The LG Travel News Roundup: 3.18.11

Weekly Travel News — By on March 18, 2011 at 6:00 am

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

Save The Elephants, Save The World

Trip Jennings (former National Geographic Adventurer of the Year) and Andy Maser are in the Democratic Republic of Congo in an attempt to save the elephants. For the next five weeks the duo will take samples of elephant feces in an attempt to create a DNA map of species. Their goal is to trace the ivory trade via the DNA map they create since the demand for ivory is high and a danger to the creatures. Source: Gadling

Rising From the Dead: The Salton Sea

Just fifty years ago, the Salton Sea–dubbed the “French Riviera of California”–was a celebrity hot spot located thirty miles south of Palm Springs. After the opening of the Salton Sea Museum, there is hope that the sea will regain its former glory as thousands of visitors have already visited in the months it has been open. The sea, which accidentally formed in the early 1900s when the Colorado River burst through irrigation controls, is currently 228 feet below sea level. Source: AOL

One Too Many Massages for Airline Beauty Therapists

Two Virgin Atlantic beauty therapists were recently paid £300,000 after no longer being able to fulfill their employment requirements. The ladies, who currently hold clerical jobs, claim that the pressure of giving businessmen massages has made it impossible for their fingers to perform every-day tasks, such as peeling a carrot, and are devastated to have to give up their dream jobs. They blame their long hours and being overworked for their physical condition. Source: Daily Mail

New Environmental Efforts Being Made in Rwanda

The Rwandan minister of land and the environment has announced a plan to restore their forests after accepting that they need to fix their environment. This is especially important as the country may not be able to sustain its population, which is expected to double over the next thirty years. Some of their goals include: ending soil degradation, safeguarding rivers and forests by 2035, and saving the mountain gorillas. Much of the destruction and harm to the wild animals came after the government tried to house the million refugees after the genocide in 1994. Source: The Guardian

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Travel News Bits

Every Cent Counts to Help Japan

The devastation left after the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan last week has sent another form of shockwaves around the world: people across the globe are giving what they can to assist in the relief efforts. The Matador Network has compiled a great list of the many ways donations are accepted, via text, PayPal and even your iTunes account. Source: Matador

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