Here’s How Climate Change Will Ruin Your Winter Vacation

People who like to vacation in the snowy mountains and enjoy skiing better start transitioning to surfing and waterboarding in the near future, because long cold, heavy winters are just about over. Who do you have to thank for this? The human race.

The effects of Global warming may be easy to miss for the majority of the population. However, ski resort owners who rely on natural snow for their slopes find it impossible to ignore. The investments into artificial snowmachines have seen a dramatic increase due to the lack of natural snow – the changing Global temperatures should not be ignored.

A new report from geosciences journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences may increase some resort’s fears of a shrinking ski season suggesting that by 2050, mountains in the Upper Colorado River Basin (which stretches across Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, U.S.A) could cause the spring thaw to occur as many as 6 weeks earlier than usual because of global warming and the occurrence of extreme dust events in the region.

The NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) had this to say about climate change. “Without intervention, winter temperatures are projected to warm an additional 4 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, with subsequent decreases in snow cover area, snowfall, and shorter snow season,” the NRDC reported. “Snow depths could decline in the west by 25 to 100 percent. The length of the snow season in the northeast will be cut in half…All of this translates into less snow and fewer people on the slopes.”

If you’re thinking to yourself “well I’m fine I don’t even like skiing” think again. All that disappearing snow doesn’t literally just disappear, it melts and has to end up somewhere. The majority of the melting snow is going into rivers which flow to the lakes which flow to the Oceans. All in all you can expect your favourite low-lying island nations to be consumed into the Ocean. Islands at severe risk are as follows.

Republic of Kiribati

The Pacific Ocean holds the nation of Kiribati, a 266-square-mile republic on 32 atolls and one island. With a population of about 103,000, this archipelago of coral atolls covers an oceanic expanse equal to the size of the United States. Most of the island nation does not lie more than 3 meters above sea level. For this reason, its residents are greatly concerned about the impact of warming seas. Recently, President Anote Tong revealed that his Cabinet had endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. The plan is to potentially move the entire population off of Kiribati.

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Republic of Maldives

The Maldives are a picturesque chain comprising more than 1,100 islands and atolls in the Indian Ocean. However, this paradise may soon be lost to rising sea levels. The highest parts of the Maldives rise to no more than 8 feet. This leaves its nearly 400,000 residents at great risk of storm surges and rising seas. The island received considerable damage in the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which decimated fresh water supplies and damaged homes. Further, extreme mining of the protective sand and coral around the islands has made them even more vulnerable to rising waters. In 2009, then-President Mohamed Nasheed emerged during the Copenhagen Summit as the face of this issue on a planetary scale. As Salon noted, “if his country cannot be saved from rising sea levels, then there may be no saving Tokyo or Mumbai or New Orleans or New York.”

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Republic of Fiji

The people of Kiribati may want to rethink their plans to relocate to Fiji, as this 7,056-square-mile island nation in the South Pacific is pondering its own ways to face the challenges of climate change. While its larger islands contain mountains as high as 4,000 feet above sea level, Fiji is still concerned about the effects of climate change. As the World Health Organization reports, climate change is expected to influence extremes of too little and too much water in the form of severe storms and droughts. Further, such extreme weather is expected to make the island’s population of 909,000 more sensitive to climate-sensitive diseases, such as water-borne illnesses.

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So next time, think about taking your bike to work for once or carpool with some friends. don’t throw that garbage in the ditch even though it may seem easier. As a race we need to work together and find a real logical solution to our pollution and climate change problems.. before it’s too late.

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Top 10 Cities to Spot Celebrities

Here we begin the countdown of the top ten cities to spot celebrities, can you guess number one? In today’s world people are infatuated with celebrity lifestyle, seeing how they live their day to days lives is a guilty pleasure for a lot of people especially reality Tv lovers.

