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My Madagascar Odyssey

Pat Waak | Posted 11.12.2015 | Travel
Pat Waak

I would be dishonest if I did not admit that my husband and I started on this journey without more than a little trepidation. Madagascar was not on our "bucket list."

No Good Deed -- Cattle, the French, and Getting PNG'ed from Madagascar

ADST | Posted 10.26.2015 | World

While U.S. diplomatic missions attempt to build relationships with the nations in which they maintain embassies, these relationships don't always work out. Sometimes, diplomats are PNG'ed or declared persona non grata - a nice way of saying they've been kicked out of the country.

One Trick Made These Animal Photos Look Totally 3D

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 10.01.2015 | Science

If you like nature photos, you're going to love a gorgeous new series by French photographer Philippe Martin. The animals depicted in the photos-...

Is It Okay To Eat A Pet Cat?

Hal Herzog | Posted 08.07.2015 | Science
Hal Herzog

A recent study published in the journal Anthrozoos suggests there are surprising cultural differences in attitudes towards eating pets, in this case, cats.

Malagasy Citizen

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

World leaders must change the course of history and the focus of their modus operandi or leave room for new leadership with alternative horizons. Africa must gain visibility and increasing importance in twenty-first century Earth.

The Farmers and Food System Leaders of Tomorrow

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Young people are the farmers and food system leaders of tomorrow. According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), young people are increasingly abandoning agriculture and rural areas in search of better prospects, which makes creating opportunities for young people to contribute to their agricultural communities an urgent need.

China's Growing Global Military Presence: Walk Softly and Carry a Small Stick

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The alarm bells that are ringing among various governments and in the press with respect to China's growing global military presence are overdone.

WCS at 120: Celebrating a 12-Decade Commitment to Protecting Wild Places

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

It is perhaps fitting that the 120th anniversary of WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) this week coincides with the establishment of three new marine parks in Madagascar. Since its founding 12 decades ago, WCS has dedicated itself to the protection of wildlife and wild places.

A World of Kindness: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

I have the privilege of making seed grants to social change leaders around the world. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our community of givers supported this week.

Top Emerging Travel Hotspots for 2015

Gogobot | Posted 02.14.2015 | Travel

It is becoming ever easier to travel to remote pockets of the globe. Every year, emerging destinations brimming with travel potential rise in popularity, without the crazy crowds and tourist traps.

First-ever World Lemur Festival Celebrated in Madagascar

Russell Mittermeier | Posted 12.31.2014 | Green
Russell Mittermeier

Why should we care about lemurs? Well, aside from being delightful, beautiful creatures that are part of the mammalian order Primates of which we ourselves are members, they are also a major economic asset for a country historically plagued by poverty and political instability.

Madagascar's Former Leader Arrested After 5 Years In Exile

AP | BY LYNSEY CHUTEL | Posted 10.13.2014 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Madagascar's former president has been arrested, just hours after he returned to the island nation following more than five year...

100 Miles of Wild: Madagascar's Limestone Labyrinth

Kensington Explorers-In-Residence | Posted 12.03.2014 | Travel
Kensington Explorers-In-Residence

Breathtaking and frail, this dangerous landscape is completely off-limits to all tourists, and rumored to house strange and undocumented animal species, dinosaur migration trails, unexplored caverns and cave systems, and possibly bandits hiding away from civilization.

Climate Change This Week: Undersea Deforestation, Churches Divest, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 20 2014 How unusu...

Climate Change This Week: Patriots Win the Fracking War, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.05.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 5, 2014 H...

10 Places That Are In Danger Of Disappearing Forever

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 09.22.2014 | Travel

After more than 400,000 people marched in NYC's People's Climate March last weekend, we're paying extra attention to how climate change can affect som...

Some Corner of a Foreign Field, Part II: British and Commonwealth War Cemeteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.18.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

If Rupert Brooke, the British World War I poet whose sonnet The Soldier immortalised the sacrifice made by the hundreds of thousands who fell in 'some...

WATCH: Lemurs Take Over HuffPost Live

Posted 05.16.2014 | Green

A trio of plucky lemurs took over the HuffPost Live studio on Friday to celebrate Dr. Patricia Wright and her ongoing conservation efforts to save the...

This Documentary Has More to Offer Than Lemurs

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.04.2014 | Teen

I thought this movie would be a story of a specific lemur living in Madagascar, but I was very wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for the wonderful adventure I experienced. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy.

It's About Time You Knew Exactly Where Vanilla Comes From

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 11.06.2014 | Taste

It turns out that vanilla is anything but boring.

Is There New Hope for Madagascar?

Russell Mittermeier | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Russell Mittermeier

Madagascar is one of the world's most unusual countries -- an iconic "hotspot" in every sense of the word. It has also been the site of devastating poverty and environmental destruction, accelerated in recent years by an ineffective, corrupt government.

Bizarre and Beautiful: Five Amazing Creatures Found Only in Madagascar

Kensington Explorers-In-Residence | Posted 04.14.2014 | Travel
Kensington Explorers-In-Residence

From invisible geckos and colorful chameleons to strange primates and otherworldly insects, here are a few amazing creatures that you may see while visiting what is arguably the most unique country in the world.

Climate Change This Week: Pipeline Picadillo, Penguin Babies, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Feb 5, 2014 How unusual has the weather been? N...

Madagascar's Radio DJ President Jockeys for Power

Jason Pack | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Jason Pack

Madagascar's recent election, on Dec. 20, 2013, offers important lessons for western policymakers seeking to repair broken democracies. The Indian Ocean island may seem politically irrelevant, but the lessons it can teach us should not be ignored.

10 Best Honeymoon Destinations in Africa

minube | Posted 02.08.2014 | Travel

From a candle-lit desert oasis to a dreamy tropical archipelago, here are the 10 best honeymoon destinations in Africa.