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National Geographic Magazine - UKNational Geographic Magazine - UK

National Geographic Magazine - UK August 2018

What's inside the yellow box? Amazing discoveries and experiences await you in every issue of National Geographic magazine.

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short on sleep

Arianna Huffington, 68, co-founded the news and blog website the Huffington Post, and is CEO and founder of the wellness company Thrive Global. She has authored 15 books, including The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time. Thanks for sharing your expertise on sleep, the topic of our cover story. Thomas Edison called sleep “an absurdity” and “a bad habit.” Is that idea ingrained in our culture? I think it’s deeply ingrained, but we’re at a moment of transformation. What stops people from prioritizing sleep is the fear that somehow they’re going to miss out. We have so many phrases that confirm that—“You snooze, you lose,” “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” But now there are role models, people who are prioritizing sleep and are supereffective.…

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caring is not enough. we must act.

Wildlife expert and television presenter Chris Packham’s environmental awareness began at an early age, when he volunteered to protect peregrine falcon nests from egg collectors during his school holidays. (PHOTO: JO CHARLESWORTH) I’ve been a fan of National Geographic since I was a child. The topics covered in the magazine seemed exotic back then, but as I look through the current issue, I’m struck by how universal they now all are.The illegal persecution of animals is a global matter, whether it’s lions (“Poisoning Africa,” page 78) or birds of prey in Peak District National Park (next page). Even butterflies are under threat in Indonesia’s rain forest (“The Butterfly Catchers,” page 112) as well as in Britain’s countryside.What concerns me most is the loss of biodiversity. If we stress ecosystems…

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birds of prey at risk

According to a recent report, peregrine falcon (above) and goshawk populations are declining in the northern section of Peak District National Park where grouse shooting estates are present. Mark Thomas, an investigator at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), vividly remembers the first time he saw a goshawk, in 1990 in the northern section of Peak District National Park. “[It was] flying really low,” he recalls. “I felt exhilarated and privileged.”Fast-forward nearly 30 years: According to a recent report co-authored by Thomas, the bird has nearly vanished from the area, along with another bird of prey, the peregrine falcon. Thomas believes grouse shooting estates are responsible for the population decline of both birds. Red grouse are explosively fast fliers and a highly prized game bird in…

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a day in the life of a penguin

With the help of a slow exposure, a gyrating swirl of king penguins on a South Georgia beach is transformed into an impressionistic palette of hues. Just enough detail remains to identify the distinctive characteristics of this bird. The soft orange feet of a gentoo penguin stand out against the stark terrain. A silky surface reflects this gentoo penguin as it thrusts toward shore after a fishing trip. I like simplicity in a photo, the challenge of saying more with less, so the sleek forms of penguins isolated against the icy Antarctic landscape make an ideal subject. Because it’s a long way south, I make sure I arrive with a plan in hand and hand warmers in pocket. Taking photos at below freezing temperatures can be challenging and painful…

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embracing the endangered

PHILIPPINE EAGLE (PITHECOPHAGA JEFFERYI) The IUCN says this eagle is critically endangered in its range, which covers the Philippine islands of Leyte, Luzon, Mindanao, and Samar. EGYPTIAN VULTURE (NEOPHRON PERCNOPTERUS) This vulture’s range includes southern Europe, Africa, India, and Nepal. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed the bird as endangered, one of the nine categories it uses to describe a species’ conservation status. MILITARY MACAW (ARA MILITARIS) The IUCN has assessed the military macaw as vulnerable. Its range extends from Mexico to Argentina. This captive bird was photographed at a private collection. (PHOTOGRAPHS BY TIM FLACH) PASSENGER PIGEON (ECTOPISTES MIGRATORIUS) This North American bird was hunted to extinction; the last one died in 1914. This specimen…

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the backstory

CONSIDER THE SHOEBILL, whose photo opens this article. It’s a one-of-a-kind species on the verge of extinction—exactly the type targeted for protection by the Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered species program, aka EDGE of Existence. But when I started the EDGE initiative in 2007, the challenge was getting people who’d never heard of those animals to commit to protecting them.Ideally I could have gone to the leading marketing agency for nature and asked what to do to get people to emotionally connect with these weird and wonderful creatures. But no such agency exists—and we’ve only begun to develop both the art and science of making this vital connection.Tim Flach photographed the birds in this article; all are in his book Endangered, to which I contributed. Flach has a…

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