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 Sustainability : or just Sustainababble?

What exactly is sustainablility? Author and scientist Haydn Washington asks if it has become such and overused word as to become meaningless, rather than a key concept of the age.





 Neoliberal Nightmare: Can geography help sustain the world?

The concentration of current political thinking on development and “progress” is not the best way to care for our planet, argues professor Mark Maslin of University College London.



Magic Tours for Authentic Experiences

Tourism can drive positive change – to bring deeper understanding between different cultures, provide economic benefits to local and disadvantaged communities. Deepa Krishnan, Founder of Magic Tours, relates how her business has brought about this new momentum in North India. Winner - Inspiring Stories from Destinations 2014 




Chi Phat Community-based Eco-tourism: Forests for Life

Forests nurture lives, yet living in the forest takes courage. A tale told by Sokhem, founder of Chi Phat Community-based Eco-tourism. Winner - Inspiring Stories from Destinations 2014 .


Remembering Munir: Indonesia's Human Rights Activist

The struggle for Indonesian human rights by the famous activist Munir Said Thalib lives on.  I Gede Robi Supriyanto captures the life of the former director of Kontras (Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence) and describes the opening of the Omah Munir (House of Munir) museum by Munir’s widow Suciwati in his hometown of Malang, East Java, on the day of Nelson Mandela’s passing.







Bird Watching Program at Cameron Highlands

Gaia Discovery invites birders based in Singapore and elsewhere to bask in the cool clime of Cameron Highlands. Out of the 662 species of birds that are found in the Checklist of the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia 2012, 177 bird species have been listed in the checklist for Cameron Highlands. So let's go birding! By Mallika Naguran



Five Things To Discover in Cameron Highlands 

Immerse yourself in the highland’s natural beauty, biodiversity, heritage and culture... and learning something about the forest ecology too. Mallika Naguran explores Cameron Highlands to give you travel tips.



The Gods of Timor-Leste


Timor-Leste is a country still struggling to find its feet after decades of violence at the hands of exploitative foreign powers. Even if the people have lost their faith in government or the powers that be, they have plenty of other support. Jeremy Torr reports.




Trekking in Doi Suthep National Park in Chiang Mai

Tammy Gouldstone takes a walk on the greener side of Northern Thailand with a group called Chiang Mai Hiking Group. She tells Gaia Discovery of her nature-filled experience at the Doi Suthep National Park. 



Philippines Beaches: White Sands, Clear Waters

Getaways are easy with many beaches to explore in the Philippines, and our writer describes his chosen few by Henrylito D. Tacio.



Maya Ubud Resort & Spa Promotes Active Learning

Green Globe certified resort in Bali, Maya Ubud, gets children to learn the right way, which is the fun way of course.





Piasau Nature Reserve: Green Lung for Miri

Tree planting at this nature reserve alone may not fulfil Miri’s need for urban reprieve, reports Mallika Naguran at Borneo Jazz Festival 2016. Sarawak hosts the 11th jazz festival with international artistes at this event.



Climate Change Seminar by MSc Environmental Management Alumni

The MSc Environmental Management alumni from the National University of Singapore is organising its annual public seminar on 7 May 2016. This year, in light of climate change related issues and corresponding changes to policy and governance, the seminar is themed: 'Climate Change Negotiation Landscape - The Road from Paris and Beyond'. All are welcome.


Montane Bird Guide of Cameron Highlands Launched

Cameron Highlands' first bird identification guide is packed with photos and characteristic description based on visual, sound and habitats. By Mallika Naguran.


Smart Highways : Smarter than Smart Cars?

Car makers are competing to build the ultimate self-driving car that makes it OK to fall asleep at the wheel. But one Dutch designer thinks it makes more sense to build a smart highway instead. By J.Torr.



Trees Save Lives: US Forestry Report

Everybody knows trees are nice. They are green, shady, they smell nice and they provide fruit and flowers to keep us happy. But new studies by the US Forestry Service and others have discovered that trees can help you live longer too. By Jeremy Torr & Phil Stamper


Sustainability in Seychelles: Hotel L'Archipel Goes Green

Seychelles is getting serious about sustainability and its hotels are starting to take measures to protect the earth. Hotel L’Archipel on Praslin, after two years of research and planning, has confirmed that they have taken the initiative to “go green” at their property.


