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Grow a tree – The Process Tree

What you really need to know before switching to solar power

Thomas Falkiner talked going off-grid with two local pioneers - one who opted to go the expensive route and the other for a more affordable option

Off-grid

Take a Tour of Kengo Kuma’s Expansion of the Portland Japanese Garden

It’s not surprising that Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's first public commission in the U.S. is unmistakably Japanese.<p>Nestled in an urban forest surrounded by a residential neighborhood in the hills of Portland, Oregon, the Portland Japanese Garden is a beloved cultural attraction that was starting …

Houses

Australia Cutting Basic Climate Science Research Is 'Head in the Sand' 101

Really Australia? That is all that I could say when I became aware of dramatic cuts to the climate science and weather enterprise. Announced cuts have created a well-deserved uproar around the world. On the heels of one of the most significant climate actions in history (Paris), these actions …

Climate Change

Rare shot of a pika chosen as Wildlife Photo of the Year

Amid an alpine landscape of rocks and boulders, it sounded as though somebody was hiding in a crevice and squeezing a squeak toy.<p>A wildlife photographer from Berkeley, Jen Joynt, tuned in to the squeak. She knew what it was. The scene that evolved ended when she took the photograph that won …

Nature

CES 2016: Clouds over Nevada’s solar revolution

<b>Las Vegas must be a prime contender for the title of world capital of waste.</b><p>Millions come to waste their money in the casinos, and the city in the desert sucks up water and energy on an epic scale. But in recent years Las Vegas has also become a pioneer in solar energy, with casinos and thousands …

Wild Bees Disappearing? Another Month, Another Bungled Bee Study

As the <i>Washington Post</i> headlined in a July story, "Call off the bee-apocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high." Now that the world entomological community is in general agreement that the United States and global honeybee population is not, and has never been, threatened with extinction …

Bees

37 incredible drone photos from across the globe that would be totally illegal today

Amos Chapple<p>Drones are everywhere from the battlefields to the backyards of America.<p>One of the most interesting implementations of drone technology …

Climate Change This Week: Humanity Is Drying Out, China Goes Cleaner, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.<p><i>Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon</i><p><b>When Forests Go, So Do These:</b> An African forest butterfly is just one of numerous beautiful creatures living in threatened forests in Africa. <i>Credit Adrian Hoskins</i><p><i>When we harm forests, we harm</i> …

Climate

Can a Plant Remember? This One Seems to—Here’s the Evidence

There’s this plant I’ve heard about that had a really bad afternoon a few years ago. It was in its pot bothering nobody and then, suddenly, it fell. Not once, but 56 times. (I’ll explain in a minute.) But it’s a plant. Things happen to plants, and as far as I know, they go on as before. They don’t …

Australian Universities

Letting Go of Self-Image and Focusing on Self-Concept for Lasting Happiness

Self-concept versus self-image: They may sound like the same thing, but they are worlds apart. Self-concept is an internal perception of ourselves, how we feel about our capabilities, mindset and emotions. Self-image is an external perception of ourselves, how we feel about our body, status and …

Happiness

Become One with Nature in This Synthetic Installation

Sound, smell, and sight unite in artist Pascual Sisto’s replication of natural phenomena.<p>Oscar Wilde's ever-quipped quote, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” is harshly disproved in multimedia artist Pascual Sisto's latest solo exhibition, <i>En Plein Air</i>. This ambitious installation, …

Sculpture

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Mountain hare, Siberian ibexes and tiger butterflies are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Nature

Map of World's Groundwater Shows Planet's 'Hidden' Reservoirs

A new map of Earth's groundwater supply shows where on the planet water is locked up and "hidden" underground.<p>The map — the first of its kind — …

Birds

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Photography

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Story ?<p>Best of the World<p>Published <b>Oct 10, 2015</b> | View the Assignment | Features Photos From <b>15 Contributors</b><p><b>15 photos</b> selected by<p><i>Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler Magazine</i><p><i>Acting Design Director, Traveler Magazine</i><p><i>Acting Director of Photography, Traveler Magazine</i><p>View Slideshow<p><b>Editors'</b> …

Amazing

First genetically modified salmon cleared to enter human food chain

The Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) in the US has approved production of the first gentically modified animal which will enter the food chain before 2018<p>The first genetically modified animal will enter the human food chain within two years after GM salmon was cleared for production in the US, …

Agriculture

Photographing Wild Bears in the Forests of Finland

My name is Will McGugan, and I’m a photography enthusiast living in London. This year I spent my birthday in a forest in Finland with no company …

The Verge Review of Animals: the capybara

Super-sized rodents from Brazil<p><i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>New Yorkers are a soft bunch. Yeah, I said it: …

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Pictures: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Straddling the North Carolina-Tennessee border, Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracts more than ten million visitors a year—more than any other U.S. national park.

National Parks

Photograph by @thomaspeschak from April 2014 @natgeo story on the remote atolls of Africa's Mozambique Channel. The nips and bumps of turtle courtship precede a mating that may last several hours, the male clinging to the shell of the female with his flippers and tail. Photograph taken during a @saveourseasfoundation expedition. #turtles #conservation #photooftheday #love Follow @thomaspeschak for a new photo of our wondrous ocean realm everyday.

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Pictures: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

See photos of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeastern Ohio in this gallery from National Geographic.

National Parks