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Expert Voices: Oliver Wise, City of New Orleans Analytics Director on the power of open data

At the recent Data for Good Exchange, Oliver Wise, Analytics Director for C40 city New Orleans talked about how the city is using open data platforms to drive economic recovery post Katrina and enhance climate resiliency. Part of this effort included developing an app called “Blight Status,” which uses open data to track progress and results in…

Counting Catsharks in Malaysia

Borneo has a shark problem. Over 100 species of sharks live in this region of the Coral Triangle, a region of highest marine biodiversity in the world. Not only do large sharks like hammerheads, tigers and bull sharks swim here, but also endemic species like the Borneo shark, and small bamboo and cat sharks.

Nagasaki’s Hidden Christians Survive Persecution and the Atomic Bomb

Nagasaki, Japan –A prophecy is alive in the hills of Nagasaki. For centuries Christians stayed hidden under a historical ban on their religion by the Tokugawa Shogunate, a government system that lauded itself for the most peaceful era in Japanese History. Bastian was a priest in Nagasaki whose life is shrouded in mystery. He prophesied just…

U.N. Releases Draft of Negotiating Text for Paris Climate Talks

On Monday the United Nations unveiled a first draft of the negotiating text for climate talks later this year in Paris. That text has been reduced from more than 80 pages to  20 and will be further revised in Bonn, Germany, Oct. 19–23, to advance a final global climate deal in Paris. The many proposals…

What Do New Cyanide Poisonings Mean for Zimbabwe’s Elephants?

By Oscar Nkala Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Management Authority says laboratory tests on the kidneys and livers of the 14 elephants found dead over the past two weeks in Hwange and Matusadona National Parks confirm that they were killed by cyanide-laced salt licks and fruit used as bait. This suggests that poachers may be returning to…

One third of the world’s remaining safe carbon budget could be determined by urban policy decisions in the next five years

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced a new report today, which demonstrates that urban policy decisions before 2020 could determine up to a third of the remaining global carbon budget that is not already ‘locked-in’ by past decisions. Existing research has shown that investing in low carbon infrastructure in the next five years…

Extreme Cave Diving with a Purpose

Follow Kenny Broad, an environmental anthropologist and National Geographic Expeditions Council grantee, as he explores a narrow underwater cave in the Bahamas.

Expedition: Granitic Seychelles

I have just landed on Mahé Island, the main island of the Seychelles, where I will be spending the next two and a half weeks working with the Island Biodiversity & Conservation centre of the University of Seychelles, the NGO Island Conservation Society, and exploring the grantic islands of the Inner Seychelles. The Seychelles and New Zealand share a history of similar island conservation trajectories.

A New Strategy for Wildlife Conservation

By Cristián Samper

At the Wildlife Conservation Society today we unveiled our WCS: 2020 strategy and, along with it, a new WCS.org website and brand identity. This announcement advances our 120-year mission to save wildlife and wild places. As the world rapidly changes, our approach to conservation must adapt and evolve. Our WCS: 2020 strategy represents our response to that change and a way to scale up our impact. Our choices today can give us a fighting chance to preserve the intricate balance of species and ecosystems that all lives depend upon.

Strategies for Sustainable Energy Development in Africa

The Path to Eradication of Energy Poverty South of the Sahara Africa is endowed with energy resources: oil, natural gas, coal, hydro, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal and wave energy abound across its land and ocean territorial area. But they are not evenly distributed. Oil and gas, previously extracted mainly in North Africa and the Gulf of Guinea, have now been discovered…

33 Finalist Projects Selected for C40 Cities Awards

Today, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced the 33 finalists competing in ten urban climate action categories for the third-annual C40 Cities Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and global electric vehicle leader BYD Company Ltd.  Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico and Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, serves as…

The Microbeads Dilemma: Does your facewash harm wildlife?

The Society for Conservation Biology’s North America Policy Program The world’s oceans are facing an unprecedented plastic crisis, and your morning routine may be inadvertently adding to it. Plastic in the ocean is hard to track and quantities are growing every day, but scientists have estimated that concentrations can be as high as 580,000 pieces…

Sampling and Sailing Lake Michigan

Adventure scientist Jaclyn Johnston sails Lake Michigan while contributing to Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation’s microplastics research.

Huge Whip Spiders Wear Nail Polish for Science

Behavioral neuroscientist and National Geographic grantee Verner Bingman catches huge whip spiders by hand and outfits them with radio transmitters and … nail polish? The mix of highly technical tools and beauty products helps Bingman study the nightmarish-looking creature’s impressive navigational skills, which are unprecedented in invertebrates.

Behind the Photo: An Underwater Close Encounter of the Third Kind

For the right whale in this shot by National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, humans are indeed an alien species.