Until the collapse of communism, the Elbe was one of the most polluted rivers in Europe. Conservation measures have changed that. Rare animals such as beavers have returned.
The world's largest travel portal, TripAdvisor, has completed its long-announced transformation into a social travel network. At its launch on November 13, however, there was still no final version.
Police said a couple making their way down the Müritz-Elbe waterway were "very lucky" to have survived the incident. Once on the brink of extinction, the beaver is making a comeback in Germany and across Europe.
Overnight tourist stays on Thailand's popular Similan islands were banned starting Tuesday, as the government took another step toward tackling environmental problems caused by mass tourism.
Thailand authorities decided to indefinitely extend the closure of the beautiful bay made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" until it recovers from years of environment damage caused by too many tourists.
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