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Reef rhythms

Jessica Perelman, a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, describes how sound can be used to study coral reefs.

A 100-Ton Kitesurfer

Not a typical sailboat, Race for Water’s wind power is generated by an avant-guarde, automated traction kite, developed by Skysails Yacht of Hamburg, Germany, a leader in Kite and wind technologies. A 30m2 (323 sq ft) Kite can fully power our 100-ton boat in 20 knots winds. Consequently, while the Kite is pulling, the solar panels can recharge batteries or create hydrogen energy through electrolysis. A…

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim Raising the Voice of Indigenous Climate Knowledge

This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the 2017 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #89

The Wild Bird Trust presents the 89th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”. Thanks again for all your photo contributions.  Some really interesting Wild Bird photos this week ranging from African Penguins to Whiskered Terns. To submit your photo for selection in the Top 25, please post your image on the…

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Federico Fanti Decoding the Death (and Life) of the Dinosaurs

This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the 2017 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

NRLI: Finding Inclusive Solutions to Seemingly Intractable Problems

Situated just outside Marianna in Florida’s Panhandle, Cindale Farms is a dairy comprised of just 600 cattle. I met the dairy’s owners Brad and Meg Austin during one of the most memorable sessions of the 2016 Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute (NRLI) program, during a field trip to examine the issues that arise when agriculture…

At sea: Preparing for discovery!

At last! We have substituted more than a year of logistics and science planning, team building, administration, shipping, permits, emails, long-distance phone calls and enthusiastic meetings for what is now a living, beautiful ocean expedition. It felt so good to leave the dock at Recife and really start work. The 1,200 nautical mile passage is…

Trump’s Detailed Budget Proposal Calls for Deep Cuts in Energy, Environment Programs

On Tuesday the Trump administration released its proposed fiscal 2018 budget, which detailed deep cuts to energy and environmental programs—cuts telegraphed by the White House’s budget outline in March. The reductions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Energy and Interior departments were defended by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney…

Holding the Cosmos in Our Hands

“The seed comes from the tree, the tree comes from the seed. It’s like the chicken and the egg. If people want to understand it, they will break the seed apart — they will actually kill it — to see the cells, the chromosomes and the genetics. There is another way to look at this. I plant a seed and a miracle happens — something new is born out of this carbohydrate and protein, a new life is born. This is a miracle, you see? The miracle of life.”

People and Wildlife Are Both Casualties of Illicit Mining

Central Africa’s natural treasures are a blessing. They are also a curse.

The vast Congo Basin — spanning six Central African countries – supports more than 10,000 animal and 600 tree species, many of which are unique to this area. The region represents the second largest contiguous moist tropical forest in the world and provides critical habitat to the last populations of several globally important species, including African forest elephants and three of the world’s four species of great apes.

Paws and Noses at the Forefront of the Fight Against Illegal Wildlife Trade in Central Asia

The fall of 2014 was difficult: an unpleasant incident occurred that however created an opportunity to tackle crossborder illegal trafficking in wildlife in Central Asia in an innovative way. Intelligence from our informant network pointed to illegal trophy hunts in Tajik National Park and trophies illegally exported from Tajikistan into Kyrgyzstan and onwards to Russia…

Coral Reefs in Northern Lau Show Amazing Recovery Potential from Disturbance

The islands that make up the Lau Group have largely been unexplored. Local Fijian scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Vatuvara Foundation surveyed 35 sites on outer fringing reefs, reef flats, and lagoonal systems in the course of an 8-day expedition looking at five islands in the Northern Lau Group. While last year’s Category 5 Cyclone Winston left behind damaged areas with large boulders and upturned corals, we documented extensive areas of reef that had very little to no damage, where there was a lot of intact structural complexity to reef systems surrounding the islands.

Feral Cat Debate: The Case for Large-scale, non-lethal Interventions

American citizens, like people the world over, are fascinated by cats, big and small. We admire them for their strength, their stealth, and their hunting prowess, and for their ability to blend in to their surroundings. And in the case of domestic cats, we value them for their companionship and the unique traits that make…

National Geographic Photo Ark Spotlight: The Vulnerable Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle

Native to rivers and lakes in the Amazon and Orinoco river systems in South America, the yellow-spotted river turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, and is therefore assessed as Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service lists the species as Endangered wherever found, in terms of the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The Value of Tiny Islands

Tiny rock stacks around the world have critical value for conservation but are often neglected. Yesterday I visited a number of such small rock stacks in New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf to check on their status.