Have you ever wondered what that incredibly strange looking (supposedly edible) thing at your neighborhood market is? Or wandered into a restaurant for an almuerzo and been offered a juice of some exotic-sounding fruit you've never heard of? No more! With this easy to use guide, complete with pictures, your knowledge of Ecuador's fruits and vegetables will equal that of the locals. Armed with such a tool, you will never fear the produce stalls again.
By Christopher Lux It’s the perfect crime. The victims are awake, articulate, and appear normal. But they have no control over their decisions and actions and do anything the criminal Continue reading »
Every day, hundreds of different plant species -- many of them listed as invasive -- are traded online worldwide on auction platforms. This exacerbates the problem of uncontrollable biological invasions.
Recent surveys of the shark and ray catches of artisanal fishers in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) resulted in the rediscovery of the threatened river sharks, Glyphis garricki and Glyphis glyphis . These represent the first records of both species in PNG since the 1960s and 1970s and highlight the lack of studies of shark biodiversity in PNG. Two individuals of G . garricki and three individuals of G . glyphis were recorded from coastal marine waters of the Daru region
You don’t have to look far to see the effect humans are having on the biodiversity of our planet. Through a combination of pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental degradation and catastrophic waste disposal, we are entering the planet’s sixth mass extinction. Volcanic eruptions and asteroid impacts are well-known initiators of such extinction events, but for Earth’s sixth, humans are solely to blame.
After reading that the Devil’s Nose Train ranks as one of the top 10 most dangerous train rides in the world, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and do what thousands of Ecuadorians, tourists and a few dogs have done throughout the years - ride on the train’s roof dangling my feet over the side while bracing myself against the railing. Imagine my disappointment when I read on several blogs that around eight years ago two tourists were decapitated and another scalped by a low-hanging phon
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