#National Geographic

Want to Temporarily Escape The You-Know-What? Here’s How To “Walk In the Woods” Virtually

With more states like ours — Maryland and Virginia — joining the “shelter-in-place” club, finding a way to get outdoors but maintain the appropriate social distance is increasingly difficult in urban areas and the stress of it all can be really draining.  There is a wealth of resources to help you get outdoors — albeit virtually — if you cannot easily get to a secluded place to enjoy nature safely. If you want something bold or exotic, try a virtual expedition with a National Geographic Explorer.  Even a one-minute “walk in the woods” in silence like the one above in Federica Park on St. Simons Island, Georgia can provide instant relief from our new relative captivity.

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The Cabo Pulmo Miracle

The Cabo Pulmo Miracle

By Monica Medina, Co-Founder and Co-Publisher, Our Daily Planet I had always wanted to visit Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Park — I am not quite at the bucket list stage yet but I am deep into “YOLO” territory, so for my birthday this year I planned to make the trek.  Cabo Pulmo is a UNESCO […]

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The Campaign for Nature–Get To Know It!

The Campaign for Nature–Get To Know It!

If you’ve been following along with us all week then by now you’ll have a pretty good understanding of the biodiversity crisis we’re facing and why it’s so important that we protect nature. That’s where the Campaign for Nature comes in… In October of 2018,  the Wyss Foundation, a charity focused on protecting wild places, announced […]

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A Giant New Marine Protected Area In the Atlantic Is Announced

A Giant New Marine Protected Area In the Atlantic Is Announced

It may be a small speck in the giant Atlantic Ocean, but Ascension Island announced on August 24th that it would protect the nearly 170,000 square miles of its national waters — turning them into a gigantic marine protected area.  In support of that announcement, the U.K. government announced plans to set aside 7 million pounds ($8.5 million) for marine conservation in Ascension, which is a British protectorate. 

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Major Shark Conservation Victory Celebrated With Remarkable Photos

Major Shark Conservation Victory Celebrated With Remarkable Photos

This week, the nations of the world gathered at the Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Convention on Trade in Endangered Species and took a major step forward in protecting 18 species of sharks and rays, including mako sharks, wedgefishes, and guitarfishes. 

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One Cool Thing: Deep Sea Exploration You Can Watch LIVE!

One Cool Thing: Deep Sea Exploration You Can Watch LIVE!

There is far too little exploration of the wonders of the deep sea, but there is one very high profile expedition going on now and you can watch it live!  Dr. Robert Ballard, the National Geographic Explorer in Residence who discovered the Titanic, and his Exploration Vehicle (E/V) Nautilus, is currently exploring for the first […]

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One Cool Thing: Going to the Moons

One Cool Thing: Going to the Moons

You don’t have to be an astronaut to go to the moon!  National Geographic has created a really cool interactive Atlas of the Moons — ALL of the moons in our solar system.  Earth is the only planet in our solar system with just one moon — and you can learn much more about it […]

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Yikes, We’re Eating 2,000 Pieces of Plastic Each Week

Yikes, We’re Eating 2,000 Pieces of Plastic Each Week

A new study put out by the University of Newcastle in Australia has revealed that humans are eating, swallowing or breathing in about 2,000 tiny pieces of plastic each week, an amount equal to the weight of one credit card. That’s some literal food for thought as we consider how to curb our addiction to […]

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Hero of the Week:  Ma Jun, Chinese Anti-Pollution Activist

Hero of the Week: Ma Jun, Chinese Anti-Pollution Activist

This week we salute Ma Jung, a former investigative reporter in China who has been pressuring the Chinese government and private companies for more than a decade to reduce pollution.  For good reason, according to the World Health Organization, a staggering 1 million people in China died due to air pollution in 2016.  Wow.  Ma […]

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One Smart Kid: Winner of the National Geographic GeoBee

One Smart Kid: Winner of the National Geographic GeoBee

Nihar Janga, an 8th-grader from Canyon Ridge Middle School in Austin, Texas, won the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee held in Washington, D.C.  But get this — in 2016, Janga was the co-champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee! It was a very competitive championship round with five tiebreaker questions — Nihar was tied with […]

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One Wild Thing: The Rio Grande River

A new documentary that premiered last week doubles as both a gorgeous nature film giving the public a rare, up-close view of the rugged landscape along the 1200-mile US-Mexico border spanning the state of Texas, as well as a political film about the tragic harms to humans and wildlife caused by building “that wall.”   The […]

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Special Earth Week Bonus EXCLUSIVE Interview with Gary Knell, Chairman of National Geographic Partners

Special Earth Week Bonus EXCLUSIVE Interview with Gary Knell, Chairman of National Geographic Partners

It has been a huge year for National Geographic, including winning an Oscar for “Free Solo” as Best Documentary film and merging forces with Disney.  We caught up with Gary to talk about all that, plus his vision for National Geographic’s next phase. ODP:   At a time when content is limitless, what has kept National […]

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