Climate Change

A breathtaking satellite timelapse of the seasons changing in East Asia.

Using data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite, scientists and data visualizers stitched together a full year’s worth of monthly observations of the land surface, coastal oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, photo-like mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet.

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Traveling a thousand kilometers from the coast of Mexico, the National Geographic Pristine Seas team set out to better understand the island’s reefs, unexplored deep waters, and surrounding seamounts. The expedition was part of Pristine Seas, National Geographic’s largest initiative dedicated to environmental preservation, founded by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala in 2008

Los Angeles skies are becoming less smoggy, a clear sign that emission control strategies are working.

We’ve already protected 15% of the Earth’s land and 7% of our oceans. But it’s not enough to achieve a planet in balance. The National Geographic Society is teaming up with the Wyss Campaign for Nature to address our current conservation crisis. Our goal: Protect 30% of the planet in its natural state by 2030

Climate change includes both the global warming driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases, and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century the rate of human impact on Earth’s climate system and its global scale have been unprecedented.

Welcome to the Anthropocene. This is a short film produced for the Planet Under Pressure conference (see below), and at the heart of it is a beautiful animation produced by Globaïa. It shows just how much humans are changing the Earth, and how our roads and shipping lanes basically cover the whole thing

Did you know oil and gas companies are allowed to inject huge quantities of secret, toxic fluids, directly into our drinking water – and that the EPA is currently powerless to do anything about it?

Wild places on Earth are under threat like never before from unprecedented human destruction and degradation. The fight to protect these last wild places and secure the future of life on our planet is unfolding now.

Mia Hansen thought it was asinine that smoothie company Jamba Juice, which bills its product as healthy and natural, serves your People Chow in an Earth-unfriendly giant styrofoam cup, so she started a Change.org petition to get the chain to stop using styrofoam — and it worked

For the first time, renewable sources have outdone nuclear power in the United States. Renewable energy sources, wind, water, solar and others passed nuclear generation as a share of U.S. power in September.

Global ice levels are seen in rapid decline in this animation from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE).

This eye-opening animation shows the dynamics of the ozone layer from January 1st to March 23rd in both 2010 and 2011. Recent observations from satellites and ground stations suggest that atmospheric ozone levels for March 2011 in the Arctic were approaching the lowest levels in the modern instrumental era.

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Nigerian villagers say oil washing up on the coast comes from a Royal Dutch Shell loading accident last month that caused the biggest spill in Africa’s top producer in more than 13 years.

An unprecedented satellite flyover look at the seasons changing in the Nile Delta.

Using data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite, scientists and data visualizers stitched together a full year’s worth of monthly observations of the land surface, coastal oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, photo-like mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet.

The Earth’s wild places are providers and protectors of resources essential to life on this planet, but humans are degrading and destroying these havens on an unprecedented scale. The fight to protect these last wild places and secure the future of life on our planet is unfolding now. The National Geographic Society is teaming up with the Wyss Campaign for Nature to address our current conservation crisis. Our goal: Protect 30% of the planet in its natural state by 2030.

A straightforward explanation of Climate Change. The heat from human emissions is roughly equal to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs every day. Historically, every time carbon dioxide levels increase in Earth’s atmosphere, the average surface temperature increases, ice melts, and the seas rise.

Our climate is changing drastically and quickly, so what steps can YOU take to stop it today?

A future of rising global temperatures looks bleak. To stop it, we need to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2.5% every year, until they reach zero. Here’s how we can do it.

How much do you know about the link between climate change, extreme weather, and health? Learn how it is all connected, the life-changing impacts on our planet and people, and steps you can take to help protect yourself and those you love.

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