Costa Rica Tourism

Thousands of tourists make their way to Costa Rica every year primarily seeking the country’s natural beauty and for many of them the Monteverde Cloud Forrest is a key stop. The reserve stretches through much of Costa Rica and spreads out over nearly 40,000 acres. “This forest has been growing…

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Redefining Home

When students from the University of Georgia pack their bags and travel to study abroad in Costa Rica, they are a long way from the comforts of home. The journey typically starts with an hour or so drive to the Atlanta airport, followed by a flight that covers the 1,639…

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Moving Forward – Oil and Gas in the Hands of Trump

Donald Trump, conflicts of interest and the Dakota Access Pipeline are all topics that may have sparked conversations at this past month’s dinner table; and whether or not they went well paired with mom’s meatloaf, all three factors will play a role in forming the Trump administration’s future policies on oil and…

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The Future of Clean Water is in Your Hands Now More Than Ever

It is no secret that being “eco-friendly” has not been President-elect Donald Trump’s top priority during his campaign and leadership thus far. According to an article by the Society of Environmental Journalists, the future of the Clean Water Act is one of twelve alarming environmental issues that Americans should be aware of…

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A Look at the Future of the EPA Under a Trump Presidency

“No matter what happens tonight, the sun will rise in the morning and America will still be the greatest nation on Earth.” – President Barack Obama Donald J. Trump is now President-elect of the United States, which has many environmentalists and people concerned about climate change worried that while the…

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Scientists say Trump’s environmental policies could destroy Georgia’s economy

President-elect Donald J. Trump won the faith of over half of all Georgians during the 2016 presidential election, largely on promises of improving the nation’s economy, however, some scientists predict that his environmental policies may actually have the opposite effect.  A 2014 White House report projects that summer heat stress…

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Concerns About The Environment In The Next Four Years

President-elect Donald Trump has come out in support of  oil expansion and says that climate change is not real, is not concerning. So, the question is — what does that mean to environmentalists in America. In late October, Trump released a plan for his first 100 days in office. A…

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Georgia vs. Florida: Congress on Record Fall Temperatures

Peppermint Mocha Latte’s are back and Thanksgiving break is just around the corner, so how come people are having to take off their coats by mid-morning? Well, quite simply, this is an unusually hot fall season. According to a report made by The Weather Channel, Athens, Georgia set a new record…

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Consequences of a Trump Presidency on the Environment

Last week’s election of Donald Trump as the new President-elect has many environmentalists concerned for the future. “Trump’s election has been met here by Americans and the international community with a great deal of concern for what it means for our climate, our environmental quality and the safety and well-being…

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Phone, Wallet, Keys, Facemask

Imagine if those Summerly “code oranges” you’ve experienced in Atlanta ended up adding one more step to your daily packing list: a facemask. In Beijing, China, climate change is up-close and personal, with a literal smack in the face to its 20 million inhabitants. Beijing’s smog lays a thick residue…

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The Answer To Our Energy Problems May Lie in the Nevada Desert

The Georgia legislature’s energy policy places a certain emphasis on the need for efficiency and conservation, which is an issue that Tesla Motors is trying to solve in the deserts of Nevada. In Leonardo DiCaprio and director Fisher Stevens’ new environmental documentary Before the Flood, the CEO of Tesla, Elon…

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Scientists say Georgia will not escape climate change

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) say that though Georgia has been spared the worst effects of climate change wreaking havoc across the globe, it will not continue to do so unless citizens and politicians stand united against global warming in the future. Even so, Georgia politicians…

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Say Goodbye to Paradise?

Residents of Tybee Island, Georgia are concerned that what is happening to the islands in the Pacific Ocean will soon happen to them. Coastal cities and island nations are beginning to disappear, including the access highway to Tybee Island, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC). How? Global warming…

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Humble but Ambitious Beginnings: UGA’s Office of Sustainability

A mere six years ago, then undergraduate student Mark Milby proposed a bold $3 “Green Fee” per student. That idea would transform into the birth of the Office of Sustainability at UGA. Today, fifty percent of the office’s operating budget ($600,000) is funded by this gallon of gas equivalent fee. But…

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Why Our Campus Water is in Danger

It’s Saturday in Athens, and the Bulldawgs just scored a touchdown between the hedges. Little did you know, while you and your friends were cheering over a victory, you were standing over an important body of water the entire time. Believe it or not, one of UGA’s most important watersheds,…

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