National Geographic Magazine - UK

National Geographic Magazine - UK October 2019

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

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what’s coming

NAT GEO FILMS The Cave: Tending Syria’s war wounds in secret wards In a hidden underground hospital in war-torn eastern Ghouta, Syria, pediatrician Amani Ballour (above) and her staff risked their lives to provide medical care to the besieged local population. In The Cave, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Feras Fayyad tells the harrowing true story of “Dr. Amani,” her colleagues, and her patients. The film, which just had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, is in theaters this fall. TELEVISION Watch the search for evidence of Amelia Earhart’s last landing Follow explorer Robert Ballard—known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic shipwreck—to a remote Pacific island where he hopes to solve the mystery of aviatrix Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. The expedition employs cutting-edge devices in its search, in a two-hour documentary that premieres October…

2 min
preventing a world without coffee

We may love coffee but, according to a 2019 study, our morning cup could be on the brink. Scientists at Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens claim that conditions like deforestation, pests and pathogens could see 60 per cent of all wild coffee species perish within the next few decades. Climate change alone could cut land suitable for Arabica production in half by 2050. Nespresso wants to make sure none of this comes to fruition. That’s why they’ve created the AAA Sustainable Quality program to help farmers in prime coffee growing regions make their smallholdings more resilient to climate change. One of the ways it’s doing so is with trees, which are key to the future of not only high-quality coffee but the valuable heritage of the cultures that grow it. By 2020, Nespresso…

2 min
saving animals by telling their stories

A NAKED MOLE RAT. That was photographer Joel Sartore’s first model in 2006 when he began making studio portraits of animals in captivity. The purpose: to capture for posterity species that someday might be extinct. To reflect the project’s life-preserving mission, Sartore named it Photo Ark. By the time you read this, Sartore expects to have portraits of nearly 10,000 animals in the Ark. He plans to keep going to 15,000, which could take another 10-15 years. We asked him about his project, which we’re featuring in this special issue on endangered wildlife. Of the species you’ve photographed that have since gone extinct, what’s one of the most memorable? I’d say the Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog, Ecnomiohyla rabborum. A few years ago there was one left alive, a male, at the Atlanta Botanical…

1 min
fragile life in freshwater

1 min
the backstory

DAVID HERASIMTSCHUK often spends as many as 10 hours in water not much warmer than freezing. He floats and bobs in a dry suit, clutching his camera—and waiting. You wouldn’t know it from his extreme patience, but he’s actually in a rush. “Many of these species have been around for millions of years,” he says, “and it’s only in the last hundred that they’ve started to vanish.” Herasimtschuk is a photographer and cinematographer for Freshwaters Illustrated, a conservation nonprofit that sends him around the world to document imperiled wildlife in lakes, rivers, and creeks. Scientists believe that more than 20 percent of freshwater fish species are threatened or already extinct, as dams constrain migration routes and habitats are made inhospitable by pollution runoff and rising water temperatures. These losses affect humans too.…

6 min
cat vs. bird: the battle lines

MY CAT, BERNSTEIN, likes bird-watching almost as much as I do. Bernstein is an easygoing three-year-old short-haired tabby whose other passions include laser pointers, elastic hair bands, and dental floss. And me, I’m a 33-year-old short-haired blond who has always been, petwise, a cat person. Bernstein and I often hang out together in the living room, appreciating the natural order of hummingbirds and chickadees outside our window. Bernstein was a tiny kitten, unable to eat or open his eyes, when he was rescued after being abandoned in a barn. (His littermate, Woodward, remains with the journalist friend who rescued them.) He’s one lucky cat—and I’ve wondered if his genial personality might be due, at least in part, to everlasting gratitude for having dodged a lifetime of starvation, shelters, and other feral…