Environmental Humanities

By UC, Santa Barbara | The humanities have a major role to play in our shared challenge of forging an environmentally better future. Students and faculty from UC Santa Barbara search the web for artists making environmental interventions. 

Japanese Train Station Protectively Built Around a 700-Year-Old Tree

All too often we hear of natural elements being removed to make way for man-made structures. Fortunately, this story out of Japan details just the opposite. North of Osaka, an odd train station was actually built to accommodate a large camphor tree that emerges from its center.<p>The Kayashima Station …

Train Stations

Otherworldly Images of Andromeda Galaxy Over a Tiny Swiss Village

Photographer Sandro Casutt lives in a remote Swiss village with unbelievable views of the Andromeda Galaxy. The village of Vals, population 990, is a prime location for viewing the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Thus, Casutt, together with his brother Markus, started Cosmic Art Photography …

Astronomy

NASA Releases Space Travel Posters of New Sister Solar System

Let’s face it: with the topsy-turvy political climate, many of us probably dream of jetting off to a land far, far away. And, with the recent discovery of seven Earth-sized planets—some of which may be inhabitable—the feeling of intergalactic wanderlust is at an all-time high. Called TRAPPIST-1, …

Astronomy

3D Printed Planets Let You Hold the Solar System in the Palm of Your Hands

Ever wanted to have the world in the palm of your hand? Or capture stars in a bottle? Little Planet Factory, based in the UK, lets you do just that with their collection of 3D printed planets and moons.<p>Founder George Ioannidis started the company after searching for a Mars globe and not finding …

3D Printing

30 Blooming Flower Cakes for an Artfully Delicious Way to Welcome Spring

As of March 20, spring has officially sprung. The days are growing longer and the flowers will soon bloom, making it reason enough to celebrate this glorious time of year. Even if you’re now dealing with frigid temperatures, you can still enjoy the start of spring thanks to some artful sweet …

Flowers

Photographer Captures the Crumbling Architecture of Post-Soviet Abkhazia

Architectural photographer Aurélien Villette has spent the last nine years traveling to different countries in order to document how architecture manifests cultural change. After voyaging to the region of Abkhazia, he brings back two series of work that display this often forgotten conflict …

Photography

13 Stylish Treehouses for Grown-Ups to Spend a Night In

Who says treehouses are just for kids?<p>Today, the traditional treehouse has been adopted by and adapted for adults. With complex construction, stylish designs, and fully-equipped interiors, the charming childhood staple has matured into a modern, all-ages hideaway. In this collection of treehouses …

Architecture
Photography

Why California Deserts Are Experiencing a 'Super Bloom'

The desert's normally harsh landscapes produces flowers that bloom briefly—but with abundance.<p>If you were ever considering a spontaneous trip to the desert, now is your time. A normally barren-looking California desert landscape has transformed into a colorful field of flowers over the past few …

Flowers

Surfer Becomes First to Cross the Atlantic on a Paddleboard

Chris Bertish paddled an estimated two million strokes to travel solo from Morocco to Antigua in just 93 days.<p>Ninety-three days, 4,600 miles, and almost 2 million strokes. That's what it took Chris Bertish to paddle across the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddle (SUP) board.<p>"It was pretty radical, …

Travel

Water & Power: A California Heist

Check your local listings<p>The story of how a handful of water barons gained control of the state’s most precious resource.<p>Watch a preview<p>Q&A WITH MARINA ZENOVICH<p>NAT GEO NEWS<p>CALIFORNIA’S HEATED WATER WARS MAKE FOR A MODERN ‘CHINATOWN’<p>Emmy-winning director Marina Zenovich gives a behind-the-scenes …

Water

How a Pacific Island Changed From Diesel to 100% Solar Power

Ta'u, American Samoa<p>The island of Ta'u in American Samoa now boasts a solar microgrid from Tesla's SolarCity.<p>Join us in The People v. Climate Change and share an environmental portrait of someone taking positive steps to protect the Earth on YourShot or social media. Use #MyClimateAction to share a …

Renewable Energy

Antarctica’s Sea Ice Shrinks to New Record Low

The latest daily figures may confirm a disturbing trend in global melting.<p>Sea ice in Antarctica has hit a worrisome milestone, reaching its lowest recorded extent this week, according to data from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center. The daily ice area recorded on Tuesday represents an …

Global Warming

How Well Do You Understand Global Warming?

