Salzburg-Mozart’s Hometown

The  Salzach has always been flood - prone, and as climate change, deforestation, and melting Alpine glaciers make rivers throughout Europe flood more frequently, Salzburg is increasingly at risk. What’s more, its pedestrianized historic center—known...

Florence-Bridging the Centuries

It happened in  A . D . 1117, and again in  1333 . . . and  1547,  and   1557, 1589, 1844, 1966,  1992.  Devastating  floods  have  been  a  way  of  life  in  Tuscany’s  Arno...

Venice-The Lagoon’s Sinking Jewel

Scientists estimate that this world treasure is sinking about  6.4 cm   (2 1 / 2   IN .) per  decade. Flooding is the most urgent problem. A plan to hold back the rising...

New Orleans-The Uncertain Road Back from Disaster

In august  2005, Hurricane Katrina nearly wiped the city of  New  Orleans off the face of  the  earth—a  sobering  reminder  of  just  how  fragile  our  bubble  of  civilization  can  be. Though some pockets have revived,...

Blyde River Canyon-Great Green Gorge

If your mental picture of a canyon is an arid sandstone  gorge  (as  in,  say,  the  Grand Canyon   or   Mexico’s   Copper   Canyon), South Africa’s immense Blyde River Canyon will turn your head around....

Volcanoes of the Auvergne

When  you  think  of  France,  you  may  not automatically  think  volcanoes.  Yet  in  one 385,000-hectare  (950,000-acre)  region,  no fewer  than  90  extinct  volcanic  cones—known in French as puys—rise dramatically and  eerily  above  the  pine  forests. Their symmetrical shapes,...

Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge

Seventy- Five Percent of all U.S. species that have become extinct are  Hawaiian, including  half  of  the  islands’  native  bird  species,  and  many  more  are  threatened  or endangered. Disease and habitat loss both play a role...

Barbados

Powdery, white-sandy beaches, year-round sunshine and fresh sea breezes - it's no wonder that people return time and time again to Barbados. Barbados is by far the most popular of Caribbean islands for Brits, due...

The Bronx Zoo.Urban Jungle and Garden of Eden

The 265-acre Bronx Zoo was opened in 1899 and has grown to be one of the greatest metropolitan zoos in the world, its 4,000 animals representing both endangered species like gorillas, snow leopards, and...

Virgin Gorda-Marine Playground

Oh, for the days of the age of exploration, when you could discover a new place and name  it  any  old  thing  that  popped  into your head. In 1493, on his second voyage to the New World, Christopher...

The Cliffs of Moher-Where Ireland Plunges into the Sea

Something as spectacular as the Cliffs of Moher could  never  go  undiscovered  by the   tourist   throngs.   They   are   County Clare’s  foremost  natural  wonder,  213m (700  ft.)  high  and  8km  (5  miles)  long,...

Lake Titicaca-Jewel of the Andes

Face it: The kids will talk a lot about their upcoming trip to Lake Titicaca—they just won’t  be  able  to  resist  saying  the  name. But  that’s  okay.  Once  they  get  there  and see  this  huge  deep-blue  freshwater  lake sitting...