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Southwest's New Investment Could Mean More Jet Fuel, Fewer Forest Fires

September 26, 2014 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new Colorado company called Red Rock Biofuels is beginning to catch on in a big way.

Based in Fort Collins, Red Rock converts "woody biomass," including bark and tree branches, into renewable jet fuels. Last summer, it landed a contract with the U.S. military and this week, Southwest Airlines agreed to purchase 3 million gallons of the biofuel per year. The fuel will be produced at a soon-to-exist production plant in Oregon, and the first batch will be ready in 2016.

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The O'Hare Animals are Back for Another Season of Airport Maintenance

September 5, 2014 at 7:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Some furry friends are now back doing their thing over at Chicago-O’Hare, as they do their best to keep the airport grounds in tip-top shape.

We’ve mentioned unique airport groundskeeping crews before, but the herd that tends to the land in and around O’Hare might just be one of the best. They’re back at work this year, as goats, sheep, llamas, and donkeys are all doing their thing. They’re hungry and there’s apparently plenty to eat, as they work to eliminate all kinds of vegetation—even poison ivy.

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The Latest Airport to Edge Toward Eco-Efficiency is...

August 14, 2014 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

We don’t get to make it down to New Zealand as often as we’d like, but at least the next time we arrive we’ll feel a little bit better about our carbon footprint thanks to Auckland Airport.

The airport—the busiest one in the country—has announced all kinds of new partnerships and initiatives, and it’s all part of bringing a little bit of green to the airport experience. Officials will be spending around $2.5 million over the next few years to manage, measure, and maintain all kinds of energy usage and utilization.

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Cancun's Mindblowing Underwater Museum is Open to Visitors

Where: Cancun, Mexico
July 31, 2014 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

In 2009 we told you about a neat little conservation scheme that Mexico had brainstormed to preserve the country's coral reefs. The reefs around Cancun were getting overrun by tourists, and so the government wanted to give those tourists something different but still shiny to play with instead. In this case the folks in charge of Mexico travel decided to build the world's largest underwater museum, and to fill it with precious sculptures. It would give divers a brand new thing to explore. Clever clever.

Fast forward half a decade, and CNN just did a full-blown photo spread on the now-completed Museo Subacuático de Arte. The museum's collection is filled with among other things sculptures by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The article explains that the cement was covered with a particular kind of material that boosts coral growth, with the aim being that the art of providing a skeleton for a brand new coral reef.

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What Does Sustainability and 'Eco-Travel' in Costa Rica Even Mean?

Where: Costa Rica
July 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this week, our bro HotelChatter took a look at what it means for hotels to be eco-friendly and sustainable in Costa Rica. Instead of stars, a property is awarded anywhere from 0 to 5 leafs that represent its cooperation with the requirements set forth by the country’s Board of Tourism in its Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST).

The certificate was designed with the purpose of differentiating businesses and their level of responsibility as it relates to sustainable tourism. Hotels are definitely the most talked about entity when it comes to sustainability rankings, partly because they are the most consumptuous and partly because it is a trend that has caught on with the rest of the world. LEED Certifications, for example.

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Southwest Airlines Turns Old Seat Surfaces Into Soccer Balls

Where: Kenya
July 21, 2014 at 8:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’d imagine that refreshing and upgrading a cabin creates plenty of trash, rubbish, and garbage. However, it looks like the leather seating surfaces used by Southwest Airlines will find a second life after their time up in the air is complete.

The airline details things over on their blog, but we figured we would share things with you as well. It’s pretty darn neat. It’s all part of the airline’s program called LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose, as they turn old stuff into better stuff—or what they call upcycling rather than recycling.

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Taking in the Pretty at Singapore's National Orchid Garden

Where: National Orchid Garden, Botanic Gardens, Singapore, Singapore
July 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Singapore might be synonymous with skyscrapers (many just tall, some tall and slightly mental) and shopping malls, but there is a place to escape the city and focus on things much smaller and delicate: the beautiful orchids on display inside the city’s National Orchid Garden, showcasing over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids.

Part of Singapore’s Botanic Gardens, which date back to 1859, it’s a perfect antidote to a few days of city life, whether you’re an avid horticulturalist or just appreciate the pretty. The small entrance fee (SGD5 / $4) is worth it, especially since access to the rest of the Gardens is free.

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A New List of America's Top 10 Zoos Needs Some (Minor) Adjustments

June 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

Apparently USA Today owns something called 10Best. We don't know much about 10Best, except that it seems to publish travel-related Top 10 lists and its Twitter profile goes back to 2008. The division - we suppose it counts as a media division - also just published a list of the U.S.'s top 10 zoos.

That list, which was the result of four weeks of online voting and which we've reproduced below, is in a very precise sense obviously and straightforwardly incorrect.

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There are So Many Baby Animals at the DC Zoo Right Now

May 8, 2014 at 6:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Washington DC has now had sunshine without rain for almost 24 hours straight, so that's enough for us to declare that winter is over and the unbearable humidity of summer can begin. As always during the summer months - and we actually flag this transition for you every year - that means we're going to stray from travel politics stories and into the occasional zoo travel roundup. Partly it's because nothing happens in Washington during the summer and we need content. But really it's because, by the time May hits, we just can't take these people any more. If you want to mark the precise moment we broke this year, in fact, here's the exact post from last week about the TSA.

Meanwhile the Smithsonian's National Zoo, which is across the street from Jaunted's DC headquarters, is overflowing with baby animals. So let's talk about them instead, shall we? Videos embedded at the bottom.

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Here's What Could Be Replacing the Horse and Carriage Rides of NYC's Central Park

April 21, 2014 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s a new sheriff mayor in town, and he doesn’t really see the charm and nostalgia of the horse drawn carriages doing their thing in and around New York City’s central park. Mayor Bill de Blasio has only been in office for a few months, but he’s made it clear that he wants the horses to head elsewhere for a variety of reasons. We won’t agree or disagree with his thoughts and opinions, but we will let you know of an alternative—old timey horseless carriages.

The New York International Auto Show is busy doing its thing, and as part of the show The Creative Workshop showed off a prototype of what it calls a Horseless eCarriage. There’s oversized wheels, room for up to eight tourists, a lot of shiny brass, and a really big battery—as the whole thing is electric.

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The Mother of All Gardens Remains Santa Barbara's Best Kept Secret

April 9, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Santa Barbara distracts many with its beaches, wine country, and ocean-hugging mountains, but amongst the protective landscaping that hides the estates of neighboring Montecito sits the area's best kept secret: Lotusland, a 37-acre outdoor garden containing 3,000 plant species from all over the world.

Originally designed to be a retreat for Tibetan monks, the property features about two dozen unique garden plots that allow you to immerse yourself in different ecosystems. One minute you're strolling through an arid, hardy cactus garden, and the next you've entered a peaceful, Japanese-themed plot of land, an aloe garden, or are walking under tropical trees. One of the crown jewels of Lotusland is its Cycad Garden, a species that dates back nearly 300 million years.

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'Glacier Under Canvas' is Popping Tents in the Trees for the First Time in Montana

March 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Glamping is coming to another National Park this summer.

After the success of "Yellowstone Under Canvas," the Under Canvas Group is bringing their luxury camping to the Glacier National Park in Glacier, MT.

The camp, located 7 miles outside Glacier Park, will offer fully furnished safari tents, tipis, and deluxe suites with king-sized beds and full bathrooms. For the first time, the accommodations will also include tree house tents with amazing views and cabins. As part of their partnership with Leave No Trace, Under Canvas is also taking steps to ensure the camp has minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

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