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The Greater London National Park* Opens

“There is this idea that a National Park has to be remote and rural, but cities are incredibly important habitats too.” Daniel Raven-Ellison describes his project to change the way people look at cities.

Expert Voices: Arnoud Molenaar, Manager, Rotterdam Climate Proof, City of Rotterdam

In the last few months, Rotterdam has met a series of milestones to make the city more climate resilient. Most recently, the city, together with all partner cities in the C40 Connecting Delta City (CDC) Network, is proud to have published the third volume of the C40 Connecting Delta Cities (CDC) book, ‘Resilient Cities and…

Expert Voices: Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

How megacities are becoming central players in the fight against climate change In November 2012, superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast, claiming dozens of lives and causing billions in damages to the US economy. Lower Manhattan at night, otherwise a hub of around the clock activity, was dark, silent, and flooded. That image, reminiscent…

Geography in the News: The Growth of Megacities

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Megacities’ Expansive Growth For the first time in human history, more of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in cities than in rural areas. That is an incredible demographic and geographic shift since 1950 when only 30 percent of the world’s 2.5 billion inhabitants lived…

Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows Will Shine Spotlight on Critical World Issues

The Department of State and National Geographic share a common interest in ensuring that individuals throughout the world have access to information that serves to break down barriers between people, said Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan in her remarks at the official signing event of the new Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. The inaugural fellows will “will shine a spotlight on critical world issues that serve as the themes of this year’s Digital Storytelling program: Biodiversity, Cities, Cultures, Disasters, Energy, Food, Oceans, and Water.”

July 14, 2013: Leaving Your Spouse In the Death Zone, Brokering a Human-Tiger Peace, and More

This week, we summit all of 14 of the world’s 8,000 metre peaks with the first woman to do so, then we try to reduce human-animal conflict across India, and finally, we meet some of the world’s ugliest critters.

Urban Weather: How Cities May Be Changing the Climate

Air pollution. Light pollution. Radical changes to local ecosystems. The profound environmental impact of cities is a popular topic among scientists these days. Now it appears that cities may actually be changing the weather — and the effects are being felt not just in urban areas, but in places thousands of miles away from major metropolises.

July 22, 2012: Biking Africa’s Indian Ocean Coast, Studying Life in Antarctica, and More

This week on “National Geographic Weekend,” join host Boyd Matson as we bike from Mt. Kilimanjaro to Cape Town, then we hire an army to defend a dig site in Niger, explore the world’s growing city populations, discover what Boyd has in common with The Terminator, hear about the unglamorous side to science exploration in Antarctica, wander around Australia’s Outback, earn recognition for a lifetime’s wok in biodiversity, and finally we dig up a tomb full of millions of embalmed puppies.

Sustainable Cities “Can Improve Lives and Build a Healthier Planet”

It may seem counterintuitive in a world where giant urban concentrations of billions of people are snagged in traffic congestion and endless sprawl, but cities may well be the smartest way to both make our use of the planet sustainable and raise prosperity.

C40 Answers the Question “Why Cities”

Many first-time readers of City Solutions may ask themselves, “But why do cities matter when it comes to a huge problem like global climate change?” The C40 Cities team answers this question elegantly through a sleek, scrolling graphic on the new www.C40.org platform. The facts show that cities are most likely to experience severe impacts…

Children in Cities: Forging a Sustainable Urban Future

By Anna Grojec Over half the world’s people – including more than one billion children – make their homes in the world’s cities, where the interconnectedness of economic, social, and environmental inequality is manifest. In Mumbai, Maansi, 11, brims with excitement as she talks about school. She loves science and adores her teachers because, she explains,…

A Not So Suburban Suburbia: Possibilities for Our Urban Future

There are nearly seven billion people on the planet, and more than half of them live in urban areas. Close your eyes and try to picture that. Do you see the towering density of Tokyo or Mumbai? Well, you’re partly right. Megacities with populations topping 10 million are part of the picture, but our urbanization…

Chicago Leads on Climate Action

By Wendy Gordon “While climate change is a worldwide issue, 75 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions are generated in the world’s urban areas. Reducing energy use and emissions in cities is therefore fundamental in any effort to reverse the trajectory of global warming.” So reads page six of the Chicago Climate Action Plan, released…