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ASC Featured in Teton Gravity Research Film

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation was featured in “Higher”, a Teton Gravity Research short film.

Women-Powered Science & Exploration

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field. He also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on wildlife-human interaction, fragmented habitats, and threatened species.  —- Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) is dedicated to connecting passionate adventure athletes and…

July 21, 2013: Swimming From Cuba to Florida, Developing Deep Sea Diving Suits, and More

This week, join us as we attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida and meet a surprisingly potent form of jellyfish, then we listen to glaciers as they melt and learn what they’re telling us, and we hear protest songs from an indigenous Australian country singer.

Geography in the News: The Timeless Titanic Story

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM A New Titanic is Coming April 15th 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the luxury passenger ship Titanic. A memorial Titanic cruise left Southampton, England, on April 8, 2012 to visit the site of the sinking. The cruise was sold out,…

June 2, 2013: Skiing Down Everest, Chasing Ice (and Oscars), and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio show, host Boyd Matson chats with photographer Jimmy Chin about skiing down Everest while looking for the perfect picture, glacier explorer and photographer James Balog about documenting the rapid change in the planet’s frozen fields, “Jetman” Yves Rossy about strapping four jet engines to his back and jumping out of an airplane, and gear guru Steve Casimiro about what to bring camping for this summer.

Chasing Ice: Photographer James Balog on a Glacial Adventure

Inspired by an Arctic assignment for National Geographic, photographer James Balog chronicled disappearing glaciers through a three-year, three-million-dollar project called the Extreme Ice Survey that resulted in the new film Chasing Ice. He spoke to Pop Omnivore about the surprising drama and otherworldly beauty of glaciers—and about confronting the reality of climate change.

Chasing Ice: Documenting Climate Change in Pictures of Retreating Glaciers

Five years ago photographer James Balog collaborated on a National Geographic magazine story called The Big Thaw, documenting the retreat of the world’s glaciers in what has been the most popular National Geographic article on the environment since then. This led to further visual documentation and most recently a film called Chasing Ice. At the…

Climate Change Questions From Glacier National Park

“Climate Connections” is a video series produced by the U.S. Geological Survey, in which scientists answer questions about climate change from across the nation. The latest episode focuses on Glacier National Park in Montana, and the repercussions of global warming on the park’s eponymous glaciers.

The Key to Addressing Climate Change – Indigenous Knowledge

We have the knowledge that can contribute to finding solutions to the crisis of climate change. But if you’re not prepared to listen, how can we communicate this to you? — Marcos Terena, Xané leader, Brazil. The precipitous rise in the world’s human population and humankind’s ever-increasing dependence on fossil fuel-based ways of living have…

U.S. May Be ‘Saudi Arabia of Natural Gas,’ But Shale Gas Rush Is Slowing

Following on last week’s State of the Union address that supported hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” in shale gas deposits, President Obama called the U.S. “the Saudi Arabia of natural gas” and unveiled a new proposal to provide tax breaks to boost the use of natural gas as a fuel for trucks. But the market has…

Glacier Close Up

Nearly all the world’s tropical glaciers cap mountains of the Andes. If you wonder why, look at where the highest peaks in the tropics are located and you’ll have your answer. About three quarters of these glaciers top Peruvian peaks providing the South American country with a natural resource of immense value and justifiable pride.…

Lima’s Brown Coast

Lima and its contiguous suburbs and shantytowns sprawl between a sand-brown desert of undulating hills on the east to the Pacific Ocean on the west. Today, accompanied by my translator, Dado, and driver, Juan Carlos, I sped down an avenue that hugs the shoreline.  A cliff of crumbly soil impregnated with small stones towered above…

How Will Lima Slake its Growing Thirst?

Lima is one of the cities of the world most immediately threatened by global warming. The capital of Peru was built on the edge of a desert, one of the driest in the world. And its primary source of water is a small river, the Rimac. The Rimac’s water trickles off glaciers high in the Andes which, unfortunately for Limeños, are rapidly melting. Peru has lost about 30 percent of its glacial ice in the last 40 years.

Father and Son Document Perilous Journey Across the Himalayas

Crossing the Mera La (5400 m) into the Hongu valley. Photo by Daniel Byers Cut off from the world while crossing treacherous mountain passes in deep snow was all in a day’s work for a father-and-son team determined to trek through the remote Hongu Valley in the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal. Alton Byers, mountain geographer…

Father and Son Climb to the Highest Valleys to Save Lives

Update: Dangerous Trek Begins, October 21, 2010 From Alton Byers:  We just arrived in Lukla and head out to the the Hongu valley tomorrow, and will be out of touch for three weeks.  Once we enter the valley over the 4200 m Mera La pass, we’ll trek up valley, climb to and film the dangerous…