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- How the Environment Has Changed Since the First Earth Day
- Meet Costa Rica’s 48th president, Carlos Alvarado
- Colombian Supreme Court issues ground-breaking ruling on Amazonian deforestation
- How To Rock Any Nature Trip, According To Nat Geo Safari Guides
- Video: Smooth dance moves confirm new bird-of-paradise species
How the Environment Has Changed Since the First Earth Day
Take a look back at the last 48 years and reflect how environmental issues have evolved since Earth Day’s inception in 1970. While the movement has achieved many successes in this time, there’s still work to be done: issues of habitat loss and climate change have rotated to the forefront, and campaigns against plastic use are taking center stage. Addressing these challenges requires fundamental changes in how humans relate to the natural world, says National Geographic Society’s CEO.
Meet Costa Rica’s 48th president, Carlos Alvarado
Costa Rica’s April 1 elections resulted in a landslide win for Carlos Alvarado Quesada, a center-left former Cabinet minister with a background in journalism and political science. Alvarado previously served as the Minister of Human Development and the Labor Minister under President Luis Guillermo Solís. His action as Minister of Human Development jumpstarted the construction of a school in San Jose’s La Carpio neighborhood, inhabited by Nicaraguan immigrants and poor Costa Ricans.
Colombian Supreme Court issues ground-breaking ruling on Amazonian deforestation
In January, 25 young citizens of Colombia filed a lawsuit demanding the right to a healthy environment, life, health, food, and water – all of which are negatively affected by Amazonian deforestation. The country’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of the citizens, stating, “We are all obliged to consider how our actions and daily behavior impacts upon society and nature.” Their verdict gave the government four months to create an action plan with both short-term and long-term goals. The judge also ruled that the Amazon is to be recognized as an entity with its own rights, equal to those of a human being.
How To Rock Any Nature Trip, According To Nat Geo Safari Guides
Safaris are a new experience for most travelers, which can make preparation intimidating. If you’re planning a safari, here are some pointers on choosing a destination, packing for all weather, investing in good gear, opting for unique excursions, and making the most of your bucket list experience.
Video: Smooth dance moves confirm new bird-of-paradise species
In the forests of New Guinea, the male Superb bird-of-paradise performs a spectacular dance ritual to attract a mate. But scientists have confirmed a new species of bird-of-paradise previously thought to be the same as the Superb bird-of-paradise. By filming its own mating ritual, scientists noticed that the Vogelkop Suberb bird-of-paradise has unique dance movies that distinguish it from its neighbor.