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Sarufutsu River “Jumping” with Itou Salmon, Researchers Report

In the field of conservation, we are often faced with the question “Is a certain species or population secure?”  As I mentioned in my earlier blog this year, it is not an easy question to answer, particularly for river fishes that are elusive by nature.  However, I am happy to report we are making substantial…

Icelanders Grieve for the Peculiar Lake Balls

  Dr. Isamu Wakana prepares for a dive in Lake Mývatn in Iceland. Isamu is an expert on algae and has come a long way from Japan on his search for an extremely rare plant. As he descends to the bottom he is met by brown silt in every direction. This area was once covered by…

Senate Clears Way for Keystone XL Pipeline

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 12 to 10 on a bill Wednesday approving the long-debated Keystone XL oil pipeline. The pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, requires presidential approval as it crosses international boundaries. Without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote…

April 27, 2014: Tragedy on Everest, Rowing Across the Pacific, Wrestling Mongolians and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week his guests reflect on the dangers of climbing Mount Everest after the recent tragedy, row a boat across the oceans and bike across continents to circumnavigate the globe, discover what it is like to be a kid in Mongolia, learn what happened This Weekend In History, detect land mines in Cambodia, travel in style with your dog companion, discover new ways which drug trafficking is cutting down the rainforest, gave through space and time with the world’s most powerful satellite array, and understand why Sherpas climb deadly peaks on Wild Chronicles.

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…