One Cool Thing: Around the World with NatGeo and Disney click button

One Cool Thing: Around the World with NatGeo and Disney

National Geographic is bringing a new docuseries to Disney+ this December. In Welcome to Earth,  the former Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith travels around the globe with some of the world’s greatest modern adventurers. As our planet warms and ecosystems deteriorate, it’s more important than ever to remember what makes Earth so precious. “We think […]

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NatGeo and Mexico Team Up to Create New Marine Protected Area, Islas Marías

NatGeo and Mexico Team Up to Create New Marine Protected Area, Islas Marías

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Mexican government, Mares Mexicanos, and the National Geographic Pristine Seas project have announced a new fully protected marine area: the Islas Marías Biosphere Reserve. The reserve will cover 6,413 square kilometers, an area about the size of Delaware, and bans all fishing, mining, drilling, and other extractive activities. The coalition says […]

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Angelina Jolie Takes One for the Bees and Women in Beekeeping

Angelina Jolie Takes One for the Bees and Women in Beekeeping

Angelina Jolie appeared in a portrait for National Geographic on World Bee Day (May 20) to raise awareness for the need to protect bees and for a UNESCO-Guerlain program that trains women as beekeeper-entrepreneurs, Women for Bees 

Why this Matters:  Jolie’s right. Three out of every four leading food crops for human consumption depend on pollinators — from fruit, nuts, and vegetables to alfalfa for cattle feed— all in all, honeybees created $20 billion in crop production for the United States

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Endangered Florida Panther Is Beginning to Roar Back

Endangered Florida Panther Is Beginning to Roar Back

Exciting news: The feature I’ve been working on intermittently for 1.5 years is finally out. It’s the story of the Florida panther— its miraculous comeback and hopeful but uncertain future. (A thread.)https://t.co/MLt3agPfIt — Doug Main (@Douglas_Main) March 9, 2021 By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The endangered Florida panther is finally getting the spotlight it deserves […]

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Natural Gas Drilling Begins Upriver from Biodiverse Okavango Delta click button

Natural Gas Drilling Begins Upriver from Biodiverse Okavango Delta

A massive natural gas drill rig has broken ground on an exploratory well just miles upstream of Namibia’s Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest protected wetlands and a crucial migratory route for the largest remaining elephant population, National Geographic reported.

Why This Matters: ReconAfrica, an oil and gas exploration company with German, Canadian, and American stakeholders, has licensed 13,200 square miles of land in Namibia and Botswana.

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Best of 2020: The Creation of Tristan da Cunha MPA

Best of 2020: The Creation of Tristan da Cunha MPA

On Friday, the government of Tristan da Cunha, a four-island archipelago in the South Atlantic, announced that it is creating the fourth-largest marine “no-take” reserve in the world

Why This Matters:  As National Geographic states, while 8% of the world’s ocean territory is protected at some level, commercial fishing is banned in only 2.6%.

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