Passports with Purpose: Fundraising Gets Inspiring
Passports with Purpose: Fundraising Gets Inspiring

It takes four travel writers to raise a village. When Seattle-based Michelle Duffy met up with three friends for a coffee and a chat in 2008, she had no idea they were about to change the world. But if it weren’t for that fateful coffee, a village in Cambodia would […]

How the Queensland Floods Brought a Nation Together
How the Queensland Floods Brought a Nation Together

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me! These words, well known to most Australians, were penned over […]

Care of Hummingbirds: To Dye or Not to Dye
Care of Hummingbirds: To Dye or Not to Dye

Since moving to California, I have become besotted with hummingbirds. These graceful little birds are found only in the Americas and until a year ago I had only seen them in photographs and wildlife documentaries. I’d seen slow-motion video footage of the figure-eight beating of their wings but never an […]

How Pot Farms are Invading our National Parks
How Pot Farms are Invading our National Parks

National parks are meant to be havens for plants and wildlife and places we humans can enjoy the beauty of the natural world and relax. But if you are an illegal pot farmer, they might just provide perfect cover for you to grow your drugs. Yosemite National Park in California […]

Bad Eggs: Why the Salmonella Outbreak Was Preventable
Bad Eggs: Why the Salmonella Outbreak Was Preventable

The worst thing about the current outbreak of salmonella in the United States is all the people who are getting sick. The second worst thing is that it was entirely preventable. The New York Times reports that federal regulators rejected the idea of mandating egg farmers to vaccinate their hens […]

Australian Election Delivers ‘Greenslide’ but Outcome in Limbo
Australian Election Delivers ‘Greenslide’ but Outcome in Limbo

The Australian people have spoken, and they said “meh”. In case you missed it, there was a federal election in Australia on Saturday and it was an important one. Aussies love a good election and there are usually sausage sizzles and cake stalls down at the polling booths. With only […]

Scape-Goating BP Lets Big Oil Off Scot-Free
Scape-Goating BP Lets Big Oil Off Scot-Free

I’ve been watching the growing condemnation of BP from all sides of the political spectrum and it’s making me mad as hell! Now, don’t get me wrong – BP is no friend of mine. Some days I can’t bear to read the news coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, […]

Better Place Offers New Vision of the Electric Car
Better Place Offers New Vision of the Electric Car

What if I told you that most of what you think you know about electric cars is probably wrong? Until this week, my idea of an electric vehicle was a small car for city driving. I was vaguely aware of the work Tesla was doing with electric sports cars, but […]