Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like us

Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like usAn international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are — a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus. But will this make us stop treating these animals in totally inhumane ways?

Yanomami Indians ‘massacred’ by goldminers in Venezuela

Yanomami Indians ‘massacred’ by goldminers in VenezuelaGoldminers in Venezuela have carried out a ‘massacre’ of isolated Yanomami Indians, according to reports received by Survival International.
Witnesses of the aftermath described finding ‘burnt bodies and bones’ when they visited the community of Irotatheri in the country’s Momoi region, close to the border with Brazil.

Maya Collapse Tied To Drought, Deforestation

 Maya Collapse Tied To Drought, DeforestationThe city states of the ancient Mayan empire flourished in southern Mexico and northern Central America for about six centuries. Then, around A.D. 900 Mayan civilization disintegrated.

Mexico’s offbeat fairs and festivals

Mexico’s offbeat fairs and festivalsFairs and festivals celebrating everything from saint's days to animals to death are a daily fact of life in Mexico. U.S. travelers are familiar with many of them, from Cinco de Mayo to Day of the Dead to seemingly endless Christmas celebrations, but many of Mexico's events are either not well known or are simply unlike anything you'll find in the rest of the world. Here are some of our favorites; there's no point trying to choose one over another, so they are arranged by date.

Searching for Green Tara

Searching for Green TaraTo say that the nationally recognized Green Tara reincarnation of Mongolia lives in the middle of nowhere is an understatement.
To find her, one must get to Khovd, a bustling city tucked between thick dollops of crumbling red mountains located 1,425 kilometers away from Ulaanbaatar. The sixty hour bus ride alone turns most people away. From Khovd, a local driver is needed to make the three to five hour drive to Durgon Soum.