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10 Cities Just Stepped Up Their Climate Action On The Road To Paris

Today, ten global cities from 5 continents, representing 58 million people and more than US$ 3 trillion GDP, join first-mover Rio de Janeiro in announcing their compliance with the Compact of Mayors in advance of the COP21 climate negotiations. The cities of Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Melbourne, New York, Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney and Washington, DC…

Rio de Janeiro just became world’s first Compact of Mayors compliant city

  Today, C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes announced his city’s full compliance with the Compact of Mayors, making it the first city in the world to reach the Compact compliance milestone. The announcement comes at an exciting time in this global effort: earlier this week, US President Barack Obama announced that 15 new…

President Obama just challenged all cities to step up their climate game before COP21

The White House released a fact sheet today announcing a number of initiatives to increase energy efficiency measures in cities across the United States, and specifically called out the Compact of Mayors as a key effort to achieve President Obama’s goals.   Specifically, President Obama issued a challenge to all U.S. mayors to publicly commit to…

The Proposed 4(d) Rule on Ivory and How Each of Us Can Help Ensure a Future for Elephants

By John Calvelli

August 12th has been designated as World Elephant Day, an opportunity for all of us to celebrate this iconic species. Hopefully, it will also serve as a reminder that each of us can make a difference. By supporting the proposed ESA 4(d) rule we will make sure that our voices are being heard and we are playing our part to make sure that there is a future for elephants.

The Hazards of Growing Up on Treasure Island: One of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

Some residents who live on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay are concerned about exposure to toxins, because many areas on the island have been marked as radioactive. While officials at the California Environmental Protection Agency have not currently identified unsafe levels of contamination in homes on the island, young people who live there still worry about potential health risks.

San Francisco’s Parks Scoured in Wildlife Inventory

One soggy Saturday morning in March, six kids and their parents stared into the San Francisco Bay looking for “Mussels, Mollusks and More!” Smithsonian Marine Biologist Linda McCann was on hand to help make sense of it all. “Anybody here know what those are?” McCann asks her rapt audience. “We have a lot of barnacles,…

May 4, 2014: Driving to the World’s Coldest Cities and Cracking the Humor Code

The winter of 2014 was long and cold in many parts of North America. But even the most frigid midwestern temperatures would be considered mild to Oymyakon, Russia’s 472 residents. One of the candidates for the “Coldest Town in the World,” Felicity Aston visited the Siberian hamlet in the middle of winter to learn how its residents deal with sustained temperatures of -76 degrees Fahrenheit. On her 18,000 mile “Pole of Cold” drive from London to Europe and Asia’s coldest places, Aston learned that the residents love winter, because it often provides them with their livelihood, it connects them with nearby towns by letting them drive over frozen lakes and rivers. She also gives tips on how to get a car to start when the mercury dips nearly 100 degrees below freezing.

Biodiversity Gold: Photos from the Golden Gate BioBlitz

View a photo gallery of some of the incredible species discovered at the 2014 National Geographic/National Park Service BioBlitz event.

BioBlitz Highlights From the Social Sphere

By Ryan White, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The big story of BioBlitz can’t be told without all the small stories that make up the event. See some of the best tweets, photos, and more from this year’s event.

Landscapes of Golden Gate BioBlitz

With 2,700 students and 300 scientists counting species in these parks, the total effect is much bigger than the sum of its parts. See photos of the wide array of environments covered in this year’s BioBlitz.

BioBlitz Comes to San Francisco

Over 300 scientists reported for duty Friday morning, March 28th for a 24-hour species count at San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Parks. The event, known as BioBlitz, brings together local scientists and members of the community to survey a new national park each year. This year, the National Geographic-National Park Service partnership celebrates its 8th…

Golden Gate BioBlitz: Lots of Nature to Explore

Distinguished botanist Peter Raven wishes he could participate personally in this Golden Gate BioBlitz, “because I grew up in San Francisco and became fascinated with nature – first mainly insects, then plants – in the City and around the Bay Area, from the 1940s onward. 

There is no area more fascinating in its biology, with many differences in relatively small geographical areas.”

Fair Fish: San Francisco Fishermen Shake Up the Docks With Community Model

By Ed Backus Northern California’s salmon season is in full swing and on San Francisco’s Pier 45, a two-year-old fishermen’s cooperative, the San Francisco Community Fishing Association, is upending a fishing industry dominated by 800-pound gorillas and consolidation. The co-op is moving tens of thousands of pounds of members’ salmon directly out onto the market,…

Finding New Ways to Think About Water

All across California, water researchers are studying how water—and not enough of it—will affect the state in the future.