One Frozen Thing: The New Largest Iceberg

One Frozen Thing: The New Largest Iceberg

The largest iceberg ever recorded broke off Antarctica this past week — and amazingly, climate change was not responsible.  The iceberg, which is known by its number —  A76 — naturally separated from Antarctica’s Ronne Ice Shelf into the Weddell Sea. The creation of new icebergs is called “calving,” and even though this is a […]

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Interview of the Week: Scott Ressler on National Geographic’s “The Last Ice” click button

Interview of the Week: Scott Ressler on National Geographic’s “The Last Ice”

This week, we sat down with Scott Ressler, the producer and director of the National Geographic Society’s latest feature documentary film called “The Last Ice.”  Watch the full interview, and also the film’s beautiful trailer below.  It premieres on National Geographic Wild on Monday at 9 PM ET. On the Film’s Genesis: It started out […]

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One Octopus Thing: This Sweet Documentary Will Steal Your Heart click button

One Octopus Thing: This Sweet Documentary Will Steal Your Heart

We may not be able to enjoy movies in the theater right now, but there is no shortage of great nature documentaries to enjoy from the comfort of your home.  One you may not have heard about is called “My Octopus Teacher” — it is the story of filmmaker Craig Foster who was suffering from […]

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UN Biodiversity Targets Report Card: Incomplete at Best

UN Biodiversity Targets Report Card: Incomplete at Best

Yesterday the United Nations released another in its series of assessments on meeting global conservation targets, this one is a final report card on whether the world achieved the 20 global biodiversity targets set in 2010 with a 2020 deadline.  “If this were a school and these were tests, the world has flunked, said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, executive secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.

Why This Matters:  The report is another loudly ringing alarm bell that our current path is unsustainable — and we need to make a huge shift away from “business as usual” across a range of human activities. 

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Interview of the Week: Jill Tiefenthaler, CEO National Geographic Society

Interview of the Week: Jill Tiefenthaler, CEO National Geographic Society

This past January, Jill Tiefenthaler was named the first female chief executive officer of National Geographic Society after having served as the president of Colorado College since 2011. At NGS Jill will now oversee the development and implementation of the Society’s mission-driven work and programmatic agenda as well as lead the Society’s global community of […]

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New Study Finds Reef Shark Populations Declining More Globally Than Previously Known

New Study Finds Reef Shark Populations Declining More Globally Than Previously Known

Last month, a new study published in the journal Nature showed that shark populations are decreasing in many regions throughout the world at much greater rates than previously thought. As CBS Los Angeles reported, this is the “most comprehensive study done on the world’s shark population.” The study found that 20% of the areas they studied — across 58 countries — had no sharks at all.

Why This Matters: As Philip Matich, a marine biologist at Texas A&M-Galveston says, “Sharks have important roles in marine ecosystems, but disturbance can alter this role.” This, in turn, can impact the ecosystem, since as one of the top predators in the water sharks regulate prey populations. But, as the study notes, not all hope is lost.

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