Earth Day 2019: 10 amazing places where travelers can see a changing climate

Earth Day, the annual celebration to support environmental protection, falls on April 22, but for travelers, every day can offer a chance to learn about the planet. With climate changing across the globe, some tourism spots are in flux, says Mike Gunter Jr., a professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. In his new book, “Tales of an Ecotourist” (SUNY Press, $25.95), he aims to break through misunderstandings. “It tells stories about climate change underway and stories about amazing places. It’s a call to learn from travel.” He shares some examples with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

El Nino, a cyclical pattern of Pacific storms caused by warm water, has become stronger in recent years, researchers say. And that has affected the famed Ecuadorian islands known for bird, reptile and sea life. “The El Nino years can be more intense,” Gunter says. The change has even affected finches, which have evolved in just a few years to adapt to the changing environment. galapagos.org

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