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Sovereign Wealth Fund Divestment as an Environmental Protection Strategy

In this guest post, one of my doctoral students Asmaa Khadim, who is a Canadian lawyer, presents perspectives on the growing trend for large national funds to divest from particular industries that they consider socially or environmentally problematic. Is this making any positive change? This article explores how in a few cases some signs of…

Along Bhutan’s River Valleys to Find Black-Necked Cranes

On his final field inspection with the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), Geographer Keith Clarke writes about his experience in Bhutan and reflects on his eight-year term with CRE.

Big Cat Week Google+ Hangout: A Life Among Lions

On December 3 at 1pm ET, join Dereck and Beverly Joubert and other big cat experts for a live video chat via Google+ Hangouts and ask your questions about photographing, protecting, and living with big cats in the wild.

Russia’s River Villages: Hitchhiking the Great Lena

Join Jon Waterhouse as he and his team trek to eastern Russia to bring the Network of Indigenous Knowledge (NIK) and its water tests to the peoples of Yakutia in this multi-part series. Forced to hitchhike on giant cargo ships, the team makes their way along the Lena River.

Hōkūle‘a: Return to Aotearoa

After almost six months since departing from Hawai‘i, Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand) to a Maori welcoming ceremony that was not only stunning to see, but historical as well.

Rock Art Helps Reveal Elk May Have Roamed Los Angeles

What if Los Angeles’ largest native herbivore already went extinct and we had no idea? What if long-dead native people were the ones who could set the record straight? Last year I was in the field  researching California’s native Chumash culture and rock art through the help of a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant. Not far from…

IEA Unveils World Energy Outlook 2014: Looking Ahead to 2040

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2014 report, which for the first time provides energy trend projections through the year 2040. Among the key challenges in the next two and a half decades is, a 37 percent rise in global energy demand, driven mainly by emerging markets in Asia,…

Fishing for Our Future With Lures From the Past

Nahaku Kalei explains more about sustainable fish-eating and the data being gathered by the Worldwide Voyage.

In Africa, Tracker Dogs Join War Against Elephant Poachers

MANYARA RANCH, Tanzania—On October 14, tracker dogs led game scouts to a group of armed poachers who were on the run after shooting and killing a well-known old elephant bull just outside Tarangire National Park. This was the latest in a string of successes by Tanzania’s tracker dogs, which are proving to be an effective…

A Talk Over Tea: Preserving India’s Indigenous Languages

Tea is a ubiquitous part of modern life, but what do we know about the people who make it all possible? Meet the Adivasi people of Assam, India, tea laborers struggling to preserve their culture.

Creating a Language by Committee

On the white board, nine words in Khmer are listed in blue. In the cool, dim room, members of the Cambodian Sign Language committee are seated at an oval conference table scattered with the various implements essential to their work—iced coffee sweetened by condensed milk, a Khmer-English dictionary, pencils and paper. Papers ruffle on the table as a breeze surges through the barred window, slightly swinging the heavy green shutters. Over the next three hours, the committee will invent four new signs.

It’s Time for a Sea Party!

Tired of the political gridlock in Washington and elections that don’t get us anything but unlimited corporate campaign spending and attack ads? Go take a dip in the ocean and get over yourself. We don’t have time for cynicism or despair. We’ve got a job to do if we’re going to save the crucible of…

Reinventing Shelters for Humans and Pets

Sponsor Content: This content is brought to you by Purina Better With Pets.  Rita Garza considers herself very fortunate. In the past 18 months, she has been able to combine her “two passions: improving services and increasing awareness for victims of domestic violence” with her “deep love for animals.” Rita works for Urban Resource Institute (URI) in…

Russia’s River Villages: Strangers in Strange Zhigansk

Join Jon Waterhouse as he and his team trek to eastern Russia to bring the Network of Indigenous Knowledge (NIK) and its water tests to the peoples of Yakutia in this multi-part series. Here, Jon and company land in Zhigansk and marvel at its oddities.

In Kenya, Justice Catches Up With Elephant Poacher

An elephant poacher in Kenya is finally behind bars, thanks to a local magistrate and coordination between the wildlife authority and two conservation partners. In late 2013, community game scouts undertaking an anti-poaching patrol near world-renowned Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya came across a fresh elephant carcass. Not surprisingly, the elephant’s two tusks were…