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The Fight Against Human Trafficking: A Visit to the Indian Border with Maiti Nepal

  • Christine T. Mackay
  • 25 May 2015

A donor trip to Nepal bears witness to the work of Maiti Nepal in its fight against human trafficking, the heartbreaking tragedy of which is enormous in a country suffering from poverty, illiteracy and now recovery from major natural disaster.

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New York State Tourism: Why Frack with a Good Thing?

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 12 November 2012

Preserving the natural heritage of New York State is good policy for supporting and promoting outdoor tourism in the long run, but other interests are often at play. Here in New York, we are currently in the midst of an ongoing battle that pits the gas industry against conservationists over whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing, also called “fracking,” a controversial technique that uses chemical additives for extracting gas buried under deep shale formations.

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People Without Power: Hurricane Sandy, the World and Generosity

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 2 November 2012

I was born and raised in New York City and have an inbred appreciation for its tumult. But there are limits to tumult. What transpired a few days ago put to a test everyone’s tolerance for it. These are not easy times in many places. So if you’ve got the spirit and wherewithal to help, please do. Generously.

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Irresponsible Tourism and the Forest Fire in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

  • Marcela Torres
  • 6 February 2012

Vast areas were destroyed by a fire that forced the closure of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park between December 29, 2011, and January 4, 2012, and caused permanent environmental damage in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Unfortunately, it was not the first time that a fire has started as a result of a tourist’s irresponsible conduct.

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Video Spotlight: Vendemmia – A Documentary About Cinque Terre, Italy

  • Paul Tavner
  • 22 January 2012

This week’s Video Spotlight features the work of film-makers Krista Lee Weller and Sharon Boeckle. The American duo and their team have spent several years documenting the challenges facing the Italian region of Cinque Terre, a beautiful section of the Italian Riviera that has been strained by tourism and the desire to capitalise on it.

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How to Help Japan in the Aftermath of the Earthquake and Tsunami

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 16 March 2011

What’s happening in Japan is tragic. Rather than dwell on the much-reported disaster, the WHL Group hopes you will show solidarity with the global effort to help reach everyone in distress through any of an assortment of programs.

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Queensland, Australia, Faces Devastating Floods

  • Shaun Gilchrist
  • 15 January 2011

In 1974, the flooding Brisbane River of Queensland, Australia, peaked at 5.4 metres. It has been etched in local memory as the worst inundation the city and surrounding areas faced in the 20th century. Although the Brisbane River peaked just below the 1974 level on 13 January 2011, the damage has been far more targic and it is now the new point of reference for flood devastation.

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Floods Cripple Pakistan

  • Luke Ford
  • 21 August 2010

Flooding triggered by exceptionally heavy monsoon rains has claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people in Pakistan during the last three weeks. A country already deeply troubled by ongoing violence and political unrest, Pakistan must now deal with the anguish of up to 20 million people affected by high waters that have washed away crops and destroyed entire villages. More than 4 million people are without homes and up to 3.5 million children are living under the constant threat of water-borne illnesses.

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A Refuge for Andean Culture in Peru


  • Maureen Valentine
  • 29 July 2010

With its ancient origins in Peru’s central highlands, Quechua civilisation has an extraordinary cultural heritage. Unfortunately, a growing influx of tourism through Peru’s legendary Sacred Valley has left local indigenous villages fighting to preserve their way of life. Thankfully, an innovative local organisation aims to safeguard Andean mores through education.

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Conservation in Action: Some of What’s Happening (and Where) in the WHL Group

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 26 June 2010

Word Environment Day, a celebration since 1972 of positive action for the environment, is commemorated every year on 5 June. In keeping with its aim of raising awareness of environmental issues and inciting action, we have assembled a selection of notable projects flagged by our local partners that showcase how things can be done.

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