Conservationists set up two camera traps near a watering hole in a Thai forest — and then they waited. The first animal to step in front of the lens was a male tiger (Panthera tigris), who took a dip in the natural pool before sauntering off. Not long after that, a type of wild cattle called a banteng (Bos javanicus) briefly stepped into view before getting spooked and sprinting away.
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Asia Travel: 10 Natural Wonders That Will Make You Want to Visit Right Now; Hazel Solender; Ecophiles
Asia travel is all about discovery – from vibrant cultures to natural wonders, the revelations never end. From the world’s highest mountain to the world’s largest cave, Asia is home to nature’s most imaginative, awe-inspiring creations. When you plan your Asia travel, it’s usually really hard to pick where to go, so we’ve got some fantastic ideas for an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.
Living Bridges, Cherrapunji, India
These bridges were grown (not built!) for a practical reason: to help villagers cross the rivers in the Meghalaya region in north east India. This area is one of the wettest places on Earth, which leads to problems from June to September. The current becomes more aggressive and people are incapable of crossing it. They needed a solution, and they found one!
It’s Time for the World Heritage Convention to Step Up Protection of Globally Significant Wilderness Areas; James Allan, James Watson, Bastian Bertzky & Tilman Jaeger; National Geographic Society
Earth’s last intact wilderness areas are being rapidly degraded. Predominantly free of human uses, especially industrial scale activities, large wilderness areas support an exceptional collection of globally significant environmental values, including very rich and often endangered biodiversity and critical ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration and storage and water provision. Many indigenous people and local communities, which are often politically and economically marginalized, depend on wilderness areas for their subsistence and have deep bio-cultural connections.
Somewhat incredibly, more than 2 million square miles of terrestrial wilderness (around 10 percent of the total area) were lost in just the last two decades. If this continues, the consequences for both people and nature will be catastrophic.
Despite being irreplaceable and increasingly threatened, wilderness areas remain under-valued, under-protected, and have been almost completely ignored in international environmental policy. Immediate proactive action is required to save them.