The legal and cultural battle over wind turbines on a small island off the coast of Maine has its implications for communities across the United States.
A massive study seeks to find the source of newborn deaths in South Asia. It’s as broad as it is deep, stretching more than 1,500 miles and two unfriendly borders across sites in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.
In South Sudan, epic wrestling matches between rival tribes are a path to post-war reconciliation.
Reports from the wildlife trade monitoring organization Traffic, African media outlets, and scholarly researchers point to well-developed trade in pangolins from African source countries to China.
BUXAR, India – For farmers living on the banks of the India’s signature river, the Ganges gives and the Ganges takes away. River erosion is an age-old worry for farmers living in the basins of the Ganges, Bramhaputra, and Meghna rivers in India and Bangladesh. Land that was yours one season can vanish, only to…
Forces that have been bridling against environmental regulations and science-based activism may use the India’s Great Power Outage as a cudgel to demolish future restraints on dam construction, coal mining, and other projects.
Mr. Sputum, a candy-striped superhero, battles tuberculosis in India.
“The injuries caused by guns will not be cured by hot milk and turmeric.” A story from India’s past and present.
In his 2003 book, The Zombie Survival Guide, author Max Brooks reports that one of the world’s first recorded zombie pandemics took place in the ancient city of Hierakonpolis, Egypt, around 3,000 BC. A 19th Century expedition to that desert site, he writes, unearthed a tomb whose every surface was etched with scratch marks, as…
It’s not enough for Indian boys and girls to fear that they won’t get a playmate or a spouse or a job because of their unsightly skin-tone. It’s not enough that ads should tell women they need their underarm deodorant to include skin-lightening cream if they want to go sleeveless. Now comes Clean and Dry “intimate wash,” which promises women “protection, fairness and freshness” below the waistline.
Invisible Children has released a new film in its Kony2012 campaign, one that, unlike its predecessor, puts the focus on the countries in central Africa where the murderous Lord’s Resistance Army is currently operating. The filmmakers clearly hope to make the most of the phenomenal reach of the first Kony2012 video, which has garnered more than 90 million views since it launched one month ago, and to address some of the fierce criticism the campaign attracted.
Negotiations in New Delhi to end the 43-day hunger strike of a noted environmental scientist have stalled on the basic issue of trust: According to G.D. Agrawal’s supporters, the government of India has agreed to suspend work on four hydroelectric projects on the upper reaches of the Ganges River, but refuses to commit its pledge to writing.
“At the moment I am quite resigned to my fate,” GD Agrawal, the 80-year-old dean of India’s environmental engineers, says from his hospital bed in the holy city of Varanasi. Agrawal hasn’t eaten since February 8. He hasn’t taken a drink of water since March 8; an intravenous drip of dextrose and vitamins keeps him lucid.
A former child soldier of the Lord’s Resistance Army responds to the clamor over Invisible Children and Kony 2012, the NGO’s campaign against Joseph Kony and the LRA.
A year after voting for independence, South Sudan is at war with itself. A culture of cattle-raiding, twisted by automatic weapons, has caused thousands of deaths.
The photo you see above is of an adorable stray cat that’s living like a squatter at Bangladesh’s biggest children’s hospital. The kitty could be called adorable, if a little standoffish. It’s also something of a scourge: Cats shouldn’t be allowed to roam the open halls and wards of a hospital, certainly not one…
According to a new report, India’s cities are drowning in their own waste due to poor planning and administration. With no one else looking out for their health, individual households take on the burden and financial cost of one of the basic jobs of government. The money to clean water could have been saved or spent on education, housing, health care, or culture and entertainment.
An 11-day hunger strike by the swami of a small ashram ended on Monday night when the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand banned stone and sand mining from the Ganges riverbed near the city of Haridwar pending an environmental impact statement.
It’s strange when someone you’ve seen up close, even for just a few hours, gets killed. Even when they were terrible and had it coming. You see that grey-skinned person bleeding, sagging, disoriented, afraid in the mob, and later you see him dead and stripped. National Geographic contributor Dan Morrison recalls an encounter he had with Muammar Gaddafi.
In this excerpt from his acclaimed book, The Black Nile: One Man’s Amazing Journey Through Peace and War on the World’s Longest River, journalist Dan Morrison chronicles a bus ride across southern Sudan. It is part of his journey along the world’s longest river, from Uganda to Egypt.
Photo of albino fishing cat courtesy Dan Morrison Its distinctively small ears bent flat against its skull, a rare and endangered albino fishing cat paces manically inside its tiny cage at a private zoo in northeastern Bangladesh. Fishing cats are made for the water, and this one is clearly unhappy with the bars standing between…
This post is part of a special National Geographic news series on global water issues. I was standing inside a colonial-era circuit house in a sprawling, malarial city called Malakal in southern Sudan. I had come to see a man about a river, but the man, an Egyptian hydrologist, wasn’t talking. “It is forbidden,” he…