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May 11, 2014: Capturing the Spirit of Adventure, Saving Sea Turtles 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 – Adventurers who regularly push their limits of…

Youth Change Ireland’s (Water) Course

The dry Colorado River may be starkly different from the green landscape and rushing rivers of County Mayo in western Ireland, but students in the county have become water ambassadors – teaching themselves, their families, and their community about the importance of water conservation efforts. Water was a hot topic at Ireland’s National Science Week,…

September 29, 2013: Photographing Every Animal in Captivity, Saving Apes from Guerillas, and More

Join us this week, as we set a world record kayaking 151 miles in 24 hours, then build an Ark to help save all of the world’s animals, teach pandas to breed successfully, and finally, rekindle old friendships with indigenous people in Nepal after 45 years apart.

Change the Course: Hope for “Troubled Waters”

Earlier this year, National Geographic Freshwater Fellow (and Water Currents host and contributor) Sandra Postel gave a talk to a packed auditorium at National Geographic headquarters here in Washington, D.C. In “Troubled Waters,” Postel outlined the challenges we face in an increasingly water-strapped world. But unlike many predictions of gloom and doom of late, Postel…

May 5, 2013: An Ambush on the Amazon, Croc Attacks in Africa and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, host Boyd Matson chats with adventurer Davey du Plessis who attempted to ride the Amazon River from source to sea but was attacked in a random ambush by gunmen; Nat Geo water fellow Sandra Postel discusses the fate of the Amazon River; and an Australian croc wrangler goes to Africa to try to track a river beast.

Chat About Water With Sandra Postel and Other NG Experts Today on Google Hangout

Water Currents’ own Sandra Postel, National Geographic’s Freshwater Fellow, will be talking live with the public today at 2 p.m. Eastern time on a special Google Hangout for Earth Week. The conversation, Clean Water For All, is being hosted by Whole World Water and is moderated by Billy Wilson. Sandra will be joined by David de…

Earth Day Hangout Kicks Off Week-Long Series

Following April 22nd’s kick-off Earth Day Hangout on Air, National Geographic will launch of series of daily Hangouts- each one tackling a key environmental issue.

We’re Heading Into the Rapids All Wrong

My experience running a rapid on the Payette River in Idaho offers a metaphor and lesson for our time. Lately, as I ponder our societal response, or lack of it, to the challenging times ahead – the droughts and floods and heat waves and crop failures, which we’ve tasted only as appetizers so far –…

A River in New Zealand Gets a Legal Voice

  It speaks the language of riffles and babbles, not legal rights and codes, but the Whanganui River, New Zealand’s third largest, has received something no other river in the country – and possibly the world – yet has: a legal voice. In a framework agreement signed last week between the Crown and the Whanganui…

Waste Food, Waste Water — A Message From World Water Week

World Water Week—an annual conference in Stockholm dedicated to discussing the management of global water resources—opened Monday with a message about cleaning your plate.

Food waste, according to experts at the conference, accounts for significant water waste.

A third to a half of all food grown globally either sits untouched on our plates or rots before it even gets there. A new report from the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) states that 40 percent of food purchased in the U.S. is thrown away. And a new documentary called Taste the Waste highlights the problem. Watch the trailer.

An Aquatic Surprise at BioBlitz 2012

Ecologist Evan Thomas of the University of Colorado looked for a decade for a green algae called Volvox.  At this year’s BioBlitz, surrounded by volunteers eager to catalog the water bugs of Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, he found it!  I asked Evan to explain his find. Sandra Postel is director of the…

Counting Water Bugs for Rocky Mountain BioBlitz

Tiny bugs called macro-invertebrates help make freshwater ecosystems tick, and as a team of volunteers found out at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, they’re diverse, abundant and just plain cool little creatures. Rachel Harrington, a freshwater ecologist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, led the BioBlitz volunteers in identifying the water…

Rocky Mountains and the Water of Life

Sandra Postel, Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society and director of the independent Global Water Policy Project, is at the Rocky Mountain National Park BioBlitz today. In this video she talks about the critical importance of freshwater for all the species in the park, and the role of the park and the Rocky Mountains…

Giant Amazon Dam Stalled Again – Indigenous Voices to be Heard?

If built, the Belo Monte dam in northern Brazil will be the third largest in the world.

But that is a big “if.” The Brazilian courts have suspended the $17-billion project once again, saying indigenous people whose lives would be affected by the enormous hydroelectric operation were not properly consulted.

In Remembrance of Wangari Maathai

  Anyone who had the privilege of meeting Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai knows that a good dose of the inspiration she so generously imparted emanated from her amazing smile.   As courageous as she was warm, Maathai stood tall and strong in the face of incredible adversity in her Kenyan homeland, just as she hoped the…