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The troubles of Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, are getting drowned out by the clamor generated by the superstorms Typhoon Haiyan and Cyclone Phailin. A crisis is still a crisis, however, even if it is not punctuated by 150mph winds and catastrophic flooding. Poyang’s water levels ebb and flow according to the season. In...

The airplane passenger of the month for October was an unusual breed of traveler, one who gratefully received first-class airfare even though the ticket sent him more than 2,000 km out of his way. He was trying to head south for the winter, got lost along the way, and has ended up with winter accommodations near...

HOUR 1 Many rebel armies struggle for international recognition and money, in stark contrast to the well-funded government forces they oppose. In Africa, some such groups see wildlife as walking dollar signs, and poach elephants and rhinos to sell their ivory and horns abroad for cash. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay has made a career of protecting those...