Kirsten Goldstein

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How a 7-year-old Aleppo girl on Twitter became our era’s Anne Frank

The harrowing farewell message came Sunday, just three short sentences.<p>“We are sure the army is capturing us now. We will see each other another day dear world. Bye.”<p>It was signed “Fatemah,” the mother of Bana al-Abed, a 7-year-old Syrian girl who amassed more than 200,000 Twitter followers as she …

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This Weird Globe-Folding Map Isn't Perfect, But It's Close

Creating a proportional map of the world is tricky because the world is a sphere and a map is flat. That creates visual distortions, which explains …

Maps

International Community Creates Massive Marine Reserve

The creatures of the Southern Ocean just got a lot more space to roam freely. On Thursday, 24 countries and the European Union agreed to set aside a …

Southern Ocean

The history of Mosul, in five maps

In 1165, Benjamin of Tudela, a medieval Spanish Jewish traveler, approached the city of Mosul on the banks of the Tigris. A visitor, even a thousand years ago, could marvel at its antiquity. "This city, situated on the confines of Persia, is of great extent and very ancient," he wrote in the …

Middle East

Fascinating Animal Portraits from the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

We are delighted to share updates of incredibly stunning entries from the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. Submitted under the Animal Portraits category, they feature fascinating glimpses into animal kingdoms around the world, from the colorful Mediterranean Jelly …

Nature

Afghan Women Fight Corruption for the Right to Ride

They’ve been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and featured in films and books. They were 2016 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year. They broke barriers with their sport. But for the Afghan women’s national cycling team the biggest barriers are ironically the same institutions that are in …

A New Typology of Global Cities

The seven types of global cities driving the world economy.<p>Globalization and urbanization go hand in hand. The world, I’ve long argued, is spiky. The 40 largest mega-regions produce two-thirds of global economic output and 90 percent of global innovation, while housing just 18 percent of the …

15 before-and-after images that show how we're transforming the planet

Human beings have replaced nature as the dominant force shaping Earth. We've cleared away forests, dammed up mighty rivers, paved vast roads, and transported thousands of species around the world. "To a large extent," two scientists wrote in 2015, "the future of the only place where life is known …

United Arab Emirates

This is what climate change is doing to Iran - Vox

One of Iran's best known lakes is disappearing. These photos show what's left behind as the waters recede.<p>Lake Urmia, in the mountains of northwestern Iran, was once a source of national pride and one of the country’s top tourism destinations. It’s emerging now as something else entirely: Iran’s …

Hassan Rouhani

We Just Passed a Major Climate Milestone and There’s No Going Back

In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when …

Climate Change

National Parks to Have Fast Internet by 2018? Oh, Goody

Backpacking was made popular by the dropout generation in the 1960s. We were going to eschew the trappings of civilization and live intimately with …

Map Shows Every River That Flows to the Mighty Mississippi

A new look at the Mississippi’s enormous watershed reveals the true size and strength of the world’s fourth longest river.<p>The Mississippi River is impressive on its own, but when you consider all the other rivers that feed it on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, it seems all the mightier. The …

Australia Is Drifting So Fast GPS Can't Keep Up

A significant correction must be made by the end of the year for navigation technology to keep working smoothly.<p>Australia is not quite where you think it is. The continent has shifted by 4.9 feet since the last adjustment was made to GPS coordinates in 1994, reports the <i>New York Times</i>.<p>All of the …

Middle East

Rethinking the Refugee Camp

As displacement rises from crises around the globe, the need to provide meaningful and sustainable communities for migrants grows.<p>In his 2016 book, <i>City of Thorns</i>, Ben Rawlence writes about the time he spent in Dadaab, a sprawling refugee camp in Kenya, and grapples with the misnomer the term …

Where the 'Fragile Cities' Are

A new data visualization reveals the urban areas around the world that are struggling to keep it together.<p>What makes a city fragile?<p>There are eleven factors that “undermine metropolitan capacity and legitimacy,” according to a global ranking devised by the creators of this new world map of 2,100 …

Islamic State and the crisis in Iraq and Syria in maps

<b>The US-led coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS) says 98% of territory once claimed by the jihadist group across Iraq and Syria has been recaptured.</b><p>Iraq's government announced in December 2017 that its war against IS was over, almost four years after the group first seized parts of the …

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Arabian Sea

Obama Creates Katahdin Woods National Monument in Maine

Maine has a new national monument. This morning, just one day after the family behind Burt’s Bee donated a huge parcel of land to the United States, …

Transforming Conservation in China with ‘Land Trust Reserves’

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>A view of the steep mountains and tree covered ridgelines of Laohegou Nature Reserve, Pingwu County, Sichuan Province, China. Photo credit: © The Nature Conservancy (Nick Hall)<p><i>By Charles Bedford, The Nature Conservancy’s Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific Region, and Dr.</i> …

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