Global warming significantly contributes to climate change. Find out how much you know about this damaging effect.<p>Test your knowledge of global warming with these 12 questions.

Climate Change

This Man Hiked the Entire Route of the Keystone XL Pipeline

From Canada to Texas, Ken Ilgunas encountered environmental devastation, climate-change denial, and the kindness of strangers.<p>Within a week of his inauguration, President Trump signed an executive memorandum reviving the Keystone XL pipeline that President Obama had previously blocked. But Trump’s …

Climate Change

Where the World’s Only Grass-Eating Monkeys Thrive

A protected, high-altitude savanna in Ethiopia is helping ‘bleeding heart’ geladas survive—for now.<p>This article appears in the April 2017 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p><b>It’s daybreak at 11,000 feet, and somewhere below, the monkeys are stirring.</b><p>Admassu Getaneh marches past flowering herbs and …

Monkeys

Mirrored House Camouflages into the Mountainous Californian Desert

Springing up from the Southern Californian desert, Doug Aitken‘s mirrored house <i>Mirage</i> reflects like a jewel. The art installation was created for Desert X, a festival that fills the Coachella Valley with site-specific art by 15 established and emerging artists.<p>As both artist and filmmaker, Aitken …

Architecture

Man Takes Selfie with Cute Quokka Who Then Continues to Follow Him

Last month, 21-year-old Campbell Jones and his girlfriend embarked on a bike ride on Rottnest Island. Located off the coast of Western Australia, Rottnest is renowned for its scenic, seaside landscape, warm weather, and ample wildlife—namely, its indigenous quokka population. With its adorable …

Wildlife

10,000 Freshly-Cut Flowers Suspended in Striking Ephemeral Art Exhibit

London-based installation artist Rebecca Louise Law boasts an original and organic oeuvre. Using natural materials, Law crafts pieces that celebrate the environment and highlight its inherently ever-changing nature. In a new exhibition titled <i>The Iris</i>, Law addresses her interest in flora and her …

Art

Artist Turns Metal Wire into Bonsai Trees That Will Live Forever

Love the beauty of bonsai trees, but worry about caring for one? No fear, wire artist Matthew Gollop has you covered. His company, Metal Bonsai, specializes in wire tree art, with a focus on bonsai trees.<p>Gollop’s trees are inspired by the beauty and strength of bonsai, each sculpture lovingly …

Sculpture

Kenyan Artist Hand-Carves and Paints Wooden Sculptures of Local Nature

Born in beautiful Kenya and now based in picturesque New Zealand, artist Gordon Pembridge has been lucky enough to have a lifelong relationship with nature. As a painter and woodworker, Pembridge often looks to his surroundings for inspiration, which has culminated in an oeuvre that incorporates …

Sculpture

Couple Takes a Plunge to Get Married in the Middle of the Caribbean Sea

We’ve all heard of couples getting married on the beach, but what about <i>in</i> the water? It’s practically unheard of. But that’s exactly what bride Susana Zamos and her groom Jovany did; their water wedding was performed in the middle of the Caribbean Sea in Cozumel, Mexico. Surrounded by 100 friends …

Photography

Climate Scientists Take to the Streets to Protest Trump

On Sunday, Donald Trump told Fox News that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real. But scientists who staged a rally in San Francisco …

Climate Change

Brown Goes Green: UPS Tests Electric Bikes for Deliveries in Portland

Portland, Oregon, just got another reason to call itself “Bike City USA.”<p>UPS has started a trial program to deliver packages there using an …

Electric Vehicles

Washed Away

Nouakchott, MAURITANIA—Nouakchott is a coastal city, but most of the time, it pretends not to be. Its orientation is, instead, toward the desert and …

Climate

With Trump at the Helm, Could Republicans Fast-Track Privatizing Public Lands?

When it comes to the American West, Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” still rings mostly true. The federal government (and by proxy, U.S. …

A Day to Mark Fallen Species

Eighty years ago, the world’s last Tasmanian tiger, also known as the thylacine, died in Hobart Zoo in Australia.<p>This year, animal lovers and …

Remembrance Day

19 Ways Arctic Climate Change Could Unleash a Global Catastrophe

Scientists have identified 19 “tipping points” that could radically change Arctic societies and environmental communities—and potentially the rest of …

Climate Change

How to push climate action forward in the Trump era

<i>Liz Purchia Gannon is a founder and partner of Riff City Strategies. She was previously the head of communications at the U.S. Environmental</i> …

Climate Change