Ideas & Insight from Explorers

Latest Insights

Wondering about the Economic Impact of Ecotourism on Marine Mammals? Read Here…

Marine tourism is now considered a “new frontier of late-capitalist transformation”, producing more revenue than aquaculture and fisheries put together. For many coastal communities, this industry is becoming the most significant economic activity. Marine tourism spans from simple operations run by one or few people (charter fishing boat operators, sea kayak tour guides, scuba diving…

Read More

To Fight Illegal Fishing, Authorities Tighten Many Nets at Once

In most industries, the crimes would spark an international outcry: Thousands of tons of a prized commodity stolen every day, leaving a long trail of victims and frustrated authorities. The commodity is fish. And the crime—illegal fishing—accounts for up to $23.5 billion worth of seafood every year. The perpetrators roam the global ocean, often in…

Read More

Stream live Tonight 6:30pm EST: The Megatransect – reflections on a wilderness journey

Watch a live presentation tonight of a historic wilderness journey, video streaming tonight direct from National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., beginning 6:30pm EST Tuesday, Jan. 9 .  Access through this link to Facebook Live OR this link to Livestream. Twenty years ago, conservationist Mike Fay led a team on a more than 3,000-mile grueling trek from the Republic of…

Read More

A Smithsonian Who Helped Found the National Geographic Society

The 33 founders of the National Geographic Society were an adventurous and accomplished group. They included scientists, explorers, a journalist and a superintendent of the National Zoo. In recognition of the National Geographic Society’s upcoming 130th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. By Mark Collins Jenkins In April 1896, an assistant secretary…

Read More

Grove Karl Gilbert, ‘A Captain Bold’

The 33 founders of the National Geographic Society were an adventurous and accomplished group. They included scientists, explorers, a journalist and a superintendent of the National Zoo. In recognition of the National Geographic Society’s upcoming 130th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. By Mark Collins Jenkins “…happiness is sitting under a tent…

Read More

George Kennan: Investigative Reporter Who Helped Found National Geographic Society

The 33 founders of the National Geographic Society were an adventurous and accomplished group. They included scientists, explorers, a journalist and a superintendent of the National Zoo. In recognition of the National Geographic Society’s upcoming 130th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. Asked once where he was educated, George Kennan supposedly replied,…

Read More

Listening to Our Ancestors: Biocultural Diversity through the Indigenous Lens

Text by Jon Waterhouse | Photos by Mary Marshall National Geographic Explorers Traditional community on the Giraffe River (Bahr-el-Zaraf) in South Sudan, 2011 This article first appeared in Langscape Magazine 6:2, Winter 2017, available from the magazine’s website.  The article can also be read on Langscape Magazine’s Medium site. Langscape Magazine is a Terralingua publication.  We are now living…

Read More

The National Geographic’s Society’s First Expedition Leader

The 33 founders of the National Geographic Society were an adventurous and accomplished group. They included scientists, explorers, a journalist and a superintendent of the National Zoo. In recognition of the National Geographic Society’s upcoming 130th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. He wrote engagingly of his many expeditions to the American…

Read More

Why Plentiful Fish Stocks Protect Human Health and Wellbeing

National Geographic Explorer Dr. Christopher Golden and his team of Harvard Planetary Health Scholars spent six weeks in Madagascar to better understand the human health impacts of environmental change. This post is part of the series of stories that document a journey across Madagascar through the personal experiences of these students….

Read More

Study Says Meeting Paris Agreement Goals Won’t Prevent Aridification

A study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that more than a quarter of Earth’s land will become significantly drier even if the world manages to limit warming to the Paris Agreement goal of less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Limiting the temperature rise to the agreement’s more ambitious goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius could significantly reduce the amount of land affected….

Read More

James Howard Gore: Master of the Mathematics of Earth

The 33 founders of the National Geographic Society were an adventurous and accomplished group. They included scientists, explorers, a journalist and a superintendent of the National Zoo. In recognition of the National Geographic Society’s upcoming 130th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. “The proper study of mankind is man—not man in his…

Read More

Winfield Scott Schley: A Hero, But Not Without Controversy

The 33 founders of the National Geographic Society were an adventurous and accomplished group. They included scientists, explorers, a journalist and a superintendent of the National Zoo. In recognition of the National Geographic Society’s upcoming 130th anniversary, we take a look at their stories. From the Arctic to South America, from China to Sweden and…

Read More

About the Blog

Researchers, conservationists, and others share stories, insights and ideas about Our Changing Planet, Wildlife & Wild Spaces, and The Human Journey. More than 50,000 comments have been added to 10,000 posts. Explore the list alongside to dive deeper into some of the most popular categories of the National Geographic Society’s conversation platform Voices.

Opinions are those of the blogger and/or the blogger’s organization, and not necessarily those of the National Geographic Society. Posters of blogs and comments are required to observe National Geographic’s community rules and other terms of service.

Voices director: David Braun (dbraun@ngs.org)

Social Media