Apr. 18, 2017
The tonic of the wilderness was Henry David Thoreau’s classic prescription for civilization and its discontents, offered in the 1854 essay Walden: Or, Life in the Woods. Now there’s scientific evidence supporting eco-therapy. The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.
Apr. 13, 2017
Some recent news came as a relief to all nature lovers: the Norwegian government will no longer buy products that are associated with tropical deforestation. This means that the parliament will no longer award government contracts to any company that cuts down and destroys forests.
Mar 20, 2017
Alpine winter tourism is one of Austria’s most important economic sectors, but it is also one of the largest drivers of natural disasters in the countries’ mountainous landscapes.
Reaching 30,000 kilometers in length, the ski slopes of the Alps cover almost three quarters of the earth’s circumference. 11,000 lifts and cableways are already available. Nevertheless, 164 new facilities are planned in the Alps, 82 of them in Austria. This will lead to further overload of the natural areas and increased ecological footprint.

Aug. 11, 2016
Controversial razor-wire fence put up by Slovenia along its border with Croatia could wipe out local bear, lynx and wolf populations, say researchers

The death toll of animals killed by a razor wire fence designed to stop migrants crossing into Europe is mounting, amid warnings that bears, lynx and wolves could become locally extinct if the barrier is completed and consolidated.
Jul 06, 2016
It’s been 988 days and nights since the European Commission announced that it was planning a ‘fitness check’ of the Birds and Habitats Directives. Yet, after all this time, we’re still waiting for a conclusion of this saga and a clear statement from the Commission, writes Andreas Baumüller.
Mar 09, 2016
Skiers are accused of destroying the very wilderness they love. We asked two experts for their views on the sport's impact, and got two very different responses. Now have your say
Feb. 17, 2016
Bears, birds and butterflies at risk as Bulgaria prepares to build EU-funded road through the stunning Kresna valley conservation area

Bulgaria is planning to carve a motorway to Greece through a spectacular gorge famed for its golden eagles, griffon vultures and peregrine falcons, in defiance of an EU order to tunnel the road. The 11-mile Kresna valley is also a crucial migratory path for bears, wolves and jackals, with a warm micro-climate that bridges the southern fringe of the Balkans with the northern tip of the Mediterranean.
Mar 12, 2015
The world's national parks and nature reserves receive eight billion tourist visits a year, generating around $600bn of spending, according to research.

The tourism income vastly outweighs the $10bn a year spent safeguarding them, says a Cambridge University team.

The study, published in PLOS Biology, highlights the need for more investment in protected areas, they say.
Dec. 08, 2014
Heavy rains, flash floods, and rockslides in Slovakia cause $6.7 million in damage; ski resort suffers extensive damage but nobody was hurt

Images of a Slovakian ski resort extensively damaged by flash floods and rockslides last week are beginning to surface in the U.S.—thanks, New Schoolers—and they are not pretty. A torrential downpour resulted in flooding and a huge landslide that buried parts of Vrátna Dolina ski resort and caused $6.7 million worth of damage throughout the region, The Slovak Spectator reported on Monday.
Nov. 18, 2014
When the chief of Romanian Intelligence (SRI) declared last autumn that ‘eco-anarchist elements’ infiltrated the Roșia Montana protests, very few people took this statement seriously. The general attitude has been to dismiss the statement as being paranoid at best, and ludicrous at worst. However, when a few months later, the protest area in Pungești became ‘special area of public security’, flooded with police, and thoroughly controlled, it became clear that the Romanian state was not joking. Environmental activism is strictly controlled, and anytime the government perceives some excess, it steps in to curtail the process. For the general public, this heavy-handed treatment of people exercising their democratic rights is legitimised by security concerns.
Nov. 14, 2014
The Rhodope Mountains have today officially become a part of the Rewilding Europe initiative, after a period of intensive preparations for it within the region.

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Mar 29, 2014
There aren’t many places in the world I despise. Places that fill me with disgust. One of those places is Ko Phi Phi, Thailand. I have never understood the hype about it or why people like it so much. Other than being a place to buy expensive drinks, it really has no redeeming qualities. Just like Sunny Beach, Bulgaria.
...Ten years ago, it was a quiet seaside town with beautiful beaches and good clubs. But just like with so many other destinations in the world, as word got out about how nice it was, it got more and more popular and more and more built for tourists. Just as Phuket, Ko Phi Phi, and Cancun turned into these gawdy resort towns, Sunny Beach went the same way.
Oct. 04, 2013
Scientists have for the first time found dangerous levels of radioactivity and salinity at a shale gas waste disposal site that could contaminate drinking water. If the UK follows in the steps of the US "shale gas revolution", it should impose regulations to stop such radioactive buildup, they said.

The Duke University study, published on Wednesday, examined the water discharged from Josephine Brine Treatment Facility into Blacklick Creek, which feeds into a water source for western Pennsylvania cities, including Pittsburgh. Scientists took samples upstream and downstream from the treatment facility over a two-year period, with the last sample taken in June this year.
Jun 15, 2012
A dozen protesters have been arrested in Bulgaria after they campaigned against a controversial new forestry law.

Several hundred activists clashed with police and blocked traffic in the centre of the capital Sofia on Wednesday after the new bill was passed in parliament.

Environmental group World Wildlife Fund has warned that the new legislation will doom Bulgaria’s forests, farms and natural habitat.
The changes will relax rules on building ski runs and other ski facilities in protected areas.

Critics say the law will benefit a handful of private companies and claim the government will lose millions from the waiving of fees to change the status of key areas of land.

WWF called on Bulgaria’s president to veto the new law and says it will raise the issue at the EU level.