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Counting the Tigers That You Cannot See

Pollsters say tigers are the most popular animal species on this planet. Unfortunately, they are also among the most threatened. Wildlife biologists like me struggle to monitor the fate of surviving tiger populations.

“Test Tube Baby” Scientist Leaves Thought-Provoking Legacy

I was born on July 25, 1978 at 2 p.m., in Midland Hospital in Midland, Michigan. Across the Atlantic, in Oldham Hospital in Oldham, England, Louise Brown was born on that same day, at 11:47 p.m. My parents had conceived me in the old-fashioned way, but the Browns had had trouble in that department, having…

The One Billionth Tourist

Today, for the one billionth time this year, yet another tourist crossed an international border. That’s a historic milestone. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, 2012 will mark the first year in history to register more than a billion international arrivals. UNWTO picked Dec. 13 as the most likely day for the moment…

Why World Population Day Matters

In case you hadn’t heard, today is World Population Day and there are now about 7,058,000,000 of us. But what does that number mean?

Climate Change Activists Need To Talk About Population Too

“The environment does not exist as a sphere separate from human actions, ambitions, and needs, and attempts to defend it in isolation from human concerns have given the very word ‘environment’ a connotation of naivety in some political circles.” These words come from the foreword of “Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on…

Why Nat Geo Exploration Is “Important to us all”

On the occasion of National Geographic making its 10,000th grant for exploration, we interview Peter Raven, chairman of the Committee for Research and Exploration, the Society’s oldest grant-making body. Raven discusses why funding scientific research and exploration has never been more important, especially as the human population has passed the 7,000,000,000 mark, and the planet is pressed hard to meet everyone’s needs.

As Population Tops 7 Billion, Time to Revisit Climate Approaches

The world population reached seven billion people around October 31, according to United Nations estimates. The actual date is a bit fuzzy, but the milestone has nonetheless had great symbolic power, triggering a stream of articles on population issues. Nicholas Kristof, in the New York Times, argued family planning is the solution to many of the world’s ills,…

The Population Monster Knocking at our Door

The United Nations chose today as a “symbolic date” for the the population milestone of 7,000,000,000 people. Today is also Halloween, so the UN chose aptly: Population has been the monster knocking at our door for a long time. National Geographic Senior Environment Editor Robert Kunzig comments that the biggest population problem is not growth, it’s the way we live.

A Scary Arrival on Halloween: the 7 Billionth Human

According to calculations by the United Nations, the earth will gain its 7 billionth inhabitant on October 31st. The 7 billionth child will most likely be born in northern India, a country where half of children under 5 are malnourished and illiteracy is rising.

Aspen Environment Forum Looks at the Human Role in Global Calamities

Yesterday evening, the opening panel of the 2011 Aspen Environment Forum looked at our increasingly disaster-prone world and asked how we can cope with calamity on a more and more crowded planet. Stewart Brand of the Long Now Foundation, Bill McKibben of 350.org, Thomas Lovejoy of George Mason University, and Marcia McNutt of the U.S.…

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.

Will the Human Global Superorganism Secure Our Place in the Universe?

Humans and the planet that gave rise to them are at a number of important crossroads, says writer-thinker Tim Flannery. Will we go down the road that leads to destruction of our civilization and back to an existence of brutality? Or is our destiny the spread of life from Earth into the universe? How much of our fate is up to us?

Population, Exploration: Talk of the Nation at NGS

NPR’s Talk of the Nation returns to National Geographic’s Washington, D.C. headquarters from 2-4 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 6 for a second free NG Live event and radio broadcast. The first hour focuses on “The Next Two Billion: Can the Planet Take the Strain?” The past 50 years have seen the most rapid population…

David Richardson’s uncomfortable climate change solution

By Daniel Grossman in Copenhagen David Richardson, a lively, friendly man, devotes his life to a goal some people consider quixotic at best and possibly dangerous at worst: to reduce the number of humans on Earth by about two-thirds. Richardson’s views are long- and strongly-held. When only five he noticed that people with large families…