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Caption: The Latin American Confederation of Water and Sanitation Community Organizations (CLOCSAS), recently celebrated eight years of protecting and strengthening community water systems that serve millions of urban and rural water drinkers. By Daniel Moss Water providers, essential to quenching our daily thirst, usually aren’t household names, their logo swooshed across a baseball cap. If...

By Daniel Moss Thirsting for solutions to an exploding water crisis, there's much talk about water reuse. At a recent conference of Mexican water distributors, two starkly different strategies were on display. In one scenario - causing some noses to wrinkle - consumers are asked to drink chemically-treated wastewater that has been re-injected into aquifers. In the other, they slake their thirst on water that's been used, but generally only by ecosystems filtering water over time. Conjuring up prehistory, International Water Association Board Member Daniel Nolasco, described this re-used water as “dinosaur pee”....

Water providers, essential to quenching our daily thirst, usually aren't household names, their logo swooshed across a baseball cap. If we think of them at all, it might be a big city utility. And yet, many urban neighborhoods, and vast stretches of rural areas, are served by tiny, often invisible community operators. In Latin America alone, over 145,000 small community operators serve 70,000,000 people. They are making good – or at least trying to - on the human right to water and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals....

By Tsiory Andrianavalona Nosy Makamby is a gem for paleontologists working on Miocene sedimentary formations in Madagascar. This small island is geologically rich, its sedimentary layers are very fossiliferous, and our discoveries until now are very encouraging. The proximity of the sea also brings in fresh breezes which are very welcome under the hot sun of August. I do love my job--it allows me to work with amazing teammates and discover my country from North to South. As a scientist, I tend to be objective and rational, but through my paleontological field experiences, I was exposed more than once to unusual situations that are tightly tied to people’s beliefs....

In the midst of natural disasters, technology is now increasingly a lifeline; from early warning systems and geographic information systems (GIS) to NASA’s ‘Finder’ device, used to rescue people trapped underground by detecting their heartbeats....

“Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health” by Jay Lemery, MD and Paul Auerbach, MD was published this past October by Rowman & Littlefield. We asked Dr. Auerbach of Stanford University to comment on the aftermath of the recent wildfires in California. By Paul Auerbach The destruction from the wildfires in California (and...

The thirty-three 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 recent 130th anniversary, this series takes a look at their stories. By Mark Collins Jenkins The story, as he liked to tell...

The thirty-three 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 recent 130th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. By Mark Collins Jenkins Almon Thompson didn’t set out to...

The thirty-three 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 recent 130th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. One of our least-known founders, Herbert Gouverneur Ogden, was long...

The thirty-three 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 recent 130th anniversary, this series takes a look at their stories. By Mark Collins Jenkins Despite appearances—he “continued to dress in the...

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 An army captain with a soldierly...

By Libby Hogan Those moments when the recorder is turned off, you sit back in your chair and the conversation sidetracks and winds this way and that, usually over a sugary 3-in-1 premix coffee —  they are some of my favorite moments on assignment. Being shown family photos, sharing jokes. Seeing the similarities and differences...

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 For being related to such a...

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 When he was 12-years-old, Rogers Birnie...

By Libby Hogan MINDAT, Myanmar — Huddled over a smoldering cooker pot with her cracked heels warming on the edge, 90-year-old M’kaan woman Daw Yaw Shen retells the story behind her facial tattoo. “I went with three other girls from my village when we we turned 15 to the local tattoo artist.” As she rotates...