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June 22, 2014: Defying Gravity With Our Dog, Stalking Snow Leopards and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. This week, we soar with dogs, look for a peaceful resolution to Middle Eastern conflicts, recover lost treasures high in the Andes, save snow leopards, venture to the North Pole for the last time, preach the dangers of cheap meat, rehab injured city critters, and ponder our climate future.

Old Growth Rainforest—What Still Stands is More Valuable Than Ever

No matter where I have traveled in the world, I have found that the many of the larger stretches of primeval forests can only be reached by logging roads. Consider the old growth stands of Sitka spruce and red cedar in the Carmanah Valley, on a remote part of southeast Vancouver Island.  Canada’s tallest tree,…

What Air Pollution Sounds Like In L.A.

For some people, the phrase “emotional science” might call to mind the field of psychology or neuroscience. But when UC Berkeley new media professor Greg Niemeyer uses the term, it refers to presenting scientific data in a way that engages people’s feelings as much as their intellect. And sometimes the best way to get a person to feel something, is to get them to hear it.

Big Businesses’ Call for Climate Action: Strong Treaty, More Aid

A group of 285 large investors, representing more than $20 trillion in assets, urged world governments to forge a binding treaty at upcoming climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, and said global spending has not been nearly enough to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius. The call came from a coalition of four green investment groups—representing the…

In a High School Lab, Glimpses of an Ancient Climate

A big part of studying global warming is comparing today’s climate to that of the past. You probably know about the method of getting historic CO2 measurements from bubbles of air trapped in the ice of very old glaciers. But those ice core samples go back only 650,000 years. What we’re trying to do is extend that timeline much further back into the past — as in, 15 million years ago.

Remembering Antarctica, 20 Years Later

Two decades after leading a multi-national team on the first complete dogsled traverse of Antarctica, polar adventurer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence emeritus Will Steger reflects on the expedition–and what climate change means for our planet. On March 3, 1990, a team of six men from six different countries and their 42 sled dogs completed the…

Wade Davis Weighs in on CO2

Eloquent anthropologist, ethnobotanist, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis sends word from Copenhagen, where he’s roaming the streets, exhibitions, and meeting halls recording his observations of the United Nations COP15 meetings on climate change. The result is a glorious blog full of insightful notes and video shorts. Wade’s perspective forms part of the thought-provoking and…

A Sustainable World: Inspiring People to Act

Thomas Culhane, Katey Walter, and Jon Waterman share their insights on co-existing with the planet at the National Geographic Explorers Symposium. Urban planner and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Thomas Culhane‘s nongovernmental organization Solar CITIES trains residents of Cairo’s poorest neighborhoods to build rooftop solar water heaters and other renewable energy, water, and waste management systems.…