10. Paris, France

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Paris is the city known for its luxury stores, with Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent among many other top French fashion brands. The French tradition of good food still prevails in many restaurants, including gastronomic restaurants and excellent family style places. The city serves as home to both many European and North American celebrities of the world. Paris is a modern and dynamic city with significant university’s, administrative, scientific and political activities. The city’s history, fabulous architecture, wonderful restaurants and many amenities make it the choice of many celebrities, many of whom own homes here such as Paris resident Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame. Historically Oscar Wilde and singer Jim Morrison were residents as well. Though she does not live there Gwyneth Paltrow is a huge fan of Paris and visits often, ever since she was taken there as a child by her late father. Major film production companies based here are Pathé and Gaumont. In 2012, 142 movies were shot in this city and I am sure that this is attractive to actors who maintain a residence in Paris.

9. New Orleans, Louisiana

Also called, Hollywood South and The Big Easy this city is another very popular choice for celebrities to call home partly due to the tax breaks afforded to members of the entertainment industry. Many of the major film and television production companies maintain facilities here. The Port of New Orleans is the 5th largest port in the US. The birthplace of Jazz, it is a charming town, well known for its distinct French architecture, multilingual heritage, cuisine, music and annual celebrations, most notably, Mardi Gras. The very first Mardi Gras parade took place here in 1838. Celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have homes there, as do Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr. Add to these actors Matthew McConaughey. No surprise to see celebrities living here, as in 2012 over 200 films were made in New Orleans which in addition to the city’s charm and aforementioned tax break make it a very attractive venue for celebrities.

8. London, England

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London has 22 national museums and 100 theaters, 50 of which are located in its famous West End area. The London Subway (known as The Tube), was built in 1863, and was the first metro of the world. Of course there is also a British Monarchy ruling and Royal-watching adds to the list of celebrities you can see. Celebrities who are locals include Elton John, Colin Firth, Mick Jagger. Many major film and television production companies are based here, such as ITC Entertainment, British Lion Films, Elstree and Pinewood Studios making for plentiful location and in-studio filming and this certainly attracts actors to live in or maintain residences in London such as Gwen Stefani, Ewan McGregor and Jude Law. Visiting stars like Johnny Depp and Kate Hudson love London and also like the proximity of nearby more tranquil Dublin, Ireland. Film production in London for 2012 was about 400 movies.\

7. Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco is the second smallest country in the world. It is bordered by France on the North, South and West with the Mediterranean Sea to its East. A constitutional monarchy/principality ruled by a descendant of Grimaldi family, which is the oldest ruling house in Europe. In 1956 it is where actress Grace Kelly married Prince Ranier and became Princess Grace. It’s famous for its casino in Monte Carlo and the Monaco Grand Prix race. This tax haven along the French Riviera is a favorite celebrity destination and who can blame them? Where else can one gamble away their money, sip martinis and live tax-free? A lot of location production occurs in this principality. Monte Carlo has been featured in numerous films, most recently in the 2011 movie of the same name and most memorably in 1954’s To Catch A Thief with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Her children still live there. Her son Prince Albert II has reigned here since 2005. Actor James Caan regularly dines in Monte Carlo and is seen there on his yacht. He also has a home very close to Monte Carlo.

6. Chicago, Illinois

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“The Windy City” as it is also known has been home to many firsts, among these the world’s first skyscraper in 1885, not to mention Twinkies were born here. The city has 200 theaters and over 5000 restaurants. The Chicago area was a central place for film production that was established before Hollywood became the capital of film production. In the early 1900s Essanay Studios, produced the greatest number of films here starring the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson. Also filmed here were Home Alone, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Chicago Fire and of course The Oprah Winfrey Show. It stands to reason one is just about guaranteed to site celebrities here especially those who call it home such as actors Joan Cusack, R. Kelly and Steve Harvey.

5. Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is Canada’s third-largest city. It also ranks third in the world as best to live in for quality of life. It is also known as “Hollywood North” since Vancouver is second only to Los Angeles in television production (the X-Files was filmed here) and third in North America for feature film shooting. Local film and television production companies who call it home include ACE Entertainment, Sepia Films, Omnifilm and Vidcom. Generally celebrities want to be right in the downtown area or on the North Shore, As a result, Vancouver has become either a temporary or permanent home to many celebrities including actors Renee Zellweger, Hugh Jackman, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Halle Berry, Robert Pattinson. Famous people who were born here include Michael J. Fox, Pamela Anderson, Michael Buble and many others. All these factors make Vancouver a great location for stargazing.

