05 Jun '12, 3pm

The Darker Thrills of Ecotourism

The Darker Thrills of Ecotourism

The Darker Thrills of Ecotourism By RACHEL NUWER Andrew Blackwell A tailings pond at an oil sands extraction site in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Migratory birds have died after landing on the toxic ponds. For many people, ecotourism evokes a picnic in Muir Woods in California, perhaps, or counting endangered sea turtles on a Costa Rican beach or spending the night in a tree house with gibbons in Laos. Andrew Blackwell, a Brooklyn-based author and journalist, sees it differently. His idea of an interesting trip is less about beauty than environmental devastation. Taking the idea to an extreme, he set out to chronicle some of the world’s most spoiled places for his book, just released, “Visit Sunny Chernobyl.” The journey began several years ago when Mr. Blackwell visited Kanpur , India’s most polluted city. He spent three days slogging through illegal industrial dumps, toxic ta...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/the-darker-thri...

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