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Flooding the Landscape: The Site C Dam on B.C.’s Peace River

This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and Photos by iLCP Fellow Garth Lenz. As the small Piper Super Cub climbs, this beautiful valley spreads out below…

Emergency in the Amazon—the Chácobo in Bolivia

In the wake of catastrophic flooding, the Chácobo people begin the struggle to rebuild their lives.

Drought and Flood Effects

It is a tale of too much and too little right now in the Northern Hemisphere.  Communities are suffering weather-induced miseries.  Crop production is way off, and the future of food production in the region is looking worse.  Ecosystems are under stress and so too the animals that depend on them.  Experts are unable to…

Lake Science Goes High-Tech to Understand Impacts of Extreme Weather Events in Argentina

As I walked along the shore of the serene Laguna La Salada at the northern fringe of the Patagonia region of Argentina, I struggled to imagine the severity of the storm that wrecked havoc on this small lake and the rest of Buenos Aires province just six months before. The Southern Hemisphere spring was in…

September 22, 2013: Paddling the Americas, Blind Date Adventures, and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, as we pursue adrenaline and white water throughout the Americas, blind date for 200 miles down Alaska’s Lost Coast, and learn to thrive despite past failures.

Colorado Droughts, Wildfires, and Floods, Oh My!

September 16–The view from my window this morning in Boulder, Colorado, is gloomy.  Clouds hover over the mountains, reminding me of the storm we have weathered, and the dismal conditions here on the ground. Torrential rains swept through Colorado’s Front Range this past week, resulting in calamitous floods that continue to threaten lives, destroy property,…

Water Issues Ripple Through Obama Climate Change Speech

President Obama’s climate change speech on Tuesday from Georgetown University was full of references to climate change impacts on water availability, flooding, and drought.  He dealt head on with key issues of changing water cycle intensity, and in particular, with the increasing frequency of hydrologic extremes.  From the outset, the President invoked the Blue Marble…

RISE: Climate Change and Coastal Communities

By Claire Schoen Media Most of the great cities, the world over, are built along the water. So are many towns, hamlets, and villages. But sea level rise and extreme weather, both fueled by climate change, threaten to reclaim coastal lands and the communities that are built on them. The destruction of New York’s shoreline,…

Geography in the News: Storm Surge Threats

Storm surges are the most damaging of all tropical storm dynamics. What causes them and why they are such threats are explained in this article, particularly with the examples of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina.

Superstorm Sandy Speaks to Preparedness for Climate Disruption

As floodwaters rose in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park, surged down Long Island’s Montauk Highway, and turned Atlantic City, New Jersey into a saltwater lake, Hurricane Sandy appeared to be a preview of the apocalypse. But for a historic, record-breaking storm, Sandy’s toll of death and human loss has thankfully been modest. To be sure, any…

Get Prepped: Hurricane Sandy Edition

Hurricane Sandy (aka “Frankenstorm”) an enormous Category One hurricane is on its way to the eastern seaboard with the potential to be one of the most devastating storms on record. (See also: Hurricane Sandy Could Be One of Most Destructive Storms.) Sandy is a huge: As of this writing, the storm’s strongest hurricane-force winds extend…

Debby’s Downpour Drenching Florida

Tropical Storm Debby, expected to come ashore later today on Florida’s Gulf Coast, has dumped more than two feet of rain in some places and caused flooding south of Tallahassee, Florida as it has meandered slowly along the Florida Panhandle. The snail’s-pace movement of the storm at about 3 mph since Sunday has allowed Debby to drench…

Restoring Rivers by Restoring Flooding

The Army Corps of Engineers is making floods. It’s true.  I’ve seen them doing it.  They’ve been doing it for years.  And it’s a very good thing for fish, frogs, mussels, wetlands, and local communities that depend on the bounty of healthy river systems and estuaries for their livelihoods and economies. As part of a…

The Stars That Know No Rest

Next week me and my mummy are off to visit Egypt, a trip I’ve been looking forward to for more than a year. Sadly, our jam-packed itinerary doesn’t include much computer time, so blogging from the field is not an option. A guard watches over statues of Ramses II in Abu Simbel —Photo by David…