Posts by Genevieve Valliere-Kelley

A Hot 2015 Hurricane Season in the Pacific

Despite the 2015 hurricane season coming to a close in the Pacific Ocean, it continues to be a hot topic amongst both meteorologists and civilians. Setting records in a variety of areas and threatening popular tourist destinations along the Pacific coastlines, it’s certainly a season that will go down in the record books. What Happened? […]

Sex Trade and Trafficking: The Philippines

When it comes to Southeast Asia, the Philippines has never stood alone in the issues of poverty. Further complicating these issues was the direct hit on the Philippines in late 2013 by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). The typhoon in the Atlantic devastated the region and was recorded as the deadliest typhoon to hit the Philippines. […]

Wildlife Tourism: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Wildlife tourism has long been an attraction for people. From bullfighting halfway across the world to visiting the local zoo, it has played a predominant role in not only the way we learn as adults, but also in the way we teach our children about the natural world and our interactions with that world. However, […]

Pope Francis Takes a Stand on Climate Change

On June 18, 2015, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church released an encyclical, one of the most formal documents that can be published regarding Catholic doctrine. This particular release, however, was one for the history books as it is highly controversial within the church. Pope Francis released a statement discussing climate change and environmental […]

A Conservation Success: The Return of the Giant Tortoise

The Galapagos Islands sit on the Equator approximately 620 miles off the coast of Ecuador as a series of remote islands created by lava formations, similar in their nature to Hawaii. Boasting an ecosystem uniquely showcasing incredible biodiversity and exotic landscapes, they are quite deserving of their nickname given by Charles Darwin during the time […]

Nepal Rocked by Devastating Quake

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale devastated Nepal. With damages cost estimates looking to exceed 20% of the country’s GDP, the recent earthquake has also left in its wake a death toll of at least 8,000 people so far and laid waste to vast areas of land […]