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Should Species Be Paid Royalties?

Perhaps one of the most interesting ways that people use species is to support our own actions, beliefs, and loyalties. Some of the most recognizable mascots and brands in the world are based on the qualities associated with a species or, more often than not, the actual species itself. Our cultures are filled with businesses,…

Dead and Lost Boobies: Harbingers of a Growing El Niño?

Starving seabirds far from home may point to a brewing El Nino in the Pacific.

West-Slope Colorado Towns Restore Local Flows, Even as Thirsty Front-Range Lawns Drink From their Rivers

  By Sandra Postel and Todd Reeve When residents in Denver, Colorado Springs and other cities on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains turn on their sprinklers to irrigate lawns, they rarely think about the fate of fish in the headwaters of the Colorado River on the other side of the Continental Divide. But,…

Inside Europe’s Mystical Sufi Lodges, Part IV: Albania

In Macedonia, the Bektashis face many challenges, but they fight to keep their doors open to those who are willing to share ideas and hospitality. National Geographic Young Explorers Grantee Mehves Lelic reports in words and photos—this time in Albania itself!

Why the World Cup Is About More Than Soccer

Explorer and peacemaker Aziz Abu Sarah finds the intense passions at soccer’s greatest tournament unite people from all countries and cultures for love of the game.

Milky Way’s Most Distant Stars Spotted

Astronomers have spotted the most distant stars still inside the Milky Way Galaxy.

Winners of First Drone Aerial Photo Contest Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of the first National Geographic France/Dronestagram contest for aerial photographs made with the use of drones.

Sex in the City: As Cities Grow, Are We Forgetting the Urban Poor?

Today, 3.9 billion of us live in cities. That’s more than half the world’s population. By 2050, two-thirds of us will live in urban areas. Today is World Population Day, and this week the United Nations Population Division released the latest version of its World Urbanization Prospects. The 2014 projections show continued population growth and…

USAID Comes in on Fresh Legs to Help Save Wildlife

Time is running out for wildlife. Now, like a World Cup footballer coming in for a late-game substitution, USAID enters the conservation game with new energy and some bold moves.

China and U.S. Sign Pacts on Climate Change

The world’s two largest carbon emitters have signed pacts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The deals—actually eight projects demonstrating smart grids and carbon capture, utilization and storage—were made through the China-U.S. Climate Change Working Group and will involve companies and research bodies. “The significance of these two nations coming together can’t be understated,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the…

Q&A: Inside the Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking in Brazil

Conservation biologist Juliana Machado Ferriera talks about her work to halt illegal wildlife trade in Brazil, which affects nearly 40 million animals each year.

Local Leaders Restoring Fishing Economy and Ocean Health

By: Michael Bell, Oceans Program Director, The Nature Conservancy in California The best way to protect our oceans is by empowering local communities and fishermen that have the most to gain from sustainable fisheries.  The Nature Conservancy and its partners have tested this theory by partnering with local fishing communities to take charge of the waters…

New Report Shows Cities Realize Economic Benefits of Taking Actions to Protect Against Climate Change Impacts

Today, C40, its partner CDP and AECOM released Protecting Our Capital, a new report that highlights the risks climate change poses to businesses in cities – and shows how city government climate adaptation actions are contributing to business resilience. Of the 207 cities surveyed in the report, 75 percent report that climate change impacts threaten the…

July 6, 2014 Radio Show: Bagging Himalayan Peaks and Picking the Perfect Outdoor Gear

  Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Every day, we’ll upload new radio content from the most recent episode of National Geographic Weekend! You can also listen to our podcast while you’re on…

Watch: Sneaky Octopus Dismantles Camera

Such behavior isn’t out of the ordinary for octopi, among the most clever—and mischievous—of the invertebrates, expert says.