4.  Miami, Florida

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Also known as “America’s Riviera” is one of the hottest sub-tropical vacation destinations in the world. If parasailing, windsurfing or wave-running are on your list, this is the place for them all. South Beach is rated the number one beach in America in 2008 by the Travel Channel. The city is a popular location for filming movies and television and local production companies include Dark Cloud Studios, Blue Nile Productions and White Lotus Productions. Thus, Miami is a great place to spot stars including celebrities Gloria Estefan, Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias all of whom call it home. Visiting luminaries who have residences here include Sean Combs, Mickey Rourke, as well as baseball players Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sousa Whether you stroll by the News Café on Ocean Drive or just about any location along Lincoln Avenue, you’re likely to site some celebrities.

3. Las Vegas, Nevada

Also often referred to as “Sin City” this is a town built in the middle of the desert in Nevada specifically with adult fun and games in mind. It is renowned the world over as a gambling and party Mecca that made, “What happens in Vegas Stays In Vegas” it’s official advertising slogan. There is also the nearby and mysterious “Area 51”, a classified military facility in central Nevada which until this year the U.S. government had refused to acknowledge even existed. Whether you’re there for the gambling or one of the many lavish and fantastic shows you will almost certainly be seeing stars in this town—perhaps the alien kind or maybe entertainers like Nicolas Cage, Debbie Reynolds, Gladys Knight live there

2. New York City, New York

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It is no surprise that the “Big Apple” makes this list. Also referred to as “the city that never sleeps”, New York is one of the most talked about towns in the world. Richly cultural and a major commerce hub it is at once ethnically diverse and all-American. A melting-pot of 20 million people, there is some of everything for everyone here. Just scratching its surface, you’ll see skyscrapers, the United Nations Headquarters and the Statue of Liberty. It is home to some of the best restaurants and live entertainment in the world on Broadway and off. NYC is film and television production hub hand in addition to major studio presences such companies as Silvercup Studios, Tribeca Film Center and Hearst Entertainment call it home. Thus so many celebrities live here too, including Woody Allen, Yoko Ono, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Madonna. In fact there is even a “NYC Celebrity Map” with the star’s picture on a ballpark idea of where they live. From the downtown Wall Street area and back up to Central Park, celebrities can be seen just about anywhere in New York City.

1.Los Angeles, California

This city is home to all the major television and film production studios and is where a major portion of film and television has been produced. So of course many industry luminaries live and work in L.A. including Tom Cruise, Ben Stiller, Kevin Bacon and wife actress Kyra Sedgwick and Jennifer Aniston to name just a few. The climate in L.A. has often been described as “perfect” and with good reason. Most summer days are warm and sunny, offering locals and vacationers a chance to spend a day at the beach.

Los Angeles is the only city in North America to have hosted the Summer Olympics twice. It also has more than 300 museums and tourist attractions like the Walk of Fame’s “collection of stars” (numbering 2,482 and growing by one or two a month.) Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world – they don’t call it “Tinsel Town” for nothing and it’s a sure place to spot celebrities.

Cheapest Places to Travel During the Year

Traveling is a luxury and like most luxurious it can be costly, that is why I put together this blog for the beginners. To highlight the best and cheapest places to go during each of the 12 months, let’s get to it!

January: You can save 33 percent on hotels in the city of Los Angeles this month, when the nightly average rate for four-star properties dips down to $212—the lowest all year. You can use that extra spending money on great eateries in downtown L.A. such as Bestia if you’re in the mood for Italian located; 2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA. Or head over to Universal studios Hollywood where the offer a theme park and tours for groups around the studios located; 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, USA.  Overall in Los Angeles there will always be something to do for even the most meticulous of people.

February: It’s not just hotels that are cheaper in Hong Kong in February, though they drop as low as $125 for a four-star spot this month. It’s also peak season for shoppers (who can benefit from excellent sales) and culture lovers (who can check out the Spring Lantern Festival or celebrate Chinese New Year’s in style). If you do like shopping then maybe the Ocean Park is more of your style, fun for the whole family rides and attractions and wild animals.

