More Posts On: Health and Environment

Banning Emotional Support Animals From Airplanes: Your Comments Requested by the Department of Transportation

“As long as the government allows exceptions that you can drive a truck through to laws requiring documentation, no wonder abuse is beyond rampant. There’s simply no repercussions to violating the law and businesses can’t gather enough information to see that the animal is valid. The whole situation is nuts. Besides holding the animal owner accountable for fraud if the animal is just a pet, holding any vet’s license responsible for incorrectly listing any animal as either a service animal or emotional support animal should fix the abuse in a hurry.”

As a reader of The Gate, Christian posted the comment you just read in response to this article pertaining to Another Example of Why People Register Their Pets as Emotional Support Animals — and the federal government of the United States may just act upon it.

The Department of Transportation of the United States announced…

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Should You Be Concerned About Coronavirus?

At least 26 of the greater than 900 people who have been infected with what is known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus have died; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that the second known infection in the United States has been detected in Illinois — which leads to the question: should you be concerned about coronavirus?

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, which is located in the Hubei Province of China. In addition to confirmed cases of this strain of coronavirus in…

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Accor to Eliminate Single Use Plastics Worldwide in All Hotels By 2022

As part of its overall efforts to reduce plastic waste, Group Accor is the latest lodging company to have announced a series of initiatives in which the miniature bottles and tubes provided in bathrooms across almost 5,000 hotel and resort properties worldwide will be replaced with what it calls “amenities dispensers” — along with eventually virtually eliminating single-use bottles of drinking water — with completion of these initiatives expected by no later than…

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What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 14

As I was driving along a highway on a cold but sunny day, I noticed something which caught my attention and immediately pulled my vehicle over to take a photograph with my camera…

…and I immediately found at least one thing which seemed incorrect, as shown in the photograph above.

For this…

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The Most Endangered Plant in Every State in the United States: An Illustrated Tribute

Travel allows us to not only experience different climates, different foods, different people, different cultures, and different animals — it also allows us to experience different plants. Some of the more notable plant species which people will go out of their way to see include redwood trees, Saguaro cacti, cherry blossom trees, and even those which bear unusual fruit or vegetables.

When you think of the most endangered species in the United States, your mind may conjure images of fragile butterflies, rare birds and elusive prairie wolves — but greater than…

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Travel Alert January 2020: Australia Wildfires and How You Can Help — Including Donating for Photographs of a Naked Woman

With record heat and 147 wildfires burning in the state of New South Wales alone, almost every state in Australia is experiencing the worst fire season in decades during the hottest and driest year on record. At least 27 people have been killed; almost 2,100 homes have been destroyed; and as many as one billion animals may have already succumbed to the wildfires — and those are only two of the many statistics which fail to paint a remotely accurate picture of the devastation that country is experiencing.

Volunteer firefighters from around the world — including those as far away as the United States — have descended upon Australia to fight the bushfires which have ravaged at least 17.9 million acres of the landscape, which is larger than the state of…

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Forget Bed Bugs. What’s With the Stink Bugs in Hotel Rooms in West Virginia?

When John Denver unapologetically sang the praises — with a teardrop in his eye — of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River in the 1971 song Take Me Home Country Roads, nary a mention was given to an invasive pest known as the brown marmorated stink bug in the “almost heaven” of West Virginia.

The “Brown marmorated stink bug was accidentally introduced from east Asia (China, Japan, Korean) into eastern Pennsylvania and was first collected in Allentown in 1998, although it probably arrived several years earlier. It has since spread throughout most of eastern and western of North America and will likely be found continent wide within a few years”, according to…

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You Don’t Have to Earn Elite Status to Enjoy Free Bottled or Filtered Water at a Hotel

One of the benefits of earning elite status in many different frequent flier loyalty programs is being given one or two bottles of water, which can be appreciated when staying in a hotel or resort property in a location where the taste — or, worse yet, quality — of the water can be questionable…

…but did you know that there is a way to enjoy complimentary bottled water or filtered water at a hotel or resort property without having to have earned elite level status?

Simply…

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When Rooms For Disabled Persons Are the Lowest Price…

Imagine if you were reserving a room for yourself at a hotel via its Internet web site, when you find that you can reserve a room specifically designated for disabled persons at a less-expensive rate — perhaps potentially saving you greater than $100.00 per night.”

In this article from Wednesday, August 30, 2006 — greater than 13 years ago — I asked, “Would you do it?” This topic was then revisited in this article on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

I encountered an actual example recently regarding the…

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Another Example of Why People Register Their Pets as Emotional Support Animals

Like it or not, some people travel everywhere with their pets. The thought of leaving them home alone or cooped up in a kennel and wanting to reunite with their owners as soon as possible is a thought which can be sad and heartbreaking…

…but traveling with a pet can be expensive. Not only do airlines charge extra to transport a pet; but hotel and resort properties may also levy a fee in addition to the room rate if a pet is expected to stay in the room with its owner.

For example, one particular unidentified hotel property offers the following options under the heading of special requests…

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