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The Places We Love IV: Heritage Advocates Want Cruise Ships Tamed

At a first-of-a-kind international symposium in Charleston, SC, heritage experts look at how cruise ships can transform historic port cities. They find that big is not better. Not at all.

What is “Wilderness”? Why Protect it? A Mission for the Future…

“Wilderness”… What does this mean to the modern human being? Why should we value it in our day and age? Why is it there? Is option value enough for people, who will never see it, to protect it? The ambiguity of our relationship with wilderness was illustrated very well by Roderick Nash: “On one hand,…

The Places We Love I: Charleston at Odds

A proposal for a new cruise ship pier in historic Charleston, SC, has sparked a hot civic debate. Worries over ever-growing cruise ship crowds could derail an otherwise attractive renewal plan. Sustainable-destinations expert Jonathan Tourtellot reports on his dip into the fray.

Ancient Observatories Make World Heritage List

This month the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released its list of the 21 sites being added to the World Heritage list. Inclusion on the list is meant to “encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity,” according…

Our Astronomical Heritage

Excitement is building for next year’s official designation of 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy, brought to you by the United Nations. [You may remember the United Nations from such years as 2003: Year of Freshwater; 2005: Year of Physics; and, apparently, 2008: Year of the Potato.] IYA was designated by the UN’s Educational,…