March: It’s not quite a warm weather getaway, but springtime in the U.S. translates to temperate autumn in Buenos Aires—a perfect time to explore on your own two feet. You can find four-star accommodations for as little as $55 (really!), which more than justifies the long-haul flight. For attractions you can visit La Recoleta Cemetery, a cemetery located in the Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Built in 1822, this statue-rich cemetery features mausoleums of many notables, including Eva Perón, Junín 1760, 1113 CABA, Argentina.

April: May through October is Copenhagen’s busy tourist season, and in this small but delightful city, you can really feel the crush. Visit in April and you’ll save 38 percent on your room, without dealing with Scandinavia’s super-short days and frighteningly cold winter temperatures. For attractions visit Iconic bronze mermaid sculpture, by Edvard Eriksen, of a character from H.C. Andersen’s fairy tale, Langelinie, 2100 København Ø, Denmark. Or take a tour of the National Museum of Denmark, the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history, comprising the histories of Danish and foreign cultures, alike, Prinsens Palæ, Ny Vestergade 10, 1471 København K, Denmark.

May: Sure, it’s a global capital and never a cheap ticket but London offers surprising value if you go after May Day (the bank holiday falls on May 2 this year). The average nightly rate for the week that follows: $216. For entertainment and culture visit Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality.

June: June is shoulder season in Beijing; the weather is mild but there aren’t any domestic holidays, which means a dip in local travelers. Go now and expect to pay under $80 a night for your four-star hotel. Attractions in Beijing includes: a visit to the great wall of China located in Huairou, China. For great eateries in the Beijing area visit Temple Restaurant Beijing  located 23 Shatan N St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China.

July: Heading to Sydney during the middle of our summer means a reprieve from ultra-hot days and savings of 44 percent on peak season hotel prices according to Booking.com’s data. But don’t let the idea of winter in July scare you away—the temperatures stay up in around 17 degrees. The food scene in Australia is just as hot as the weather. Take some time to visit the Spice Room located Quay Apartments, The Quay Building, 2 Phillip St, Sydney. This restaurant is quoted as, “Charming, vintage-chic restaurant serving upmarket Indian street food, sharing plates and curries.” 

August: The scenester capital of Europe (Berlin) offers good hotel deals year-round (you will love the Hotel Zoo, a design hotel with spacious and affordable suites next door to—you guessed it—the Berlin Zoological Garden). August is when you’ll save the most cash on hotels, with rates that hover around the $100 mark.  For attractions visit the infamous Berlin Wall, the Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989.

September:There’s No bad time of the year to visit perennially dreamy Rome, but September is the best. Since many Europeans take off for the month of August, the city is back to its normal bustle—sans local travelers. That translates to great values, along the lines of $131 per night for four-star hotels. For fun take a tour of the Colosseum.The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. Located Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma, Italy.

October: If whale-watching is up your alley, try doing it from Table Mountain,Cape Town.October makes for perfect timing—and hotels will cost you no more than $80 on average. For fun take a ride on the very popular Cape Wheel described as, “40-meter observation wheel featuring 30 air-conditioned, enclosed cabins for sweeping views.” For local food try the Pot Luck Club, located The Silo, The Old Biscuit Mill, 373-375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa. This restaurant is described as, Sophisticated tapas served in a chic, buzzy locale with glass walls & views of Table Mountain.

November: If you’re in Rio, chances are you want to lay out on Copacabana Beach—and in November, the temperatures are just right, with highs in the low 80s. The most expensive season here is late December, when prices are 37 percent higher. For food try the Rio 40 Restaurant, described as Brazilian dishes served in an airy space with soaring windows & ceilings, plus a sidewalk patio. Located  1256 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E 1B9 and is open from 10:00-12:00pm.

December: The first two weeks of December are a magical time to be in Frankfurt, what with the beautiful Christmas markets and festive displays. They’re also the cheapest, hotel-wise—you’ll find rates 56 percent cheaper than their peak, with four-stay hotels going for about $112 per night. For entertainment visit the Frankfurt Zoological Garden, The Frankfurt Zoological Garden is the zoo of Frankfurt, Germany. It features over 4,500 animals of more than 510 species on more than 11 hectares.