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How Technology is Reaching Pakistan’s Children with the Polio Vaccine

In our February story – Cell Coverage: Reaching Pakistan’s Children with the Polio Vaccine – Aziz Memon wrote about the Rotary Club‘s work to replace traditional paper reporting of polio, maternal and newborn health data in Pakistan with more accurate and timely mobile phone-based reporting. This …

Polio

Urgent Global Action Needed to Stop Extinction of Earth’s Last Megafauna

A swift and global conservation response is needed to prevent the world’s gorillas, lions, tigers, rhinos, and other iconic terrestrial megafauna from being lost forever, an influential group of international scientists reported today in the journal BioScience.<p>Their analysis, entitled <i>Saving the</i> …

Global Perspectives

Why Research Matters to Mountain Lions in Wyoming

Mountain lions live like shadows around us, and most people have never seen one. Most never will. Yet on July 8, the Wyoming Game Commission granted these wraiths of forests and mountains a reprieve in several parts of the state, including Unit 2 in the northwest where Panthera’s Teton Cougar …

Mountains

The Emerging Role of Asia in Wildlife Conservation Practice

The practice of solving conservation problems for wildlife has presented more and varied challenges for researchers and practitioners in Asia, especially over the last quarter century. While human populations have grown, lands available for wildlife have steadily decreased and habitats have been …

Conservation

Million Dollar Sharks

I recently got back from diving in the island nation of Palau and its shark enhanced waters. That’s right, not shark infested- shark enhanced. Sharks are to Palau what Orcas are to SeaWorld only their shark tank is the Pacific Ocean that they’re free to roam in. An economic analysis carried out by …

Pacific Ocean

Elephants Are Social, Like Humans, and Should Be Treated That Way, Expert Urges

When a comprehensive study released earlier this month showed that social bonding and enrichment activities were more important than enclosure size to elephants in in North American zoos, we wondered what Professor Caitlin O’Connell would have to say about the research. One of the foremost …

Elephants

Cryptic Cannibals: Sea Slugs in the Bahamas

<i>The following is a blog post by Carolyn Belak, sea slug enthusiast and scientific aid at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Andy Kough, postdoctoral research associate at Shedd Aquarium.</i><p>When one thinks of the Bahamas, they probably picture miles of white sandy beaches, dolphins …

Bahamas

Justice for Elephants in Kenya: Ivory Smuggler Jailed for 20 Years in Kenya

Feisal Mohamed Ali, described by the Kenya Wildlife Service as an ivory smuggling kingpin, has been jailed for 20 years and fined U.S. $200,000 (Ksh20 million) for illegal dealing in, and being in possession of, ivory. Four co-accused and Fuji Motor company were acquitted in the case adjudicated in …

Elephants

Palmetto Pipeline: An Eminent Problem

I hop off the boat into a horde of red-white-and-blue clad 4th of July revelers. Looking back at the mighty Savannah River, I see a half dozen children playing in the water, with two sets of alligator eyeballs cresting the water thirty feet or so beyond.<p>“What’s going on here?” I ask Tonya, my guide …

Kinder Morgan

Two Arizona Vineyards Give Back to a River through a Voluntary Water Exchange

In an effort to stem the depletion of groundwater and keep Arizona’s prized Verde River flowing, two vineyards are buying water credits through a new exchange designed to balance the basin’s water use for the good of the river and the local economy.<p>Launched last week by the not-for-profit Friends …

Arizona

Looking for Your Favorite Phenomena Writers?

We’re moving! The Phenomena blogs will have a clean new look and better visibility as part of the daily mix on the National Geographic News website.<p>You’ll find all your favorite bloggers on their own pages and soon on a new home page for all of our science blog contributors:<p>Robert Krulwich at …

Cool

Let’s Put Teeth Into Protecting Great Whites Before We Lose Them Forever

A highly publicized study undertaken by environmental researchers, shark scientists and an ecotourism operation in South Africa has brought the plight of the oceans most famous shark the “Great White” to the fore.<p>Previously it was thought that over a thousand great white sharks were to be found …

Great white shark

An update from Woods Hole Science Aquarium: I’m halfway through my internship, and it’s been awesome!

By Jessica Perelman<p>It has been five weeks since I began working as a NOAA intern at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium (WHSA), and what an amazing experience it has been! As I expected, this summer is presenting me with every opportunity to learn about animal husbandry, interact with aquarium …

Aquariums

Survey, Party Platforms Reveal Deep Divide on Climate Change

In March, the <i>Guardian</i> issued an election-related call-out to online readers in the United States, asking them to identify the “one issue that affects your life you wish the presidential candidates were discussing more.” The results are in. Of the 1,385 respondents from all 50 states, one in five …

World

Children play barefoot in a cactus garden on the Canary Islands, 1955. Photograph by Franc and Jean Shore, National Geographic Creative

Children play barefoot in a cactus garden on the Canary Islands, 1955. Photograph by Franc and Jean Shore, National Geographic Creative

