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What are carbon offsets? Here’s why travelers are buying them.

What are carbon offsets? Here’s why travelers are buying them.

When 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on a zero-emissions boat, she did so to make a point about the millions of tons of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere every year as a result of air travel. Spend about 10 hours flying this holiday season and your travel could add…

Episode 8: The Frozen Zoo

Episode 8: The Frozen Zoo

San Diego is home to the world’s first frozen zoo—a genetic library where scientists are racing to bank the tissues and stem cells of disappearing animals. What does conservation look like as we head into what some scientists may believe to be our next great extinction? TRANSCRIPT PETER GWIN (HOST): On the first floor of…

Discover why this stunning region is Spain’s best-kept secret

Discover why this stunning region is Spain’s best-kept secret

This is a meal I could eat nowhere else, it occurs to me around the seventh course. I’m in the mountains of Asturias, one of Nat Geo’s Best Trips for 2020, and I’ve been served a dish of sea urchin and ham that unites the coast and peaks of this northern Spanish province in a…

Europe’s morbid ‘mummy craze’ has been an obsession for centuries

Europe’s morbid ‘mummy craze’ has been an obsession for centuries

Mummies are often a star attraction at many of the world’s great museums. Their temperature-controlled glass cabinets protect and preserve these bodies, which are thousands of years old. Locked within them is the history of how people lived along the Nile many millennia ago. Modern scholars treat them with reverence and great care, but it…

The world’s supply of fresh water is in trouble as mountain ice vanishes

The world’s supply of fresh water is in trouble as mountain ice vanishes

This article was supported by Rolex, which is partnering with the National Geographic Society to shine a light on the challenges facing the Earth’s critical life-support systems through science, exploration, and storytelling. High in the Himalaya, near the base of the Gangotri glacier, water burbles along a narrow river. Pebbles, carried in the small river’s…

Hike and explore Inca ruins on Lake Titicaca’s largest island

Hike and explore Inca ruins on Lake Titicaca’s largest island

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Why the New Zealand volcano eruption caught the world by surprise

On Monday, at 2:11 p.m. local time, an explosive eruption rocked White Island, a small volcanic isle in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. A series of violent blasts rang out, flinging ash 12,000 feet into the sky and showering the volcano’s floor with hot debris, before everything fell silent a handful of minutes later. It…

Why do we get annoyed? Science has irritatingly few answers.

Why do we get annoyed? Science has irritatingly few answers.

Picture yourself at a crowded airport departure gate. Your flight is 20 minutes late, although the illuminated sign still says On Time. The woman on your left is noisily eating something that smells awful. The overhead TV is tuned to a celebrity gossip show, a relentless stream of Bieber after Gwyneth after Miley, plus countless…

Why hiking Wales is one of our best trips for 2020

Why hiking Wales is one of our best trips for 2020

The simple words painted on a billboard-size wall overlooking a parking lot in Swansea, Wales, read: “More poetry is needed.” A plea to locals? More likely an exhortation to the rest of the world—because poetry isn’t something I find Wales lacks. A short drive beyond any Welsh city leads to landscapes of imagination: hillsides embroidered…