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January 12, 2014: Climbing Buildings, Hunting Poachers and More

Join host National Geographic Weekend host Boyd Matson and his guests as they climb the world’s tallest buildings, ski with the sport’s inventors, give new life to Christmas trees, seek sea life at the bottom of the ocean, discover the unicorn, protect rhinos by hunting for poachers, kayak blind through the Grand Canyon, prioritize protection plans for endangered species, and track the world’s underground water reserves.

Geography in the News: Al Qaeda and Tuareg in Mali

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Appalachian State University In March 2012, members of Mali’s military staged a successful coup d’état in the capital, Bamako. As the situation for the ruling government disintegrated, Tuareg rebels immediately rushed to take advantage of the country’s instability and secure towns in Mali’s northern region. The Tuareg and…

4 Costly Myths About World Heritage

As the 40th anniversary year of the World Heritage Convention draws to a close, many Americans remain oddly estranged from the program that could be proudly labelled “Made in the U.S.A.” That costs jobs.

Indigenous Peoples Needed to Meet the Challenge of Climate Change

  “Planning is not part of our culture. You just get up in the morning and do what you need to do for the day,” said Marilyn Wallace of the Kuku Nyungka ‘mob’ (aboriginal nation) in northern Queensland, Australia. “Bama,” people caring for their local territory, is an important part of aboriginal culture and identity,…

World Water Forum Breaks Down Dam Impacts

  After a sharp drop in the 1990s, due to concerns over environmental and social impact, dam construction is once again on the rise — especially in developing nations, where the demand for water and electricity is growing. A new study released at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille on March 14th discusses the…

The World’s Most Traded Wild Birds? Senegal Parrots, color morphs, and the wild-caught bird trade…

Over the last 30 years as many as 3 million wild Senegal parrots have been removed from the wild – 811,408 CITES Export permits have been issued since 1975. Unregulated trade in African parrots peaked in the 1980s and ’90s, and still exists today. This lucrative black market industry is fueled by profiteering middlemen who exploit…

Help Needed to Buy Water for Dying Elephants

Photo courtesy Save the Elephants This post is part of a special National Geographic news series on global water issues. The future of a rare herd of desert elephants in Mali is under threat from one of the worst droughts in living memory, according to Save the Elephants, a conservation organization based in Kenya. Water…

Africa’s Water News: Green Beer, At-Risk Aquatic Life, Clean Hands

News from Africa for the 5th World Water Forum: Tanzania Brewer Drafted into Water Efficiency Effort To brew just one 250 ml glass of beer it takes 75 liters of water, according to the Water Footprint Network. Water is primarily used for growing barley, but the brewing process itself also uses the resource. Despite re-occurring drought…