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January 19, 2014: Waging War Against Whalers, Paragliding Above Pakistan and More

Join host Boyd Matson as he and his guests sleep high on sheer mountain cliffs, wage war against whalers, consume bacteria in pursuit of better health, crash during paragliding takeoff in Pakistan, eat invasive species, and photograph 30 years of warfare in Afghanistan.

EPA Proposes Lower Biofuel Mandate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday announced cuts to a federal mandate dictating how much ethanol must be blended into gasoline. The mandate—under the Renewable Fuel Standard—would have been scheduled to reach 18.15 billion gallons in 2014, up from 16.55 billion gallons this year. The EPA instead proposes to set the 2014 requirement at 15.21 billion gallons, equal…

EIA: Carbon Emissions Decline

In 2012, energy-related carbon emissions in the United States declined 3.8 percent even as global carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent, according the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The recorded 5.29 million metric tons of carbon dioxide amounted to the largest decline since 1994, continuing a downward trend that started in 2007. EIA attributed last year’s decrease to several factors, including a mild…

Cove Guardian Elora Malama West Takes on Taiji for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

National Geographic Society contributor Dr. Jordan Schaul has embarked on a new endeavor to find young nature conservation crusaders and tell their story through exclusive interviews for NAT GEO NEWS WATCH. I believe in citizen science and informed citizen advocacy. I’m particularly impressed by young people who advocate on behalf the voiceless creatures of nature.…

Rare Giant Salamanders Bred in Captivity

The five-foot long amphibian, native to Japan, has been bred in captivity for only the second time in history, experts say.

Healing Okinoshima Island – Restoring a sacred Japanese landscape overrun by rats is no mean feat.

By Andrew S. Wright, iLCP Aperture Circle Photographer Naked, chilled and immersed in the sea of Genkai, I have little more than my stiff-upper-lip British heritage to conceal my modesty. Seven not-so-young male biologists from four different countries and several conservation organizations are with me on the island of Okinoshima, participating in a Shinto ocean…

Glowing in the Dark

“Radioactive Plume in the ocean” is the kind of headline that ensures people will pay attention to the news story that follows. 

Asia: 10 lessons learned with the heart of a photographer

My mind races. It is five AM and I have not fallen asleep. I am awake after traveling from Bangkok to Tokyo, and from Tokyo to New York. It has been weeks that I have been touring Asia, with many lessons learned. Happy to report there have been no mishaps in any of the expeditions so far.…

What’s This Mysterious Circle on the Seafloor?

No, it’s not aliens of the deep—it’s actually male puffer fish building elaborate nests, a new study says.

Dreams of the World: Animation Artist from Taipei (Taiwan)

This post is the latest in Kike Calvo’s series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people we meet during our travels. “My dream is to open my own studio in Beijing. A gallery space where visitors can get to see my Ball-Jointed Dolls (BJD dolls) while I work in the back, ” says Meng Chia…

Takeshita Dori

Walking down Takeshita Dori street everything is possible. Stores containing miscellaneous characters and idol memorabilia which are very popular among teens, line up along the street. Some girls dress like “princesses” or Himegyaru, but Harajuku street may surprise you. With a vast array of styles and looks from Lolita, Punk, Gothic to even Hip Hop…

July 7, 2013: Falling 1,000 Feet off The Andes, Saving The Great Barrier Reef, and More

Join National Geographic Weekend radio this week, as we survive a 1,000 foot fall from the Bolivian Andes, then we explore Mars with NASA’S Curiosity Rover, and finally, we team up with Afghanistan’s national cycling team to provide opportunity (and bikes) for women.

Top 10 Headlines Today: Hurricane on Saturn, Lost Egyptian City Revealed…

On our radar today: The Cassini spacecraft has snapped a photo of an enormous hurricane raging on Saturn, a lost Egyptian city has been revealed in new photos and video, and…

April 21, 2013: Running Vertically, Swimming 1,000 Miles, and More

Join us on National Geographic Weekend, as we run 140 mile races up and down mountains, conserve Nicaraguan sea turtles by hiring the poachers, swim 1,000 miles down the Missouri River, earn dinner by chasing antelope until it drops dead, and understand the Sherpas who make Everest exploration possible.

Reaching the Last Speakers of Japan’s Ancient Languages

Japan is home to a dozen ancient languages at risk of disappearing forever. A new translation of K. David Harrison’s “The Last Speakers” could help tip the scales in their favor.