VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
After months of protest and asking for their concerns over water safety, cultural preservation, and historic treaty rights to be heard, the Standing Rock Sioux are celebrating the U.S. Army’s decision not to grant the current easement to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Sharing firsthand experiences and lessons from the field, National Geographic Big Cats Initiative explorers are helping spread their boundless knowledge and affection for the wild to the next generation.
Growing up in a Cuban-American family, Mario Machado had the incredible fortune of absorbing a near-mythical image of the island that his grandfather had left as a boy in 1946. Now he’s writing his own chapter in the story.
What does it feel like to be surrounded by 8-10 million bats? There is only one spot on earth where you can have this experience and explore the mystery surrounding this congregation.
By Gini Cowell Somewhere on the African continent one elephant falls victim to poaching every 15 minutes. Almost one-hundred elephants are poisoned, speared, or shot for the tusks they carry every day. These are statistics and headlines, but the truth of the matter is that each one of the elephants slain and horrifically butchered were…
It’s clear that demand for ivory in New Zealand remains high. It’s the same kind of demand that drives the current elephant poaching crisis in Africa.
[The following text is from an official press release by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.] Statement Regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline Posted 11/14/2016 Release no. 16-027 Contact Moira Kelley (DOA), 703-614-3992, email@example.com Jessica Kershaw (DOI), firstname.lastname@example.org Washington, D.C. – Today, the Army informed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Energy Transfer Partners, and Dakota Access, LLC, that it has completed…
By Masha Kalinina, International Trade Policy Specialist, Humane Society International On a recent tour into Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park – where white and black rhinos are being reintroduced – our group noticed that the horn of a white rhino we spotted was removed. I asked our guide why. “To deter poachers,” he replied. Knowing that…
Climate change, development and water diversions threaten Himalayan communities and way of life
By Cheryl Nenn
Flying into Leh, the former capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, feels more like landing on the moon than landing in India. Its harsh, mountainous terrain is starkly beautiful and very dry, due to its high altitude and cold desert climate. We were sent to Ladakh on behalf of Waterkeeper Alliance, an international organization dedicated to clean water and healthy communities, to train our new Himalayan Glacier Waterkeeper and 20 affiliates, most of whom are Buddhist monks, how to test water quality and be effective water advocates.
By Lisa Palmer
Education is seen as a key tool for building resilience to climate change in the developing world. But new research shows that climate change could also make it harder to keep kids in school and ensure they get the best out of their time in the classroom.
Heather Randell, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, a research institute funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Maryland, studies the relationships between environmental change, development, and human health and wellbeing. Her research focuses on the social processes underlying migration, the links between development and rural livelihoods, and the social and health impacts of environmental change.
By Brenda Ekwurzel, Senior Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
Losing all the ice shelves of Antarctica would be like losing each flying buttress that supported a gothic building. Collapse is the inevitable result. The question is how fast is the collapse in the case of an ice sheet that would, as Richard Alley told Congress in February 2007, slowly spread outwards and flatten like pancake batter that was just plopped on a griddle.
Nearly a decade later, the latest science indicates a critical threshold may have already been crossed.
By Daniela Fernandez Founder & Chair Sustainable Oceans Alliance Two years ago, I founded the Sustainable Oceans Alliance (S0A), a student-led organization that empowers millennials to become leaders in preserving the health and sustainability of our ocean. My passion to create SOA stemmed from the lack of engagement opportunities that…
Survival’s Lewis Evans talks to Sarah Shenker reports on her visit to a small group of Guajajara Indians in Brazil who are fighting to protect the forest and an uncontacted tribe from loggers. “With support from Survival, the Guajajara are able to expose illegal logging and threats to their uncontacted neighbors in real time.” © Survival…
By Robert Colangelo According to a 2015 report by the United Nations, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by the year 2050. While those numbers are set to increase, so are rising surface temperatures and worsening droughts caused by severe weather patterns. Changes in climate are already reducing the amount of arable…