Elizabeth Monsen

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World Food Day: A Time to Embrace the Farming We Want

As we recognize World Food Day this week, it is a good time to consider two crucial challenges to humankind: safeguarding global food security in the face of climate change and population growth, and conserving biodiversity –the variety of life forms, and their ecosystems, that sustain life on our …

What “Sleepy Hollow” Didn’t Tell Us About Roanoke’s Lost Colony

Changing Planet<p>Fox’s new fantasy series “Sleepy Hollow” touched on one of the biggest mysteries of American history on Monday: What happened to the lost colony of Roanoke?<p>The fate of the lost colony has stumped historians for centuries. In 1585, Queen Elizabeth I chartered Sir. Walter Raleigh to …

Glacier National Park Prepares for Ice-Free Future

<b>Text and photos by Allie Goldstein and Kirsten Howard</b><p>Our hike up to Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park winds through alpine meadows, along the edge of ice-cut cliffs, up a waterfall staircase, and around a stubborn ram. The views are breathtaking in the most literal sense of that word.<p>The …

Message from the mud: East Antarctic meltdown could cause massive sea rise

Southern Ocean icebergs are shown here close to the East Antarctic continent. New research says the ice sheet there is vulnerable to melting as the climate continues to warm.<p>The last time concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide were as high as they are today, big chunks of the seemingly …

Global Warming

Climate study predicts a watery future for New York, Boston and Miami

Study shows that 1,700 places in the United States are at greater risk of rising sea levels than previously thought<p>More than 1,700 American cities and towns – including Boston, New York, and Miami – are at greater risk from rising sea levels than previously feared, a new study has found.<p>By 2100, …

Scientists are scouring the globe for mystery bacteria to help reduce our dependence on fertilizer

Researchers from Michigan State University and Imperial College London have just received $1.87 million in funding to conduct a treasure hunt. It will take them from Germany to Hawaii in the US and elsewhere, in search of the smallest needle—a particular type of bacteria—in a haystack the size of …

Imperial College London

Latest Radioactive Leak at Fukushima: How Is It Different?

The latest leakage at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant comes from a different, more contaminated water source and raises new questions about TEPCO's ability to manage the crisis.<p><b>In the latest crisis to strike the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, operator Tokyo Electric</b> …

Leaked Report Spotlights Big Climate Change Assessment

Why the UN's coming fifth report on global warming is already making waves.<p><b>A leaked early version of a major forthcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations-affiliated panel of scientists that is often cited as the world's top authority on global</b> …

Scientists: Meteorite Beads Oldest Example of Metalwork

New study confirms that ancient Egyptians used meteoric iron to make beads.<p><b>After a century of uncertainty, researchers have confirmed that the iron used to weld 5,000-year-old Egyptian beads fell from the sky—in the form of a meteorite, that is.</b><p>The nine small beads were excavated in 1911 from a …

Franz Josef Land Expedition: The Underwater Colors of the Arctic

Wildlife<p><i>National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this</i> …

Remembering Two Field Biology Pioneers

Changing Planet<p>Ted Parker (left) and Al Gentry in a helicopter in Ecuador. © Photograph by Kim Awbrey.<p><i>By Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier</i><p><b>Twenty years ago this month, the conservation community and the world suffered a tragic loss when a small plane flying out of the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuador</b> …