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Who Will Save the Last Primary Forests on Earth?

By Brendan Mackey and James Watson

It’s now or never if the world’s surviving primary forests are to be saved. Will the international community act or continue to turn a blind eye to our planet’s key life support systems? Despite their shortcomings, international environmental agreements can provide incentives for national governments and land custodians to turn back the tide of forest destruction. Primary forests, however, remain invisible in forest policy debates and oddly off the radar for most conservation organizations.

April 6, 2014: Riding Horses Across Continents, Swimming in the Arctic Ocean 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. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 – Filipe Masetti left Calgary, Alberta on horseback nearly two…

Viewing Nature’s Beauty Through a New Lens

Nature filmmaker and photographer Louie Schwartzberg wants to really open your eyes, and not just so you can see what’s in front of you. He’s made it his personal goal to help others see the beauty of the world—people, plants, places—in a different way. He’s captured everything from San Francisco to fungi, but Louie is…

March 30, 2014: Skiing Everest, Mission Blue, Search for Michael Rockefeller, Violent Animal Reproduction, and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week his guests try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, figure out if Mother Nature is really trying to kill you, ski off the seven summits including Everest, look inside the city of Damascus during the Syrian War, dive into Mission Blue with Sylvia Earle, look at how much food we waste each year, take a walk on the surface of Mars, and find out what we should pack on a camping trip.

From Night Vision to Heaters, 3 of the Ocean’s Most Remarkable Eyes

This post is reprinted, with permission, from The Extreme Life of the Sea, by Stephen Palumbi and Tony Palumbi, Princeton University Press 2014. Evolution throws countless designs at the proverbial wall and steps back to see what sticks. All that evolution really needs is a big, variable population to experiment on and a lot of…

Lending a Helping Hand to Rescue African Penguin Chicks in South Africa

Guest Blog by Tim Binder, VP of Collection Planning at Shedd Aquarium As a nationally recognized leader in rescue and rehabilitation work, Shedd Aquarium has responded to animals in need for over two decades. Whether it’s providing around-the-clock care for Cayucos, one of our rescued sea otter pups, or serving as an active responder in times…

Animal Pharm: What Can We Learn From Nature’s Self-Medicators?

Self-medicating animals use plants and other surprising materials to improve not only their own health, but the health of their offspring.

Hangout and Explore Your Neighborhood With Nat Geo Explorers

What’s it like to swim with manta rays off Mozambique’s remote coast? Or photograph the world’s rarest animals? Our next Google+ Hangout brings together a cadre of Explorers who spend more time in the field than they do in their own homes. This month we’re celebrating The Great Nature Project by asking a manta ray…

Add Your Snapshot to a Global Album of Earth’s Biodiversity

Google+ Hangout: Global Snapshot of the World’s Plants, Animals For 125 years, National Geographic has continued to share its never-ending curiosity about the world and all that is in it. Now we’re handing over the role of photographer and explorer to you. The Great Nature Project invites people of every age and from every continent…

Strengthening the Bond Between Children and Nature

Veronica Del Bianco of the Natural Leaders Network reveals the special way BioBlitz strengthens the bond between children and nature.

Maria Sibylla Merian Google Doodle Shares Beauty of Nature Illustrations

One of my favorite vendors at D.C.’s Eastern Market sells illustrations of plants and animals. The intricate colored drawings harken back to a golden age of naturalism, when intrepid explorers headed out with little more than a notebook to chronicle the incredible biodiversity of our world. Of course, there are still many species yet to…

Photography and Nature: Camille Seaman at TED 2013

Camille Seaman interrupts the stream of high-tech wizardry of the conference with a rich vision of nature, born from her Shinnecock heritage.

An Abundance of Rarity, Prairies and Beyond – with Eric Dinerstein

  In his travels around the world, World Wildlife Fund Lead Scientist Eric Dinerstein has been fortunate to experience an abundance of today’s uncommon creatures. His latest book, The Kingdom of Rarities, takes readers on a global adventure to the depths of South American savannas, Asian tiger reserves, Michigan woodlands and more. In this interview,…

The Fight Against Climate Change Needs a Retrofit

The New York City apartment building where I grew up was built in the early 1960s.  The building’s heating system still has only one thermostat for more than 150 apartments, and that thermostat is usually set in the mid-70s. If it’s too hot, you must manually adjust each radiator in the apartment (and there’s one…

Seeing Our Planet Through Children’s Eyes

The winners of Children’s Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest were announced today, with first prize going to eight-year-old Anastasya Vorobko from Saint Petersburg in Russia, for her image SOS! This new photo contest, which was launched earlier this summer by National Geographic photographer, Reza, in association with the Azerbaijan-based NGO, IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental…