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PLANET EARTH : 10 Places You Must See Before They Disappear


NOV. 14, 2013, 5:05 PM

Peter Guttman

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing.

Scientists contend that climate change is affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities, leading to potentially drastic changes.

Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their unique cultures.

Here are 10 places on the brink of forever changing, and some that are threatening to disappear altogether. Trust us, you want to see these now—just remember to travel responsibly and respectfully.

This post originally appeared at Fodor's. Copyright 2013. Follow Fodor's on Twitter.

Easter Island

Andrzej Gibasiewicz/Shutterstock

Where: Chile

Known for its famous 887 moai—carved monolithic statues—Easter Island's future may be compromised by a fading culture. The remote island has a small population of 5,000, of which fewer than half are Rapa Nui (the indigenous peo…

U.S. carrier starts Philippine storm relief; death toll jumps


TACLOBAN, Philippines 

Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:10pm EST

1 OF 19. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Eric Chiarito (L) and Marine Sgt. Jonathan Thornton load supplies onto a forklift at Tacloban Air Base, Philippines, as part of relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan November 14, 2013.



UK, South Korea send generators, tents, cars to typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Obama: U.S. committed to help Philippines

Mass grave created in Tacloban City

Woman gives birth amongst typhoon destruction


Philippines typhoon death toll at 4,460: U.N., citing government
Death toll in Philippine typhoon-hit Tacloban 4,000: City Hall

(Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft carrier started unloading food and water in the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines, while the United Nations, citing government figures, put the latest death toll at 4,460 - almost double the last official number given.

President Benigno Aquino has faced mounting…

Don’t Fall Victim To These Tricky Juice Labels

By Food Babe

There’s nothing like making fresh raw vegetable or fruit juice at home with your own juicer. But let’s be honest, it takes time, energy and a commitment to keep up the routine at home. The availability and the variety of store-bought juice concoctions have absolutely exploded on the market and tempt us with convenience, fancy marketings and a bunch of healthy buzz words. Here’s the scoop on how tricky understanding juice labels can be at the grocery store and how to choose the best store bought juices for you and your family.

“100% Juice” Doesn’t Mean Anything

What does 100% juice really mean? Not much. Food companies are allowed to say 100% juice on the label even though their juice contains additional additives, flavorings or preservatives. In the case of V8, they add sodium (salt), flavoring, vitamin C and citric acid to preserve the juice for a longer shelf life. All of these added ingredients do nothing for your body and in some cases could harm you. This isn’t exactly …

Americans’ personal data shared with CIA, IRS, others in security probe


McClatchy Washington Bureau

November 14, 2013 Updated 2 hours ago


WASHINGTON — U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out untrustworthy federal workers that ended up scrutinizing people who had no direct ties to the U.S. government and simply had purchased certain books.

Federal officials gathered the information from the customer records of two men who were under criminal investigation for purportedly teaching people how to pass lie detector tests. The officials then distributed a list of 4,904 people – along with many of their Social Security numbers, addresses and professions – to nearly 30 federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Food and Drug Administration.

Although the polygraph-beating techniques are unproven, authorities hoped to find government employees or applicants who might have tried to u…

Google launches crisis tools to help the Philippines deal with the aftermath of a powerful typhoon

Google announced today it has launched crisis tools to help gather and relay information to do with the devastation wrought by a powerful typhoon in the Philippines. 

Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda) left a trail of destruction over the weekend, with officials fearing that up to 10,000 people may have died.

The tools include Google Person Finder, a Web app for individuals to either search for someone else or leave details about yourself and others.

 “As the number of names and records build, the tool will hopefully make it easier for those who are safe to pass on their news to anyone worried about them,”Google notes.

 A mobile version of the tool is also available.

Google has also come up with a Typhoon Yolanda Relief Map, which provides updates on shelters and other information from the disaster zone.

Typhoon Yolanda Crisis Page [Google]

Headline image via Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images…

AUSTRALIA : Quiet start for new mango packing shed

NT Country Hour

By Carmen Brown

Posted Tue 12 Nov 2013, 4:07pm AEDT

PHOTO: Tina Niceforio, and husband Nino, are the proud owners of the new packing facility (Carmen Brown)

AUDIO: New mango packing shed for Katherine(ABC Rural)
MAP: Katherine 0850

A new $3 million mango packing shed has begun operating near the Top End town of Katherine.

The facility was completed just before harvest this year, but with mango yields significantly down across the region, it has had less use than expected.

Owner Tina Niceforio says while it has been a disappointing season, her family are still excited to see the new shed up and running.

"Katherine is home to my husband, and he wanted to come back here and build a facility that was new," she said.

"Our little packing machine was just getting a bit worn down.

"He wanted to be up with the latest technology, and support business in his home town."

The couple are packing mangoes grown in their Darwin and Katherine orchards, which would normally …