10 May '11, 8pm

NYT: Last Call. Nothing lasts forever - and that includes these far-flung destinations, which are changing as they

David Madison/Getty Images The Galapagos Islands Nothing lasts forever — and that includes these far-flung destinations, which are changing as they balance their own needs with those of ever more curious travelers. The Galápagos Islands Famous for its stunning array of rare wildlife, Darwin’s favorite archipelago was declared a World Heritage in Danger site by Unesco in 2007 because of “invasive species, unbridled tourism and overfishing.” Although the islands were delisted in 2010, the Galápagos National Park will cap all tour-boat itineraries at 15 days and restrict visits to most sites to once per trip beginning next year. Photolibrary/Corbis Antarctica It’s the most uninhabited continent on the planet, and to help protect its fragile ecosystem, the International Maritime Organization has instituted a ban on the use of heavy fuel oil in the region. Scheduled to go into ...

Full article: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/last-call/

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