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Olympians Worry About a Warming World

Taylor Rees is a part of Team Climate, a group of five masters students from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She and her peers have spent the last six months interviewing athletes on their experiences with climate change and its affects on the places where they train, live, and compete. They recently…

Last week we announced the 2009 Adventurers of the Year, selected for their extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation, action sports, and humanitarian work. Now, for the first time ever, you can vote for the Readers' Choice Adventurer of the Year. For the next two weeks, we are going to highlight a different adventurer daily, starting…

On the eve of his election, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed made the mother of all campaign promises. Once in office, the 42-year-old pledged to set aside revenue from the country’s sizable tourism industry to buy land in India, Sri Lanka, and Australia. If the oceans around his low-lying island nation continued to rise as predicted—by…

This Saturday (September 26) the second annual Brita Climate Ride will roll away from lower Manhattan en route to our nation’s capitol. The five-day, 300-mile cycling tour will help raise money and awareness for climate change education through organizations such as Focus the Nation and Clean Air – Cool Planet. It will also raise hope for…

The world's highest ski resort, Chacaltaya, 17,400 feet up in the Bolivian Andes, has melted. Over the last two decades, the glacier on which the resort was built shrunk by more than 80 percent—so much so that the 60-year-old main lodge is now stranded atop a rocky ridge and the only run left is a…

Text by Joe Battle Geo-engineering, the intentional manipulation of nature to compensate for the damage humans have done over the past two centuries, has become a very hot topic. In "Re-Engineering the Earth" (The Atlantic, July/August 2009), writer Graeme Wood profiles several scientists who are developing radical "solutions" to climate change. Here are five of…

Text by Andy Isaacson Earlier this year, a team of scientists dumped several tons of iron into the Atlantic Ocean off the Chilean coast, hoping to fuel a massive algae bloom (algae eat iron), which would in turn suck up massive amounts of CO2 from the air. Instead, shrimp wolfed down the algae, causing yet…

Text and photographs by Andy Maser, a National Geographic Young Explorers grant recipient and Epicocity Project team member We’ve spent one week in Bolivia now, and already we’ve completed a fantastic first descent, discussed effects of climate change with Bolivia’s chief hydrologist, and partied the night away with locals in La Paz. I’m high in…

Text and photographs by Andy Maser, a National Geographic Young Explorers grant recipient and Epicocity Project team member We’ve spent one week in Bolivia now, and already we’ve completed a fantastic first descent, discussed effects of climate change with Bolivia’s chief hydrologist, and partied the night away with locals in La Paz. I’m high in…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph courtesy of James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey In a career spanning more than three decades, James Balog has taken glamour shots of gorillas, ascended the planet’s tallest redwoods to capture their profiles, and dodged lava flows on active volcanoes in order to document eruptions. It should come as no surprise,…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph courtesy of James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey In a career spanning more than three decades, James Balog has taken glamour shots of gorillas, ascended the planet’s tallest redwoods to capture their profiles, and dodged lava flows on active volcanoes in order to document eruptions. It should come as no surprise,…

National Geographic ADVENTURE contributing editor Jon Bowermaster has returned to Antarctica this season, after last year’s five-week-long expedition by sea kayak and sailboat ("The White Continent Heats Up," November 2008). Wtihin days of his arrival, a tourist boat ran aground along the Antarctic Peninsula, the M/V Ushuaia, showing the world just how treacherous the waters…