valle Vidal Geographic Area Proposal – Carson National Forest

A little more than 10 years ago the Valle Vidal Protection Act was signed into law by then-President Bush.  The act permanently protected the Valle Vidal unit of the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico from oil and gas development. Now, the Carson National Forest is revising their forest management plan. This is a […]

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Republicans Introduce Bill to Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, a Republican, has introduced a bill to permanently eliminate the EPA …that is the agency dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  H.R.861 – To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency. I wrote last week that The Trump Administration is working to cut the EPA in half and potentially starve it […]

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