There's no better place to build sweat equity than outdoors.
Ken Stamps spotted a business idea thousands of miles from his Michigan home, in rainforest-rich Costa Rica, where a popular tourist attraction sends travelers soaring through the treetops on a pulley.
What better combination than railroads and leaf-peeping? No traffic, no driving distractions, just a leisurely ride featuring fiery blasts of fall color.
Traveling by train is becoming a cost-effective, tech-friendly experience.
From the outside, it looks like a crash-landed blimp. On the inside, it feels like a wind tunnel. For inventor David Chelf, this strange structure -- a high-tech greenhouse with no skeleton, whose lightweight skin is held aloft on breezes from giant fans -- looks like the future of agriculture.
Missouri race ended early as people overheated. KMBC reports
Hot and dry: It's getting to be a monotonous forecast for the U.S. heartland.
Armed with a drill and some helium, 16-year-old Jacob Schindler is taming the rampant growth of kudzu in Georgia.
Jacob Schindler is not your typical American teenager.
If the still raging fires didn't destroy their homes, New Mexico residents could be done in by flash flooding this monsoon season -- the ravaged landscape heightening the danger, and likelihood, of mudslides and other problems.
Residents of Los Alamos, New Mexico, head back to their homes after evacuations had been lifted.
It's hard to imagine anything more innocuous than a lush suburban lawn. That's what 63-year-old entrepreneur Jackson Madnick used to think -- until a golf course killed his cat.
Cindy Anthony testified that she's the one who searched for chloroform on the house computer.
Casey Anthony's mother, Cindy Anthony, testified Thursday that she, not her daughter, conducted Internet searches for key words including chloroform and alcohol on the Anthony family computer in March 2008.
Alice Nyakaza has the best garden on her street. It is a small patch of lawn with some flowers and a fruit tree. She and her son, Themba, are mowing the lawn when we arrive.
CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on how the once barren black South African suburb of Soweto is blossoming with trees.
Good news for everyone who loves a barbecue: soon you could be helping save the world as you flip your burgers.
Ever thought of trekking through northern New Mexico with a llama to marvel at the vibrant aspens? Or zipping through the color-splashed mountains of Georgia, 2,000 feet above ground? If not, maybe it's time to embark on a fall foliage adventure that stretches beyond scenic drives and hikes. But hurry, the leaves are changing -- and falling -- fast.
Over one-fifth of the world's plant species are threatened with extinction according to a new study compiled by the UK's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London.
As the masses descend on America's most colorful country roads this season, why not try an alternate route? Autumn's gold-and-yellow leaf show is just as breathtaking from the deck of a boat -- and fantastically free of those distracting red taillights.
These 10 lakes go to all the right extremes -- highest, deepest, clearest -- and showcase nature at its most spectacular. Soak up the views from a boat, a cable car, a trailhead or a castle tower.
The extinction of species like the dodo, elephant bird, Tasmanian tiger and pink pigeon have made little impact, but more charismatic species, such as the panda, gorilla and tiger currently stand on the brink.
"So that's it. Time to rock 'n' roll," sniffed the burly security guard, cracking open a can of energy drink, as the tannoy announced the opening of the 2010 Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show to the public.
From the forests of Ecuador to the shore of the Aral Sea, in the coming months Earth's Frontiers will be exploring the rich diversity of life on our planet and the challenges of conservation.
New York City is training at-risk youths for green jobs.
Fabian Vazquez is a teenager who spends hours on end climbing trees in New York City concrete jungle.
U.S. trees are exploding in brilliantly colorful fall foliage this year in many regions, thanks to stellar growing conditions and excellent temperatures, say experts.
Despite their astonishing record of losses when dealing with lumberjacks and beavers, trees are pretty tough customers. Their trunks, branches, roots and twigs are all more than capable of enduring a winter's worth of freezing temperatures, snow, sleet and hail. Their leaves, though? Eh, not so tough.
Some Florida minimum-security inmates want to know: Can you handle the heat?
CNN's John Zarrella reports on a jailhouse-produced hot sauce.
Botanists believe they have discovered one of the world's largest carnivorous plants in Southeast Asia.
The people of Indonesia's Java Island still follow wedding traditions passed down centuries ago by their ancestors.
Couples must plant trees to receive a wedding license in a small Javanese province in Indonesia. CNN's Arwa Damon reports
As a hobby, Suzie Jirachareonkul, a teacher and mother of two, spends many of her nights searching for endangered toads on the country roads near her home outside Cape Town, South Africa.
The Entourage and Hotel for Dogs star shows off his Malibu pad
Forests in the Pacific Northwest are dying twice as fast as they were 17 years ago, and scientists blame warming temperatures for the trend, according to a new study.
Efforts to remove cats from Macquarie Island, a sub-Antarctic island and World Heritage Site, have indirectly led to environmental devastation, according to a report published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.
A new study investigating the amount of carbon in Australian soil has cast doubt over the accuracy of current climate models in predicting future levels of global warming.
Researchers have discovered a previously unknown group of rare monkeys in the forests of Vietnam.
There are hundreds of biological field stations around the globe, and a select few of them are now letting visitors rub elbows with staff researchers and spend the night inside the facilities -- no advanced degree required.
A reporter visits the fourth-largest island and one of the most astonishingly biodiverse places on Earth, where "endangered" has taken on a serious sense of urgency
The answer could have serious implications for one of the region's signature attractions, which draws thousands of "leaf peepers" every autumn
These gardening and decorating tips can transform your space -- giving your backyard a complete makeover.
Faced with global warming, plants are heading for the hills. A study of 171 forest species in Western Europe shows that most of them are shifting their favored locations to higher, cooler spots
Jeannie Felts Buckner is caught in a recession triple squeeze.
