The Week in Pictures: Galapagos Islands No Longer Endangered? And More

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The Galapagos Islands are among the most stunning places on earth. The unparalleled biodiversity and spectacular wildlife makes it a travel destination the world over. But it's also in big trouble. When Brian traveled there two years ago, he saw firsthand how a number of factors are putting the islands' delicate ecosystems in danger: invasive species threaten the local animal populations, more and more tourists are tromping through, and a burgeoning immigration from the mainland is straining the natural resources there and producing unmanageable waste. The islands were considered a Site in Danger by the World Heritage Committee since 2007. So it was surprising to many to see the Galapagos whisked off the list this year, leaving the question -- is it too soon?

Read the full story: Galapagos Islands Moved Off Endangered Sites List

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