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July 28, 2014

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9:42 PM | July 27, 2014 Radio Show: Curing Cancer, Spending Summer Nights With Fireflies and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they invent a cheap cancer detection system, scour the earth's poles for adventure, ingratiate themselves with a cheetah family, give the facts on fireflies, conjure life from the fangs of a viper, feed Africa from Africa, roadtrip across the United States in comfort, and photograph National Geographic's past.

July 26, 2014

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11:40 PM | Say NO to Arctic Drilling
Fossil fuels pollute our air and water. Overfishing, ocean acidification, and other human activities are already harming marine life. Let's stop looking for oil and clean up the mess we've already made. Continue reading →
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8:34 PM | Expedition to the Land of Ice Bears
It was almost at the exact moment of the northern solstice that we boarded the National Geographic Explorer for a week-long expedition to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard--the time of year when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky as seen from the North Pole. We were in the land of the midnight sun, and we would not see the darkness of night for the entire time we were there.

July 25, 2014

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10:41 PM | Fresh Focus on Siberian Permafrost as Second Hole is Reported
A report of a second odd hole in the Siberian permafrost draws fresh attention to the warming Russian tundra.

July 24, 2014

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8:45 PM | Rule for Regulating Existing Power Plants under Fire
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a hearing on “EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants.” Debate about the proposed rule to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants has swirled since the rule’s release last month. Coal-heavy states and others have criticized both the…

July 23, 2014

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2:03 AM | Matthew Sturm – insight into the Arctic
Over four decades after entering the Arctic Circle for the first time, Matthew Sturm, snow scientist and University of Alaska professor, still looks on the Arctic as a place of wonder. In Finding the Arctic (University of Alaska Press, 2012), a story of history and culture along a 2,500 mile snowmobile journey from Alaska to Hudson’s Bay, Matthew Sturm tackles an epic path across Alaska and Canada. As Finding the Arctic’s story unfolds, Sturm and six companions: Jon Holmgren, […]
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2:03 AM | Matthew Sturm – insight into the Arctic
Over four decades after entering the Arctic Circle for the first time, Matthew Sturm, snow scientist and University of Alaska professor, still looks on the Arctic as a place of wonder. In Finding the Arctic (University of Alaska Press, 2012), a story of history and culture along a 2,500 mile snowmobile journey from Alaska to Hudson’s Bay, Matthew Sturm tackles an epic path across Alaska and Canada.

July 19, 2014

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12:46 PM | Scientists Begin to Demystify Hole Found in Siberian Permafrost
Scientists start to demystify a mysterious crater found in Siberian permafrost.
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12:00 PM | Global Warming Boosting Reindeer on Norwegian Island—For Now
Reindeer on Norway's Svalbard archipelago are bucking the trend and thriving, according to a long-term study.

July 17, 2014

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2:45 PM | Aussie's Oopsie Daisy, Journey to the Center of Siberia, Great Lake Goes Green (in a Bad Way)
By Jason Bittel Man with a plan: President Obama kicked things wide open yesterday by announcing a whole slew of new climate change initiatives. The list is long, but highlights include: $236 million to help eight states improve electricity infrastructure in rural areas, $13.1 million for 3D mapping data to help cities and states predict and plan for weather-related disasters, and $10 million to help Native American tribes with climate change adaptations. […]

July 15, 2014

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2:18 PM | Save the Moon!, Baltimore's Clean Machine, Giant Snails Go on a Picnic
By Jason Bittel Beetle battle: More than a century ago, people planted tamarisk trees in the American West as a way to prevent erosion. Today the invasive tamarisks are a water-sucking scourge, with a single tree drinking up to 200 gallons a day. Efforts to combat the trees' spread have included bonfires, bulldozers, and its most fearsome enemy, the tamarisk beetle. The beetles kill tamarisks like whoa, but some locals worry the insects will turn on native […]
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6:48 AM | June Was 6th Warmest Globally. The Month Brought Raging Wildfires, Brutal Temperatures, and Melting in Greenland
Arctic air may be plunging south into the U.S. midsection this week, but for the globe as a whole, the picture has been quite different recently. Check out NASA’s latest rendering of the big global picture above. It shows how temperatures departed from the 1951-1980 average in June. The warm colors covering most of the […]The post June Was 6th Warmest Globally. The Month Brought Raging Wildfires, Brutal Temperatures, and Melting in Greenland appeared first on ImaGeo.

July 11, 2014

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4:01 PM | Fossil Teeth Suggest Sharks Could Handle Climate Change
Sharks might be able to cope with climate change's effects upon the Arctic, a study of fossil shark teeth has found. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Counting Polar Bears From Space
The icy (and increasingly ice-free) Arctic is a forbidding place. It’s isolated, it’s remote. The weather is tumultuous. If the polar bears don’t get you, the cold will. That makes it tough to conduct surveys of wildlife populations. Walruses and ribbons seals are so hard to monitor that they’re classified by the IUCN as “data

July 10, 2014

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4:24 PM | Scientists Use Satellite Imagery to Track Polar Bears
High resolution satellite imagery is a very promising tool to track the distribution and abundance of polar bears, say Dr Seth Stapleton from U.S. Geological Survey and his colleagues. Development of novel techniques for monitoring wildlife is a priority in the Arctic, where the impacts of climate change are acute and remoteness and logistical constraints [...]

July 04, 2014

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4:00 AM | Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World
By Kathleen Jamie Synopsis: With her poet’s eye and naturalist’s affinity for wild places, Kathleen Jamie reports from the field in this enthralling collection of fourteen essays whose power derives from the stubborn attention she pays […]

July 02, 2014

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2:17 PM | The Expedition to Reach the “Unconquered Pole” and Save the Arctic Sea
By Lisa Pook I didn’t know I wanted to reach the ‘unconquered’ before January, but then I met Jim McNeill and learned about his Ice Warrior project. There are four ‘North Poles.’ We often hear about explorers trekking to the North Pole, but what they mean is the Geographical North Pole—the point located directly above…
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7:19 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #69
There were so many amazing submissions this month that we decided to publish two editions of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” this week! An amazing collection of wild bird photographs that adds to an already amazing catalogue of 69 editions! Please submit your best wild bird photographs to: www.wildbirdtrust.com/top25/ and our Facebook…

July 01, 2014

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3:40 PM | Shark Fossils Point to Brackish Arctic Ocean in Eocene
A new study on the teeth of extinct sand tiger sharks Striatolamia macrota and Carcharias spp. has provided the first estimate of Eocene (50 million years ago) salinity for the western Arctic Ocean. The study, published in the journal Geology, indicates that these Eocene sharks were thriving in the brackish water of the western Arctic [...]

June 30, 2014

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6:47 PM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #68
Apologies for the long wait for these editions! Whistling ducks, oystercatchers, bald eagles, flycatchers, and woodpeckers. Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration and character of every terrestrial habitat…
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