The shooting deaths of four mountain gorillas -- three females and an alpha male silverback -- are prompting a United Nations agency to send a mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Once their enemy, Rwandan villagers now seek to protect their gorilla neighbors. ITN's Neil Connery reports.
Texas may be best known for "Big Oil." But the oil that could some day make a dent in the country's use of fossil fuels is small. Microscopic, in fact: algae. Literally and figuratively, this is green fuel.
The idea is simple: Foundation plants should enhance your home, make it more welcoming, and tie it to the surrounding landscape. Unfortunately, these house-hugging plantings frequently consist of stiff evergreen shrubs that do little for the house they adorn. Even worse, they're often sheared into something closer to green loaves of bread than to anything found in nature.
Containers allow you to garden where there's no ground to till, brightening up the patios, porches, decks, and stoops where we linger on long summer days.
Police in Thailand turn to biofuel to fight crime and climate change. CNN's Andrew Stevens reports
No subject appears to divide as many people in the climate change arena as biofuels. Their potential to positively impact greenhouse gas emissions is undoubtedly enormous.
True or False: More carbon dioxide is good news for trees as it will boost growth levels.
Days and nights in Richmond, Virginia, sparkle during December more than a socialite draped in jewels. Legions of stringed lights hang like tinsel on trees. Candy-colored bulbs decorate foliage at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. And James River plantations treat guests to a colonial-style Christmas. From candlelight tours to light shows, this town offers more weekend choices than a travel agent's checklist.
Research published last month paints an increasingly gloomy picture of the accelerating rate of climate change, raising genuine fears that efforts to combat carbon emissions may already be too late to restrict seismic changes in the earth's temperatures.
What fuels the fires? CNN's Rob Marciano looks at native plants primed to ignite, the drought and the record heat.
Here's some good news for those of you who have trouble growing houseplants: The problem could lie in where you put the plants rather than in your being short a couple of gardening genes. Light, temperature and humidity have a lot to do with whether a plant thrives or dies.
The pumpkins made all the difference.
CNN spoke to Ken Yeang, an architect and ecologist, and the principle of the UK practice of Llweleyn Davis Yeang about his work to combine high rise architecture and environmental awareness.
Your own patch of greenery may be your haven, but what you put in it could be harmful to the environment
If prospective buyers looked at your house today, what would they see outside? A giant evergreen that looks as if it might swallow the station wagon, perhaps, scraggly old foundation plants or maybe a kitchen-table view of the neighbors' kids' trampoline?
Up to half of the world's magnolia species are in danger of extinction, according to a new study by conservationists.
Careful landscape planning and use of water-efficient plants can turn out to be a beautiful thing.
When Val Schroeder realized the ducks and loons that once flocked near her home on Camano Island, Washington, were disappearing, she knew she had to act.
Add heaps of red worms to mountains of raw, rotting garbage. Then collect the worms' feces, brew it into a liquid, and squeeze it into a used soda bottle.
They don't make a sound. They just appear as a burst of pink. But in this flat world of tan grasses and steel-gray water, a wave of roseate spoonbills against a bright blue sky sets off visual alarms as arresting as lightning flashes.
You're driving up the East Coast and admiring the fall colors. But something seems off.
Get the real deal with this guide to hotel packages, happenings, and resources for making the most of fall foliage season across the U.S.
There's nothing quite as breathtaking as a scenic drive during the fall, when the air feels crisp and colors abound. But we urge you to drive a route Coastal Living--style. Skip the Blue Ridge Parkway and travel to places where reds, oranges, and golds border blue waters. Here are 10 of our favorites.
"This bush is called the Climber's Friend," said the guide, pointing at a plant on Cape Town's Table Mountain. The prickly bush certainly didn't look amicable. "Grab onto it if you think you're going to fall," he continued. "It might save your life."
Indianapolis police came up empty Friday night after surrounding a house where they suspected the primary suspect in the slayings of seven people was holed up, a police spokesman said.
Management consultants talk about the big white elephant in the room, but for designers Scott Flora and Jerinne Neils, it was a big white wall. In 2001 the couple moved into a loft in Los Angeles, ...
A stunning exhibition of glass created by renowned American artist Dale Chihuly has gone on display against the backdrop of London's Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
They're not from the sci-fi show "X-Files," but scientists are sounding the alarm that aliens have invaded the planet.
In the fall, there's a yin and yang to life in New England. Every year, the foliage steals your heart, then baseball breaks it.
Justine Stamen, 33, has seen tragedy up close. In 1988 her best friend, Teak Dyer, was murdered on the eve of her high school graduation. Then in 1997, DeWitt White, who'd been her student at an ac...
The day that haunts the rubber industry will dawn like any other. The sun, rising the length of Asia, slowly burns away the haze from the plantations along the South China Sea that are the source o...
If this spring your fancy is turning to tomato seeds and trowels, join the club. According to a recent Gallup survey, gardening now shares top billing with swimming and walking as one of the three ...
The Zoological Society of San Diego has done more than most businesses to transform itself into a 21st-century organization. It deserves to be seen for its management as well as for its spectacular...
THOSE THREE intent young scientists in the photograph have achieved a rare and potentially highly profitable feat: a sudden leap forward that changes something that couldn't be done into a commerci...
The fitness boom and America's longripening affair with gourmet food are combining to give new zest to gardening, the most popular outdoor leisure activity in the U.S. Vegetable gardening occupies ...
AGRICULTURAL biotechnology is finally emerging from a miasma of wild-eyed claims and promises that have swathed it in recent years. After researchers at the Max Planck Institute in West Germany suc...