20 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes have just been released in California. On purpose | World Economic Forum

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WEF reports that unleashing a swarm of sterile male mosquitoes upon the population is a good thing, hoping that it will stop the spread of the potentially Zika virus.

Source: 20 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes have just been released in California. On purpose | World Economic Forum

Whilst on the surface, this seems like a win-win strategy, we do not know the long term impact on the eco-system. Are the scientists sure that they won’t start an ‘eco-war’?

Thoughts?

Coast to coast: across Australia by rail aboard the Indian Pacific – Lonely Planet

The Lonely Planet answers the question, ‘why travel such a distance when you could fly’? It suggests that compared to the cramped confines of a flight which merely delivers you to the starting point of your holiday, a sleeper train is a memorable travel adventure in itself. According to LP, this is particularly true for the Indian Pacific, which is one of the world’s few transcontinental trains.

Source: Coast to coast: across Australia by rail aboard the Indian Pacific

I’ve only had one multi-day train trip and that was the Rocky Mountaineer in Canada’s British Columbia, which was a once in a lifetime experience. I guess that the Indian Pacific must be compared to the likes of the ‘Trans Siberian’ but I think that I’d get restless and a bit bored with the repetition of the scenery. Also the more comfortable classes are rather pricey, so it’s down to personal choice.

Thoughts?