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AN ISLAND OF HOPE IN A SEA OF SOYA

Survival International’s Sarah Shenker visits Guaviry; a Guarani community under siege in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.   Three gunshots. Bang, bang, bang.   The night was pitch black. It was impossible to know where the gunmen were.   “They’re sending a message,” Genito Guarani said. “They’re watching our every move.”   Like everyone at…

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Students Use the Geo-Inquiry Process to Increase Water Access in Their Town

Students at Foulks Ranch Elementary School, with teacher and National Geographic Education Fellow Jim Bentley, completed the final phase of their Geo-Inquiry project to address the question, “How can we make water more accessible and reduce plastic waste in our parks and school?”. The students helped Cosumnes Community Services District park administrators install a bottle-filling station…

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Top 25 Birds of Africa

Africa is home to some 2341 bird species, 67% of which are endemic to the continent. We were overwhelmed by the number of photographs submitted this week! It seems that many have been enchanted by Africa’s amazing birdlife. As Rudyard Kipling said: “One cannot resist the lure of Africa.” We invite you to join us on…

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Connective Tissue: Explorers Symposium (Day 1) and National Geographic Awards

We are always part of interrelated processes of momentary events. That is what one of my mentors in college used to explain to us, his students, during the Buddhist Philosophy course. He was teaching us about the interconnectivity of it all, according to a buddhist system of thought called abhidharma. Nothing is independent. Everything is interdependent….

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Apocalyptic Skies, Junkyard Sharks, Forgotten Spaceships, New Friends — Four Tales of the Red Sea

Returning to sea for the first time in nearly a decade brought back memories of the wildest three weeks of my life — when we sailed Mir down the Red Sea in July 2010 during her maiden voyage from Malta to Singapore and were faced with suffocating heat, sun-blotting dust, grumpy sharks, and the very…

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Top 25 Birds of Europe

Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Birds of Europe. Europe is a fairly species poor continent, with about 700 birds recorded. European bird populations are under severe threat from human development, particularly agriculture. A recent review found one third of all birds in Europe to be threatened. Even common birds like the European Turtle…

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Financing deal failure opens opportunity for you to act on Pebble Mine

By Safina Center Staff Pebble Limited Partnership is the mineral exploration corporation behind a proposed project to build a gold and copper mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska, imperiling the world’s last great sockeye salmon run. Environmentalists, scientists and local residents have criticized the project as a wish for certain destruction of this…

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This is not the first time that immigrant children have been at risk. Here is the story of a moment when public intervention helped.

Lately, the news about immigrant children have been bleak. The stories have been controversial, heartbreaking, and deeply disturbing. When one story, a story about immigrant children being lost by the US government, proved to be untrue, there was a moment of hope: perhaps all the horrors along the US-Mexico border that we had heard of…

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Caught In a Race Against Climate Change, Lizards Hit an Evolutionary Dead End

By Marlene Cimons Brown anoles are one of the most successful species on the planet. These resilient creatures have settled throughout a large portion of the Western Hemisphere, even landing in such distant places as Hawaii and Singapore by hitching rides across the Pacific in shipments of ornamental plants. In the southeastern United States, they…

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