One place is home to more than half of the world’s plant and animal species: the Amazon rainforest. It also produces 20% of the world’s oxygen, and in one year the Amazon absorbs and stores an average of 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide through a process called carbon sequestration. This process can help mitigate the effects of climate change. But 17% of the Amazon has been lost in the past 50 years, hindering this remarkable ability. That’s why we’re working to protect 30% of the planet including places like the Amazon rainforest by 2030. Link in bio for more information. #CampaignForNature #WorldRainforestDay 📸: @mattiasklumofficial
Celebrating today’s #SummerSolstice ☀️ with this archival photo of none other than Alexander Graham Bell, National Geographic’s second president, enjoying a walk on the beach. He’s joined by his daughter Elsie May Bell Grosvenor, who was called the “First Lady of the Geographic” for her active role at National Geographic Society.
Thanks to the incredible Everest expedition team, you can now see near real-time weather data from the two highest weather station in the world! Mount Everest is tall enough to pierce the Central Asian jet stream, which influences everything from storm tracks to agriculture growing seasons. Read live updates on natgeo.com/Everest and learn more about the new research from the National Geographic and @Rolex Perpetual Planet Extreme Expedition to Mount Everest. #PerpetualPlanet #NatGeoExtremes 📸: @FreddieWilkinson
National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek has walked 11,000 miles. And he still has two more continents and an ocean to go. On his journey to trace the path of human migration, he’s covered the stories of our new millennium through journals, photography and video for the National Geographic Society. Now, @newyorkermag is also covering his journey. To read this month’s dispatch from the Out of Eden Walk, check out the link in the bio. 📸: @johnstanmeyer #EdenWalk
Collaborators. Colleagues. Changemakers! Thank you to each Explorer who brought their ideas, passion, and energy to #NatGeoFest last week. We’re inspired by all of you!
This week at #NatGeoFest we brought together explorers, educators, storytellers and changemakers to prompt cross-discipline conversations and collaborations. Thank you to all of our speakers, including Explorer Liliana Gutierrez ( @liliana gutierrez07 ), for inspiring us to learn together.
“This is a new window into the planet,” said Paul Mayewski, the Everest expedition’s scientific leader. The team pulled the highest ice core sample ever recorded. Why is this important? The core contains historical record of chemicals in the atmosphere when the water droplets froze which, when studied, will help in understanding the atmosphere through time and provide a baseline for assessing current climate trends. Link in bio to learn more about their research. @ROLEX #PerpetualPlanet #NatGeoExtremes 📸: Dirk Collins
BREAKING: National Geographic and @Rolex ’s Everest expedition installed the two highest operating weather stations on the planet. Data from these weather stations will help uncover the impacts of climate change on the more than one billion people who rely on the water supplied by the glaciers of the Himalaya. More about their trailblazing research via the link in our bio. 📸: Mark Fisher ( @fishercreative ), National Geographic #PerpetualPlanet #NatGeoExtremes
“We didn’t start off explicitly saying this would be all women. We set off choosing the best people for the job, and they also happened to be women.” Thank you to @heatherk_zsl for gracing the #NatGeoFest stage to tell us about the important work the #expeditionplastic team is doing to track how plastic waste travels from source to sea — and to the team members who were able to join us virtually! Watch more LIVE through 4PM today ➡️ natgeo.org/watchfestival #planetorplastic
The Okavango Delta is a hotspot for biodiversity and a main water source for a million people. In 2015, @drsteveboyes launched @intotheokavango to explore and protect this critical watershed. Link in bio to hear the lessons he’s learned firsthand as he’s worked to protect wild ecosystems. 📸: @kodilu #CampaignForNature #IntoTheOkavago #NatGeoFest
Things you may only hear at #NatGeoFest Dr. Heather Lynch took the stage today to discuss how she uses satellite imagery to study the distribution and abundance of penguins. Watch more LIVE tomorrow, starting at 9AM ➡️natgeo.org/watchfestival
What a way to kick off today’s #NatGeoFest Symposium! Thank you to @astro_nicole @anousheh_x and @rgaran for bringing us all your view from space, and for this reminder: “We are one people, living on one planet, traveling toward one future." More changemakers take the stage tomorrow, and you can watch along LIVE starting at 9am EST ➡️ natgeo.org/watchfestival
Conservation legend E.O. Wilson has been called the father of biodiversity. He also really loves ants 🐜 From all of us at #NatGeoFest : Happy 90th birthday, E.O. Wilson!
