Britain’s Prince Charles calls for forest protection

USA TODAY ... PARIS — Appearing at climate change talks on Tuesday, Britain’s Prince Charles joined delegates and envoys to call for more action to protect the world’s forests from predatory corporations. Charles took part in a meeting with South American … ... Reuters Blogs (blog) ... BBC News ... Sky News ...  –

Australia, New Zealand Challenge Japan Over Whaling

Voice of America ... December 01, 2015 4:25 AM. SYDNEY—. Australia and New Zealand have condemned Japan’s move to send a whaling fleet to the Southern Ocean. It comes a year after an international court ruled that Tokyo’s whale hunt in the Southern Ocean should stop ... Discovery News ... Sky News ... Sea Shepherd UK

Brains aren’t actually ‘male’ or ‘female,’ new study suggests

Washington Post ... Lots of folks — well-intentioned and otherwise — like to point out the supposed differences between male and female brains. But it’s time to throw away the brain gender binary, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National … ... Live Science ... ... Los Angeles Times ...  – – –

Wondering what’s different about the Paris climate change negotiations? Here’s …

Washington Post ... This week, tens of thousands of climate activists, negotiators and policy wonks are traveling to Paris to finalize the next phase of international climate policy. Many doubt that an agreement can be reached, or that any plausible agreement will make … ... New York Times ... Los Angeles Times ... Huffington Post ...  – –

This Is the Coolest Way to See Vienna: A Polaroid Tour

You just need to visit one of the oldest amusement parks in the world — with a Polaroid camera. In Vienna, both of these things are possible, thanks to tour company PolaWalk, which offers a guided walk through Vienna’s 250-year-old Wurstelprater amusement park, complete with a Polaroid camera rental and a pack of instant film that lets you see the historic site through a very different lens

Best Deals, No Crowds: Where to Go in December

While the last 10 days of December spell crowds and exorbitant prices throughout much of the world, the first two-thirds of the month—before holiday airfares and hotel rates go into effect—can be a serene, value-laden, and just plain lovely time to travel. Europe is all decked out for the holidays—with locals generally friendly and in high spirits; in the Southern Hemisphere, spring is ...

Inside the Most Over-the-Top $32,000 (One Way!) Airplane Suite

While most of you know me as the guy who travels the world (almost) always for free by maximizing my airline and credit card points, I recently splurged on Etihad’s new Residence cabin…for a whopping $32,000. And it was completely worth the experience. Here are the reasons why.First, I had the honor of taking the airline’s new A380 inaugural route from JFK to Abu Dhabi. And of course the ...