Rainbow with a dark overcast sky above suburban houses in London, England.

Living with the Weather in London

Expert author and long-time London resident Karen White shares her experiences with the weather and seasons in London, from dealing with short winter days and long summer ones, its stereotypical rainy streets, and the relatively uncommon experience of snow–and occurrence that, when it finally happens, unfortunately throws the city into chaos.

This tree's conical spikes store water. Photo © Elizabeth Perkins.

Nicaragua’s Forest Ecosystems

Nicaragua’s varied topography and uneven rainfall distribution, not to mention the presence of tropical reefs, volcanoes, and volcanic crater lakes, result in a phenomenal diversity of terrain and ecosystems.

Covehead Lighthouse on Prince Edward Island. Photo © Vadim Petrov/123rf.

Exploring Prince Edward Island National Park

The sandy beaches, dunes, sandstone cliffs, marshes, and forestlands of Prince Edward Island National Park represent the island as it once was, unspoiled by 20th-century development. Opportunities to explore the park are many, with interpretive centers, plenty of hiking, beautiful sandy beaches and campgrounds of all kinds.

Closeup of a Heliconia rostrata flower.

Costa Rica’s Incredibly Diverse Plant Life

Costa Rica’s tropical location, in combination with its remarkable diversity of local relief and climates, has resulted in the evolution of a stupendously rich biota. Some habitats, such as the mangrove swamps, are relatively simple. Others, particularly the ecosystem of the tropical rainforests of the Caribbean lowlands and the Nicoya and Osa Peninsulas, are among the most complex on the planet.

Tamarisk trees growing on the banks of the Colorado River as it cuts through a canyon in Utah.

Environmental Issues in Utah’s National Parks

While Utah’s national parks have generally been shielded from the environmental issues that play out in the rest of the state, increasing popularity has seen a rise of several environmental issues. Do your part by being aware of the issues outlined here.

Deep in the forests you can sometimes see elusive birds like the fiery red ‘i‘iwi.

Birds of the Hawaiian Islands

While a variety of birds flourished on the Hawaiian islands, today many of these diverse and incredible species are listed as threatened or endangered.

City lights shine dimly through a haze that resembles fog.

Air Quality and Other Environmental Factors in South Korea

Thanks to innovations such as natural-gas bus fleets, the designation of greenbelts, and tighter restrictions on factories, South Korea’s air quality has improved, especially in larger cities such as notoriously smoggy Seoul. Read on to learn about the country’s air quality, water quality, sanitation, and more.

Spiky isote plants grow on a steep hillside on a coffee plantation.

Environmental Issues in Guatemala

Despite conservation efforts, environmental issues can seem daunting at times. Al Argueta discusses deforestation, air quality, open-pit mining, and other issues threatening Guatemala’s natural resources.