Ecosystems Cannot Be Managed Without Consensus on Human Impact, Scientists Warn

Distinguished environmental researchers, including National Geographic scientist <b>Stuart Pimm</b>, warn that ambiguity and lack of consensus among policy makers about the meaning of fundamental terms used to describe and measure human impacts on the planet could have disastrous consequences for …

Ecosystems

Deep Sea Mining: An Invisible Land Grab

Thousands of meters beneath the azure ocean waters in places like the South Pacific, down through a water column saturated with life and to the ocean floor carpeted in undiscovered ecosystems, machines the size of small buildings are poised to begin a campaign of wholesale destruction. I wish this …

Mining

Water, Wildlife and Hope: Rejuvenating a Kogi Sacred Site

After years of planning, designing, acquiring materials, developing infrastructure, laying and burying 1,200 meters of pipe, and testing water quality and functionality, the seemingly impossible was achieved: for Colombia’s Kogi people, and their related tribes who rely on Jaba Tañiwashkaka, a …

Animal Behavior

Canada oks use of Corexit for oil spills—despite what we’ve learned in the Gulf

Co-authored by Erica Cirino<p>After Shell Oil’s Brutus oil well platform 90 miles south of the Louisiana coast spewed more than 88,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico this May, Shell contracted Clean Gulf Associates and Marine Spill Response Corporation to clean up its mess. The two …

Canada

Shipwreck Hunter Unearths Lost History and Treasures: #bestjobever

It’s not often that you see “shipwreck hunter” listed on someone’s business card or résumé, but that is indeed National Geographic grantee David Mearns’s career choice. For him, setting world records and recovering centuries-old treasures is just another day at the office—or ocean, rather.<p>“I look …

Shipwrecks

How Hundreds of Elephants Are Being Relocated Across Malawi

Some 2,000 animals of various species, including 500 elephants, are being moved from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve in southern Malawi to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in the northern part of the small southern-central African country, African Parks, a nonprofit conservation …

Elephants

Engaging Learners From Afar with Shedd Aquarium’s Iguana Field Research

<i>The following is a blog post by Jackie Formoso, Manager of Learning Programs at</i> <i>Shedd Aquarium</i><i>, about her experience co-leading Shedd’s research on Bahamian rock iguanas in the Exuma Islands.</i><p>As part of Shedd Aquarium’s ongoing commitment to preserving wildlife for future generations, we have a team …

Research

Ridiculously Cute Mouse Lemurs Hold key to Madagascar’s Past

<i>Genetic analysis of world’s smallest primates tells us how the island’s environment changed over time</i><p><b>By Kate Golembiewski, The Field Museum</b><p>Today, Madagascar is home to a mosaic of different habitats–a lush rainforest in the east and a dry deciduous forest in the west, separated by largely open …

Madagascar

Pride in Our Prides – Saving Lions with Livestock Kraals

<i>Post submitted by Florian J Weise</i><p>Lions and people live a tenuous coexistence. Where their activities overlap problems are inevitable. The consequence often is fatal; sometimes for the people involved, more frequently so for the lions. In retaliation of attacks on humans or livestock, people resort …

Livestock

The Birth of a Cownose Stingray

Located deep in the heart of the Arizona Sonoran desert is an oasis, home to 29 cownose stingrays at the Phoenix Zoo’s Stingray Bay. Early in the fall of 2015, 15 of the 18 females gave birth. All of the births occurred at night with the exception of one light gray ray that gave birth midday on …

Michigan State University

Colombia’s Former Guerrillas Need New Jobs. Why Not in Conservation?

Painted flowers of pink and blue grace the nails of two slender hands posed on the trigger and barrel of an assault weapon. Behind the weapon, a hot pink t-shirt serves as backdrop. There is nothing else in the frame. From the moment that I saw this photo last month in <i>The California Sunday …

Conservation

Duplin County: Life Under the Waste Sprayer

Duplin County, North Carolina is the epicenter for industrial swine production in the United States. Housing an estimated 2.2 million hogs, this dot on the map shoulders more than its fair share of the world’s swine production load. I showed up last summer to film the stories of those trying to …

Everyday Problems: Are You Paying Attention?

<i>You shouldn’t need anyone to tell you that there were refugees long before the Syrian crisis brought their horror further into the public consciousness. There was famine before recent announcements of severe food shortages in Yemen, Malawi and Nigeria, too. And, today, with over fifty countries run</i> …

Desmond Tutu

It Takes a Village for Effective Conservation Projects: Insights from the Urban Caracal Project

<i>By Laurel Serieys, Joleen Broadfield, and Max Allen</i><p>In running the Urban Caracal Project there have been a number of learning opportunities. One of our most important insights is that by prioritizing public outreach we have built a strong community support group without which the project would be …

University of Cape Town

Island Biology 2016, Azores

This week the second Island Biology conference is taking place in the Azores Islands of Portugal. Its hard to believe its already been two years since the first one in Hawaii. Following from the first Island Biology conference held in 2014, this week island biologists around the world have taken to …

Life Sciences