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Make Shark Week About Saving Sharks

The first time I saw an image of a finned shark I was appalled. The shark was sinking in clear beautiful blue water without it’s classic dorsal fin.  The image was especially disturbing because it took a moment for my brain to register what I was looking at, and because the shark was clearly in…

Flood Carries River Monsters Onto the Land

The Texas floods provided an unusual reminder that our buildings and byways are a very recent arrival to this ancient landscape.

Bobcats Prowl Among Us: Haunt Birdfeeders, Brooks, Boulevards

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It’s on the prowl from three hours before sunset until midnight, and again before dawn ‘til three hours after sunrise.  Each night, it moves two to seven miles, mostly on the same route. Along the way it visits, like the humans in whose shadow it lives, known locales.  But its stomping grounds are a hollow…

Wilderness: As it Was in the Beginning

When President Lyndon Johnson signed The Wilderness Act into law September 3, 1964, he stated: “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” Text and Photography by iLCP Fellow Krista Schlyer.

December 23, 2013: Meeting Mr. Everest, Singing Songs in Space and More

This week on National Geographic, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they summit Everest seven times, train for an Antarctic speed record, chase water while dodging cats in Africa, sing along with an astronaut, and overcome a traumatic brain injury.

Oklahoma vs. Texas (Water, Not Football)

By Sharlene Leurig Sometimes I have to step just over the border of my home state Texas to understand just how conservative we really are. Like recently when I spoke at the Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference, where the buzz was all about climate change, conservation pricing, environmental flows and the state’s landmark legislation Oklahoma 2060,…

June 2, 2013: Skiing Down Everest, Chasing Ice (and Oscars), and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio show, host Boyd Matson chats with photographer Jimmy Chin about skiing down Everest while looking for the perfect picture, glacier explorer and photographer James Balog about documenting the rapid change in the planet’s frozen fields, “Jetman” Yves Rossy about strapping four jet engines to his back and jumping out of an airplane, and gear guru Steve Casimiro about what to bring camping for this summer.

Mixing Oil and Water: Scenes From the Texas Oil Boom, Pt. 2

By Monika Freyman, Manager, Water Program, Ceres This post is the second in a two-part series from Monika Freyman, Manager in Ceres’ water program on hydraulic fracturing, water supplies and energy development. Read part one here. In the morning, we drove from Midland into sparsely populated, brush-dominated country. My colleague Ryan Salmon and I were on our way to…

Mixing Oil and Water: Scenes From the Texas Oil Boom

By Monika Freyman, Manager, Water Program, Ceres This post is the first in a two-part series from Monika Freyman, Manager in Ceres’ water program on hydraulic fracturing, water supplies and energy development. Boarding a puddle jumper in Dallas, I picked up a copy of USA Today and opened to the headline“Wealth Rises in the USA’s Heartland.” It was a fitting…

Catch Shares Save Fishermen and Fish

Bubba Cochrane always knew he wanted to be a fisherman. So, despite concerns from his family, he began his career as a deck-hand and eventually saved enough to buy a permit and boat of his own. He’s 43 years old now and owns a commercial fishing business out of Galveston, Texas. Business is good –…

August 12, 2012: Climbing an Electric Rock Face, Fishing in Alaskan Waterways, and More

This week on “National Geographic Weekend,” join host Boyd Matson as we wait out a storm near Mt. Kenya’s summit, add another branch to the human family tree, use the fastest camera on earth to record lightning, risk our lives for the sake of discovering butterflies, out fish Alaska’s grizzlies for salmon, give the gift of electric light using a disposable camera flash and discarded AAA batteries, ride a horse from Calgary to Sao Paulo, and find America’s wackiest roadside stops.

That Sinking Feeling About Groundwater in Texas

In case we need another example of the disturbing ramifications of extreme drought for our future water security, we can look to recent news out of northwest Texas. The High Plains Water District, based in Lubbock, recently reported that the 2011-12 drought drove groundwater levels in its sixteen-county service area to drop an average of…

From Texas to India to the Horn of Africa, Concern about Weather, Water, and Crops

  Hardly a week goes by without new reasons to be concerned about the impact of changing precipitation patterns and mounting water stress on food production. This past week, officials in Texas cut off irrigation water to rice farmers downstream of reservoirs depleted by the worst one-year drought in Texas history.   Even with recent rains,…

Violence in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, two bodies were recently found with a note warning others about using social media to report on cartel drug activities. Blogs and twitter feeds have sprung up to facilitate anonymous reporting on cartel activities. Revisit National Geographic magazine articles on Nuevo Laredo and drug-related violence in Mexico for background on the area and issues.

Genesis Rock (Phil Collins Fans Need Not Apply)

It was with a certain amount of glee that I arrived at my aunt’s house near Houston, Texas, a few weeks ago and told her the highlight of my media tour at NASA’s Johnson Space Center was putting on a bunny suit. The incredulous eyebrows were lowered when I explained that this is the playful…