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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: Guantanamo

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com Guantanamo’s Troubles The U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was selected by President George W. Bush’s administration to house some of the worst of Osamma bin Laden’s al-Queda terrorists and their Taliban supporters from Afghanistan. It is one of the few…

Developing Djibouti: An American Imperative

Updated December 1, 2012 The geographic extremities of any continent tend to have strategic value and it is thus no surprise that the so-called “Horn of Africa” was contested and divided between the colonial powers. Italy, the United Kingdom and France vied for control here. While the highlands of Abyssinia  remained a formidable challenge for…

September 9, 2012: Tracing Human Ancestry, Circumnavigating the Globe Solo, and More

This week on “National Geographic Weekend,” join host Boyd Matson as we kayak down 80 foot waterfalls in New Zealand, ride across the Red Sea to the Arabian Peninsula, race across the world’s deserts, follow our pets around the neighborhood, build floating cities, circumnavigate the world under human power, spy on the Soviet Union, decode the Nazi Enigma machine, and survive an attack from Norway’s arctic terns.

Driving True Economic Growth: Report From Aspen

  “Our fuel bill was $20 billion last year,” Sharon Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, told a big crowd at the Aspen Environment Forum in late June. Burke explained that the U.S. Department of Defense also spends about $4 billion a year in electricity costs for its 300,000+ buildings…

Redefining the Environmental Movement: Part III

Can college students focused on environmental and social justice have a constructive meeting with the Department of Defense? You might be surprised.

Solar Industry “Darwinism” Weeding Out Weaker Companies

Solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, which recently filed for bankruptcy, got special treatment from the Obama administration, some have alleged, since the company’s $535 million in federally guaranteed loans had much lower interest rates than those of other green energy companies, according to an investigative report. The FBI raided Solyndra’s office, although it would not comment on the…

As Markets Dive, Clean Energy Stocks Hit by “Triple Whammy”

The stock market took a beating this week, after the rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded U.S. bonds—but clean tech stocks have been falling even faster than the market as a whole. Shares in clean energy companies have been hit by a “triple whammy”—producing too much capacity for the demand, problems with government debt, and…

Ethanol Tax Breaks Survive, but Vote May Have “Broken the Dam”

While a bill to slash $6 billion in annual tax breaks for ethanol fuel failed to pass the U.S. Senate, it was still hailed by some lawmakers and analysts as a major break from the past. It raises a philosophical quandary, says the Christian Science Monitor: “If Congress takes away a tax subsidy, should that count as…