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Search for the Giant Chinese Swamp Cypress: Meet the Tree Team

For this National Geographic-sponsored expedition to save the Critically Endangered Chinese swamp cypress (Glyptostrobus pensilis), we have brought together a dynamic group of people from the U.S., Scotland, and Laos. Let me introduce you to our team. We broke up into three groups to conduct surveys in promising watersheds of the Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area…

Bats Big and Small in the World’s Oldest Desert

Vying with desert elephants for a spot at waterholes at night, NG Young Explorer Grantee Theresa Laverty begins her search for insect-eating bats along northwestern Namibia’s dry riverbeds.

A Day in the Life of a Researcher in Search of Rats

The last twenty-four hours on Fernando de Noronha have been non-stop, non-sleep, and action filled, and not just because it’s been Carnival in Brazil.

Fair Trade Writes New Chapter In Story of Tuna

  Tuna is the second most popular seafood in the United States, yet for most Americans, it’s a non-descript protein puck that inevitably gets mixed with mayonnaise and celery. Maybe the tuna in that can came from the Philippines, or Micronesia? Perhaps it was caught by a Japanese vessel and transferred to a processing plant…

10 Years of Results: C40 By the Numbers

2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. To celebrate these 10 Years of Results, we will be sharing our favorite lists of 10 throughout the year. C40 is a data-driven organization – our mayors know firsthand that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it, and we adhere to that philosophy. Find some…

The Small Town Boy Who Charted a New Course for Our Oceans

As a North Carolina graduate student, Bill Hogarth remembers fishermen proudly hanging giant marlin high on the wharf at Morehead City so people could admire and photograph the prized catch. But after the crowds lost interest, it was Hogarth’s job to cut down the nearly half-ton behemoths and watch their lifeless bodies float out to…

500 Years on a Tropic Island in 500 Words or Less

When studying invasive species on a remote island, it helps to know the island’s history. And this one’s good.

Climate Change Poses Existential Water Risks

We often hear it said that climate change is too abstract to win the support needed to effectively combat it. But the primary way we will experience climate change is through the water cycle – through droughts, floods, depleted rivers, shrinking reservoirs, dried-out soils, melting glaciers, loss of snowpack and overall shortages of water to…

Entrepreneurs around Micronesia Restore Both Fisheries and Local Economies

The Fish 2.0 business competition held a workshop for entrepreneurs from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Marshall Islands, Palau, Guam and Saipan. The workshop was held in Pohnpei with the support of the Micronesia Conservation Trust, IdEA and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Before we went, some colleagues wondered whether there would be…

Diving the (Almost) Most Biodiverse Reef in the World

Among large numbers and variety of sea creatures, we finally catch a glimpse of the elusive bumphead parrotfish we’ve come to study.

Disability as Big Business in Phnom Penh

Disability is big business​ in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. ​On almost every street​ ​there is a sign, sometimes several in a row, advertising massages by blind people. In addition to these ubiquitous blind massage businesses, there are also shops advertising clothing and accessories ​”​made by people with disabilities.” I am inclined to be wary of businesses that use ​t​h​is marketing approach, a wariness intensified by its currency in Cambodia.

Swamp Stomping, Animal Sightings, and the Value of Trails

Halfway through the #Glades2Gulf Expedition, explorers offer tips on navigating Florida’s back country, give an update on the species seen so far, and put some numbers to the value of nature trails.

Pictures: Hippo Struggles to Escape Ocean Surf

Residents of Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique were shocked to find a hippopotamus apparently struggling in the ocean surf in front of the beach town earlier this month. The giant mammal, which can weigh two or three tons, is certainly no stranger to water, living much of its life in Africa’s rivers and lakes. But while hippos have been known to stray into the sea in Gabon, it’s a very rare occurrence in southern Africa

Love Water for Chocolate

As Valentine’s Day approaches, no doubt many of us have chocolate on our minds and taste buds. Delicious, dark, tempting chocolate that, eaten in moderation, may even be good for us. As we’ve learned in recent years, the cocoa beans that give chocolate its main ingredient contain flavanols, which scientists have discovered may reduce the…

The Gladiator Tree Frog

This post is the latest in the series Places, Experiences and Objects to Dream About, which profiles marvelous locations, unique life experiences and objects of interest to modern explorers that Kike discovers during my travels. Ranked as one of the 12 most beautiful national parks in the world by Forbes, Manuel Antonio National Park is dotted with breathtaking white sand beaches…