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Six Hot, Hot Tips for Traveling This Summer

Richard Bangs | Posted 09.06.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

I've distilled lessons on how to stay cool and calm and untroubled while traveling this summer.

Going Up in Smoke: Why You Should Care About Indonesia's Fires

David Fogarty | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
David Fogarty

While the fires in Indonesia might seem far away for many people, they are everyone's problem. Many of the blazes are on deep peat lands, producing huge plumes of smoke and large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are stoking climate change.

Litter from Indonesia -- Rubble in Paradise: Cleaning Up the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Garbage breeds everywhere -- old sneakers, crushed beer cans, plastic bottles, broken glass and plastic household items defile the ought-to-be pristine shores.

Pointers, Please, for Spotting Wild Life: Mr. Magoo on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 12.09.2013 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Serendipity does sometimes smile upon me, and it did a few months ago when I was on a tossing, rolling tin motorboat on the roiling South Pacific off the Austral island of Rurutu in French Polynesia, looking for whales.

Find Your Peace of Mind at Pagang Island

Rumaisha Rifdah Mukhlishah | Posted 11.25.2013 | Travel
Rumaisha Rifdah Mukhlishah

Pagang Island is only one site of many nature sites and beautiful scenic areas in West Sumatra.

Thousands Flee As Volcano Erupts

AP | BINSAR BAKKARA | Posted 11.15.2013 | World

MEDAN, Indonesia — More than 6,200 people were evacuated from their villages following the eruption of Mount Sinabung in western Indonesia, an o...

Sumatra's Vivid Red Orangutans in their Final Redoubts - Within Earshot of Whining Chainsaws

Mike Arkus | Posted 11.12.2013 | Travel
Mike Arkus

High in the branches, a vivid orange-red blur stirs behind the green leaves -- a young male slowly swinging his way in search of fruit

Don't Call Me Stinky: Corpse Flower Looks Beautiful, Smells Horrible

The Huffington Post | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 09.19.2013 | Science

You have 48 hours to get to Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens on the island of Hawaii to get a whiff of "Stinky 2," one of the world’s smelliest...

Indonesia Proposes Virginity Test For Students

AP | Posted 08.20.2013 | World

PALEMBANG, Indonesia -- Indonesian officials on Tuesday dismissed as excessive and unethical a proposal by an education official on Sumatra island tha...

The Last Tree for Orangutans

Niel Makinuddin | Posted 10.19.2013 | Green
Niel Makinuddin

Love orangutans? Then today -- World Orangutan Day, Aug. 19 -- is a day for you to celebrate.

Hundreds Of Inmates Escape From Indonesian Prison

AP | BINSAR BAKKARA | Posted 07.12.2013 | World

MEDAN, Indonesia -- Authorities were searching for scores of inmates, including terrorists, who escaped a crowded Indonesian prison that was still bur...

Palm Oil in American Stores Sending the Sumatran Rhino Into Extinction

Robert Hii | Posted 07.20.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

With less than 30 animals left in Borneo and an estimated 80 animals in Sumatra, the Sumatran rhino should be a constant reminder to all consumers of the devastating effect industrial palm oil plantations have on wildlife.

Three Years Left to Live?

Mikko Alanne | Posted 03.31.2013 | Green
Mikko Alanne

The main culprit in the catastrophe facing orangutans is palm oil, a widely used cheap additive found in everything from food products to biofuels. Indeed, estimates say palm oil is now in more than 50 percent of all consumer goods.

Formerly Blind Mama Orangutan Can See Her Babies For The First Time

AP | Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A formerly blind Sumatran orangutan can see her baby twins for the first time after undergoing cataract surgery in the first suc...

What Will It Take to Win the Gold in Rainforest Defense?

Rebecca Tarbotton | Posted 10.17.2012 | Green
Rebecca Tarbotton

In the Olympics of forest defense, protection of natural rainforests from destruction by the companies feeding voracious markets is what will make the difference between a gold medal and unimaginable loss... and optimistic it may be, but I'm putting my money on a win.

A Horned Little 60-Pound Bundle of Hope for Rhinos in Sumatra

Jeffrey Flocken | Posted 08.27.2012 | Green
Jeffrey Flocken

The birth of this baby Sumatran rhino is hopefully just the first of more to come -- injecting new genes, new life, and new hope into a species that many feared might never see another calf born again.

Rare And Super-Smelly, Gigantic Corpse Flower Set To Bloom

Posted 03.14.2012 | Science

By: Brett Israel Published: 03/13/2012 06:53 PM EDT on OurAmazingPlanet A rare corpse flower is expected to roll down its blood-red skirt and un...

Sumatran Elephants Could Be Extinct In 30 Years

AP | Posted 01.24.2012 | Green

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The Sumatran elephant could be extinct in the wild within three decades unless immediate steps are taken to slow the breakneck p...

Gibbon Attacks Boy In Brief Zoo Escape

AP | Posted 02.13.2012 | World

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A gibbon attacked two children, including one who was seriously injured, after escaping from an enclosure at a zoo in s...

How Two 15-Year-Old Girl Scouts Are Changing a Giant Food Conglomerate

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

When Kellogg's announced that it is moving to limit the deforestation caused by the palm oil it uses to make Girl Scout cookies, it represented an enormous achievement for two 15-year-old girls from Michigan.

Long After Tsunami, Rotary's Youth Centre Continues in Aceh, Indonesia

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I arrived in Aceh a few weeks after the catastrophic Tsunami of December 2004. As founder of Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW), I wanted to use ...

WATCH: Chain-Smoking Toddler Quits, But Others Tots Light Up

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The two-year-old Indonesian toddler who sparked a global outcry when footage of him chain-smoking cigarettes went viral has finally kicked his habit. ...

Women Meet in Jakarta to Harness Their Economic Power

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tamar Abrams

In a meeting room surrounded by lush tropical landscaping, 20 women from Southeast Asia are meeting in Jakarta to develop their leadership, management and advocacy skills.

Orangutan Genocide Continues in Indonesia

Deborah Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deborah Bassett

This highly sophisticated species whose DNA is 97 percent similar to homo sapiens will be the first great ape to become extinct if urgent action is not immediately taken.

Indonesia Earthquake: 7.4 Quake Rattles North Sumatra Province

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 rattled Indonesia's North Sumatra province Sunday, prompting a brief loca...