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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.

At the National Geographic Society, we believe in the power of science, exploration, education—and storytelling—to change the world. Our Sciencetelling Bootcamp helps National Geographic grant recipients learn how to communicate their important scientific discoveries in ways that build global geographic knowledge and empower us all to generate solutions for a healthier future.

An amazing new concept uses a wind turbine to condense water from the air and pump it into storage tanks for filtration and purification. The idea is revolutionary because it doesn’t require any power from the grid, as it is self-powered.

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.

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. Learn more: natgeo.org/pristineseas

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

California dominated nearly every clean energy category, according to a new report by Ernst & Young that ranks states according to renewable energy markets, infrastructures and their suitability for individual technologies.

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

We followed scientists Andrew Stein and Florian Weise in the field as they set up a lion tracking system in northern Botswana. With help from Big Cats Initiative, Stein and Weise developed this system to reduce conflict between lions and the surrounding communities

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).

Watch this is ground breaking approach to conservation that brings together the Government of Indonesia, leading international conservation organizations, local experts and conservation practitioners, and supporters from around the world, to rescue a species from extinction.

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.

Every day, National Geographic works to promote science and conservation across the planet, and we couldn’t do it without your generosity.

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.

National Geographic marine ecologist Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 to explore and help save the last wild places in the ocean. The goal: Protect 20 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020. These unique ecosystems are a window into the past, revealing what the ocean looked like before overfishing and pollution took their toll. It is essential that we let the world know that these places exist, that they are threatened, and that help is needed to protect them.

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