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Climate Change Implicated in a Specific Extreme Weather Event

Scientists have warned that even a few degrees rise in global temperatures can lead to increasingly severe storms. Now an international team of climate scientists has linked man-made climate change to historic flooding that hit the south of England in the winter of 2013–2014. It’s the first time a peer-reviewed research paper has connected climate…

Chinese Cities Show Climate Leadership on a Global Stage

By Zachary Tofias, Head of C40’s Sustainable Communities Initiative By 2030, China is expected to have more than one billion urban dwellers, placing increasing pressures on the country’s cities and leaders to think innovatively in taking action against climate change. At the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles in September of last year, Chinese…

Exploring Toxic Ice Caves in an Active Volcano

National Geographic grantee Eduardo Cartaya and his team descend into a volcano’s toxic ice caves on a mission to protect climbers and learn about microbial life in this eerie, otherworldly environment.

The Power and Beauty of Two Blue Whales Racing

Everyone knows they are long (over 65 feet), they are heavy (more than 100 tons), and they are huge (heart as big as a car). But did you also know that blue whales are fast?

Q&A With National Geographic Museum’s ‘Croc Keeper’

Last week, National Geographic Museum opened a new exhibit featuring live crocodiles. Thankfully these new guests came with a chaperone.

Raven’s Perspective: Photos of a Science Expedition to the Sea of Cortez

Pat Raven shares photographs she made on the recent field inspection by the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration along the shores of the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. An accomplished photographer and a professional botanist, Raven is also spouse and travel companion to Peter Raven, chairman of the CRE and president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The two doctors Raven have traveled much of the world together, including on more than a dozen CRE field trips.

Post-COP21, Cities Show Renewed Purpose and Stronger Commitment

By Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group On December 4th, more than 1,000 mayors, local representatives and community leaders took part in the Climate Summit for Local Leaders convened by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg. This largest gathering of elected local leaders…

Steak Story, Part 1: The MosCowBoy

The ribeye steak was called the MosCowBoy. When I cut into it, juice squished out onto the ceramic plate. Each tender bite made my taste buds light up with all six of the essential flavors (sour, salty, sweet, bitter, and especially umami and fat). This was five years ago, in June 2011, when I’d just finished…

How Much Food Does a Thai Elephant Eat in a Day?

During my time traveling in Thailand to explore the unique relationship between humans and elephants, I had to wonder: what does it take to feed one of these giants?

Dutch Police Test Using Raptors to Intercept Errant Drones

With the proliferation of drones has come a rising threat to the security of aircraft as well as the possibility that the aerial devices could be used for crimes, or that they could threaten the safety of stadium crowds. Among the solutions authorities have attempted to deal with the problem have been using drones to…

World of Dances #20

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels. This post is also the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally…

When Ice Melts: Tipping the Scales in the Predator/Prey Arms Race in Antarctica

The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund aims to protect the last wild places in the ocean while facilitating conservation, research, education, and community development programs in the places we explore. This blog entry spotlights some of the exciting work our grantees are doing with support from the LEX-NG Fund. A man is poised with a…

Capturing I-Kiribati Resilience ‘Before It’s Too Late’

For most of Lulu DeBoer’s life, the Kiribati islands existed only in dreams and in the stories she heard from her mother. DeBoer, 24, was raised in Texas, almost 6,000 miles away from the tiny Pacific island nation where her mother was born. Growing up, Kiribati “was always a mystery,” she said. “It just sounded…

Lost Lions Found in Northwest Ethiopia Raise Hopes That Big Cats Survive in Sudan

Exciting news for lions is that an expedition led by Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, supported by Born Free USA, has made camera trap images of the big cats in a remote national park in northwestern Ethiopia, an area the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considered as only a ‘possible range’ for the species. As many as 200 lions may survive across the ecosystem between this part of Ethiopia and the adjacent national park in Sudan, according to the expedition’s analysis. There have been concerns that lions had become extinct in Sudan.

Chasing Beaver at the End of the World

I’ve found my way to the end of the world, or more precisely Ushuaia on the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego. I’m most interested in seeing some of its most recent immigrants, the Canadian beavers (Castor canadensis).