While popular travel destinations such as Paris, Barcelona and Bali have become overcrowded and losing their special atmosphere, there are countries in the world that possess natural beauty, culture and history waiting to be discovered but kept under the radar. From the quiet beaches with powder-like sand in Tuvalu, a traditional feast in Kiribati to the humpback whales’ warm-water nursery in Niue, CNN Travel compiles the world’s least visited countries that are worth consideration. Tuvalu A South Pacific country you should consider to visit soon, as its beaches, tiny islands and stilt houses are at risk of being washed away by rising sea levels. Visited by a mere 2000 international tourists in 2017 as reported by CNN Travel, the country is among the most isolated in the world, but it offers tranquil beaches where flying fish are in view and candy-hued coral reefs are within a snorkel away. Included in the activity recommendation is strolling on the powder-like beach … [Read more...] about Next stop: World’s least-visited countries
Natural events that cause climate change
It was billions of years ago that life began on the earth. The cycle of evolution has already demonstrated how the transformation took place in terms of humans as well as other animals. Now, an American biologist, in his new book "Evolution: A View from the 21st Century," wrote a section which indicates one question -- Will humans be transformed into a different kind of species? The 75-year-old Shapiro said, if we look at the ecological disruption or the climate change which would lead the humans to extinction, then "it is readily apparent that many organisms will suffer severe physiological and nutritional distress and that populations will be greatly depleted, thereby, altering customary mating patterns and host-symbiotic relationships." As per this transformation process, the switching or altering the cell's regulatory architecture and thus procedure might help explain the accelerated mass "originations" that follow "mass extinctions." Even though Shapiro's book is not about mass … [Read more...] about Can climate change transform humans into different species?
A waterspout developed off the southern coast of Singapore on Saturday. The phenomenon, as well as unseasonably cold or warm spells around the world, have people asking yet again: Are more unusual and extreme weather incidents here and around the world because of climate change, or an unexpected confluence of factors? It is a bit of both, climate experts say. Professor Benjamin Horton, chair of the Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) Asian School of the Environment and principal investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, said extreme weather events may well happen by chance but could also signal a dangerous, human-made shift in the Earth's climate. "2019, just like its predecessor, has been marked by extreme weather, including heat, cold, heavy rainfall and high winds, with widespread impacts on public safety, transport, energy and health," Prof Horton said, highlighting the weather incident on Saturday in which a waterspout occurred near the Tanjong Pagar Terminal. The … [Read more...] about Waterspout off Singapore coast sparks climate debate
By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’
The degradation of Nature threatens mankind just as much as climate change, Robert Watson, outgoing head of the UN science panel for biodiversity, has warned ahead of a stark assessment of the state of our planet. The former head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Watson has a unique perspective on how global warming and biodiversity loss -- two of the most pressing problems humanity faces -- overlap and exacerbate each other. He spoke to AFP ahead of the unveiling Monday of a UN assessment of Nature -- the first in 15 years -- written by 150 scientists and drawing from 15,000 published studies and government reports. Threat to social cohesion Q. Is the destruction of Nature as much of a threat to humanity as climate change? A. Degrading Nature affects food and water security, the regulation of climate, even social cohesion. It threatens human wellbeing at least as much as climate change, and the causes and solutions for both overlap. The way we produce food and energy … [Read more...] about Saving Nature key to human wellbeing: UN biodiversity chief