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By Marlene Cimons Kristina Stinson never had an allergic reaction to ragweed until after she started working with it. “I think the repeated exposure to the pollen is what did it,” she said. It also didn’t help that her community is chock-full of it. “There is plenty of ragweed in my neighborhood,” she said. “In…

Changing Planet

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By Jessica Perelman, PhD Student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa “95% of our oceans have never been explored.” This is a statistic that I hear regularly, and it holds a pretty strong message. What’s out there beneath the surface? How is the ocean changing? One of the greatest challenges in conveying the significance…

Human Journey

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By Susan Lieberman Sharm el Shekih, Egypt The global community has gathered in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt for the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, or CBD—an international treaty to which every country in the world other than the U.S. is a member (but that’s another story). I am here leading…

Wildlife

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By Jeremy Radachowsky By now, we recognize that deforestation and fossil fuel emissions impact polar bears in the Arctic and raise sea levels around the world. But climate change also hits in ways and places less publicized. Climate change has hit Central America hard. In the past several years, hotter, drier, and more variable weather…

Changing Planet

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The National Geographic Society is pleased to announce an innovative partnership between National Geographic Education and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). The partnership will increase access to high-quality professional development in the field of geography. UNI is now offering graduate credit to students who enroll in the National Geographic online course “Connecting the Geo-Inquiry…

Human Journey

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Last week governments met in the southern reaches of Hobart, Australia to make decisions on how to manage the vulnerable icy waters around Antarctica. They deliberated in the wake of the recent reports, which concluded with high confidence that climate change will cause dramatic environmental changes and loss of sea ice. As if to underscore…

Changing Planet

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By Marlene Cimons Climate change has spurred the spread of invasive insects that devour crops, destroy homes, and spread disease. Now, rising temperatures are driving cadaver-eating blow flies to migrate north in search of cooler weather, with consequences for forensic scientists who rely on them to solve crimes. Blow flies are drawn to dead bodies, both human…

Changing Planet, Wildlife

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At the National Geographic Society, we’re mad about maps, so it was understandably difficult to choose just a few from our archive. But to commemorate 130 years since the first time we published a map, we thought we’d do just that. Curated by our own staff geographer Alex Tait and manager of the Map Library Michael Fry, these are some……

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(adapted from the book Eye of the Albatross) East Island has just about disappeared. Hurricane Walaka has washed it away. This happened just a few days ago. You might be relieved to hear that it is so remote a part of Hawaii’s Northwest Islands that no one lived there and no one will be affected….

Changing Planet