Marine Life


The Whale Sharks of Cendrawasih Bay

Swimming with whale sharks is something that only the lucky few will do on a regular basis. Simon Pridmore describes how getting in the way of these gentle giants can result in a bruising encounter too.


Robots Track Whales: Endangered Species Get Help 

Whales are big, tough mammals. But they get stranded on unfamiliar shores, they get hit by ships’ propellers – and even get caught in underwater installations. Anything that can help them is valuable – and a new underwater robot does exactly that. By Jeremy Torr.


Semporna Shark Sanctuary Soon

Fiona Childs reports on the proposed Semporna Shark Sanctuary that is designed to increase eco-tourism opportunities while protecting sharks and rays. A Gaia Discovery exclusive.



Palau's President Proposes New Marine Sanctuary 

Palau's President has proposed banning all commercial fishing in the Pacific nation's waters to create one of the world's largest marine reserves, covering an area roughly the size of France.



Coral Bleaching Likely To Intensify - ICRS Consensus Statement

Rising ocean temperatures - a symptom and result of man-made climate change - are causing corals to lose their colour.  Henrylito D. Tacio reports that some 2600 scientists are calling for immediate global and local action to preserve these fragile ecosystems.





Wild Nature Discovery at Cameron Highlands

A nature program for all to join. Beyond manicured tea plantations, pretty strawberry farms and columned vegetable farms, Cameron Highlands has wildness within its forests along the mountain ranges. Walk on the wild side with Gaia Discovery as we take you to the heart of the montane forests up 6,000 feet high - so high, you'll be walking through clouds!


Scuba Confidential - A Diver's Companion

Author Simon Pridmore has produced a unique new book packed full of valuable tips and expert advice giving you unprecedented access to the secrets of dive professionals and technical divers, knowledge that you can use to develop your skills and become a safer, more confident and more capable diver. Scuba Confidential - An Insider Guide to Becoming a Better Diver is currently available worldwide via Amazon in paperback and e-book versions.


Lie Back and Enjoy the Ride: A Recumbent Honeymoon

A pair of newly-weds from Hungary couldn’t make up their minds how to go on honeymoon without adding too much pollution to the atmosphere. So they decided to ride around the world on recumbent bicycles. By Jeremy Torr


Dive Timor-Leste to Support Woman's Cooperative Ai-Funan

Give to charity and take back a wealth of Timorese culture. That's the motive behind this unique dive trip put together by two social enterprises that aims to give soap makers in Timor-Leste a better chance of earning a livelihood.



Andaman Freediving Championship 2012

Fifteen divers from ten countries travel to Koh Lanta in southern Thailand to compete for top honours in the Southeast Asia Freediving Competition. Walter Johnson holds his breath in this first-hand account.





Gaia Grooves Gig: Trees and Haze Focus

A Gaia themed gig is set to rouse Singapore's awakening to the haze phenomenon and related deforestation issue. Featuring top musicians from the US, Singapore and from Sabah, Gaia Grooves Gig will premiere on 1 July. Mallika Naguran reports.





Borneo Jazz 2014 Lineup

Borneo Jazz will be held in Miri, Sarawak from the 9-10 of May 2014. Featuring Iriao from Georgia (pictured), Vocal Sampling from Cuba, Brassballett from Germany, Mario Canonge from Martinique/France, YK Band from Indonesia, Anthony Strong from the UK, Diana Liu from Sarawak and Lewis Pragasam from Malaysia. Mallika Naguran gives the line up.


Clean and Green Singapore 2014 Theme Song 

"Mother Nature's Cry" has been chosen to reflect the thrusts of environmental protection and care for nature by the National Environment Agency in Singapore. It is also the winning entry of the Eco Music Challenge 2013. Mallika Naguran tells more of the singer songwriters behind this video.

Beto Jamaica Rey Vallenato in Rainforest World Music Festival

Mallika Naguran talks to accordion maestro Beto Jamaica about his artform and his relentless journey to popularise a traditional music form, the cumbia and vallenato from Colombia's Caribbean coastal region.


Review of Rainforest World Music Festival 2013

Mallika Naguran checks in to Sarawak to check out the region's popular world music festival.





Travel responsibly - Read Gaia Guide 2011/2012  (download the ecotravel Gaia Guide here and view Gaia Guide on SlideShare here).