“This is a baby tapir. And no, you are not dreaming, it really is this cute,” says photographer @KatieOrlinsky She traveled to Brazil to photograph the lowland tapir — and the woman who has dedicated her work to save them from extinction. Patrícia Medici ( @epmedici ) has served as the chairperson of the Tapir Specialist Group for two decades, she has helped grow a global network of over 130 tapir conservationists from 27 countries. This week at Explorers Festival, she’ll receive the National Geographic/Buffet Award for Leadership in Conservation. Follow #NatGeoFest throughout the week to meet more of the innovative scientists, explorers and changemakers who are changing the world.
Here’s a glimpse into the Beveridge Reef — located south of the island of Niue — for this #WorldOceansDay Not only are coral reefs some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, but 200 million people living in coastal communities rely on them for protection during storms. Coral reefs protect the mainland from storm surges and flooding by causing the waves to break at sea, instead of at shore. After a @NatGeoPristineSeas expedition to explore the reef, the Government of Niue established a new marine protected area to encompass 40% of the country’s waters. This year, Pristine Seas joined forces with the Blue Prosperity Coalition and committed to protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030. Link in bio to learn more about their work. #CampaignForNature 📸: @EnricSala
“We must act now, even though it is challenging and we cannot guarantee success — the alternative is simply to stand back and witness the extinction of the wonderful Sumatran rhino.” Fellow Rudi Putra is working towards saving the Sumatran rhino from extinction. Learn more about his efforts, why he is passionate about this project, and what you can do to help — link in bio. #SumatranRhinoRescue 📸: Paul Hilton
Over 200 Explorers from more than 50 countries are joining us in Washington, D.C. for #NatGeoFest in just a few days! We’re looking forward to connecting conservationists, innovative scientists, explorers, educators, storytellers, and changemakers from different fields to share their discoveries, insights, and solutions for creating a more sustainable future.
In 2018, our @natgeopristineseas team went on expedition to the Argentine island of Isla de los Estados, home to giant kelp forests that harbor a wealth of biodiversity. Did you know kelp forests capture large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and help to mitigate climate change? But as ocean waters warm, they are on average 3x less effective at absorbing carbon. That’s why National Geographic is working to help restore and conserve the Earth’s critical ecosystems and wildlife by protecting 30% of the planet by 2030. Learn more ➡️ CampaignForNature.org #WorldEnvironmentDay #CampaignForNature
Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay ! To honor this year’s air pollution theme, we talked to Explorer and environmental health researcher Ther Aung, who works at the intersection of poverty, energy, and environment. She advises: “People can help reduce air pollution in their cities by driving less, taking public transportation, and using emission free transportation options like walking or biking.” #beatairpollution
Welcome to #TeamNatGeo , Kalee Kreider! More about her exciting new role at the intersection of science and communications via the link in our bio.
Why is it important to give animals space? Nat Geo Photo Ark EDGE Fellow Jamal Galves ( @therealmanateeman ) shares that it is essential for their survival. As a manatee conservationist he urges: “Keep you eyes and ears open. Boat strikes are the leading cause of manatee deaths each year. Always follow the speed limits and respect no wake zones and manatee areas.” @zsledgeofexistence #insidenatgeo #natgeowildlifetourism #campaignfornature
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth, supporting more species per unit area than any other marine environment. But, coral cover on reefs has nearly halved in the past 150 years. We know that in protected areas life comes back. Which is why we’ve committed to protecting 30% of our planet, including our oceans, by 2030. Our Pristine Seas initiative has already helped create 21 marine protected areas, including coral reefs. Take Niue, a country that has committed to protecting 127,000 square kilometers of their waters—including the nearby Beveridge Reef, home to the highest density of grey reef sharks in the world. #CampaignForNature Learn more ➡️pristineseas.org 📸: @manusanfelix_official
Meet Explorer and ecologist @nushiamme ! She works closely in the field with Ecuadorian hummingbirds to study how they balance their daily energy needs. Watch our Stories to hear about her newest adventure: Pursuing her passion for teaching and mentoring as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alaska.