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President Obama Should Proclaim the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument 

By Dean B. Suagee The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes the President to proclaim national monuments to protect historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest on national public land. President Obama has used this authority to protect more national public land than any of his predecessors. As his…

Communities Seek Innovative Ways to Contain Elephants in Greater Kruger Park   

As night falls on the Greater Kruger conservation area in northeast South Africa, adventurous elephants investigate the edge of the lengthy fence that holds them out of neighboring croplands. Cleverly and meticulously they probe for weaknesses in the barrier and work their way out. Moving through rugged and unfamiliar territory, they quickly happen upon the R40, a busy arterial road where they encounter speeding traffic, unsuspecting motorists — and the potential threat of serious injury to people and elephants.

Working Together: Research and Water Governance on Mount Kenya

By Kate Weiss, The National Socio–Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Environmental social scientist Jampel Dell’Angelo and filmmaker Matteo Dell’Angelo recently co-directed a documentary film of Elinor Ostrom’s last research project. Working Together documents the challenges and successes of interdisciplinary research on smallholder climate adaptation and community water governance in semi-arid areas. The study found that involvement…

Can Smart Collaboration Stop the Killing of Endangered Wildlife in Tanzania?

By Lindy Taverner An elite task force in Tanzania is making progress in the war against poaching, apprehending illegal traders and wildlife trafficking kingpins responsible for the deaths of thousands of animals. Tanzanian game scouts and law-enforcement officers operating near the Mozambique border on July 22, 2016, raided a poachers’ encampment after being tipped off about its existence. They apprehended two poachers in…

International #TigerDay: Cause for Celebration or Alarm?

By Gabriel Fava, Born Free Foundation

Today, the 29th of July, is International Tiger Day (#TigerDay). Does the day represent a cause for celebration, alarm, or both?

Ridiculously Cute Mouse Lemurs Hold key to Madagascar’s Past

Genetic analysis of world’s smallest primates tells us how the island’s environment changed over time By Kate Golembiewski, The Field Museum Today, Madagascar is home to a mosaic of different habitats–a lush rainforest in the east and a dry deciduous forest in the west, separated by largely open highlands. But the island off the southeast coast…

Third Class of Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows Named

By Farley Fitzgerald, National Geographic Society The National Geographic Society and the U.S. Department of State today announced the names of the five candidates selected for the third class of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. The Fellowship provides a unique platform for U.S. Fulbright awardees to build awareness of transnational challenges, comparing and contrasting cross-border issues.…

Pickled and Smoked: Reasons to Get Excited About the Good Food Awards New Preserved Fish Category

By Maria Finn Preserved Fish is a new category in the Good Food Awards, a national initiative that recognizes craft producers from around the country. This is timely, as tins of smoked, salted, and brined seafood are on the brink of a culinary zeitgeist and push the seafood sustainability agenda. Chefs, fishermen, community supported fisheries, and an array…

Bumble Bees Pick the Most Nutritional Pollen, Research Suggests

The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State has found that bumble bees target pollen with the highest nutritional value, information that can help identify plant species and stocks that best provide for the needs of bumble bees and potentially other bee species, which will help in the development of pollinator-friendly gardens and planting strips.

How Wireless Hotspots Made the 2016 BioBlitz Count

The 2016 BioBlitz was a national celebration of the NPS centennial and biodiversity in our national parks. In addition to scientists as their guides, hundreds of mobile tablets provided by Verizon Wireless and loaded with the iNaturalist app, turned this ultimate field trip into a real data-gathering event.

Getting CITES Out of the Red

Can we actually save endangered species? Not without an increase in funding and some innovative thinking.

Securing Good Drinking Water: Footing the Bill to Fix Nature

By Daniel Moss

When a relentless sun parches the landscape and dries water sources to a dangerous and unhealthy trickle, who’s supposed to pay the repair bill?

How a 5-Ton African Elephant Crosses an Ocean

Zimbabwe just put its wildlife up for sale. What does that mean for the animals? By Nicola Payne, courtesy Outside Online Zimbabwe is selling off its wildlife in what officials there are calling a conservation solution to a devastating drought that is depleting food sources for both humans and animals. The announcement last month from Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (called Zimparks)…

Hawaii’s Legendary Voyaging Canoe Makes History at the UN

Hawaii’s legendary traditional voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa achieved the pinnacle of her historic four-year sail around the world at today’s United Nations (UN) celebration of World Oceans Day: a global event focused on ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year’s theme of “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” encouraged individuals and organizations across the globe to…