National Geographic Magazine July 2018

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1 min.
what’s coming

NAT GEO WILD Get a Good Look at Giant Carnivorous Bats Award-winning National Geographic photographer Anand Varma ventured deep into the Mexican jungle to find and photograph one of the continent’s most elusive creatures: giant carnivorous bats. For centuries their lives have remained a mystery. Varma and renowned biologist Rodrigo Medellín teamed up to uncover the bats’ secrets and capture images never seen before. Giant Carnivorous Bats airs June 22 at 8/7c on Nat Geo WILD. BOOKS Extraordinary Images Wherever You Go National Geographic’s dazzling book of visual wonders—a New York Times photography best seller—now comes in a compact form. Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary is available where books are sold and at NAT GEO WILD Back to the Barn With Dr. Pol With more than 40 years in veterinary practice treating countless farm, pet, and…

2 min.
everyone has a story

CAROL GUZY, 62, has won four Pulitzer Prizes for photography—more than any other photojournalist. Among her peers she’s known as much for her big heart as for the images she makes in places as different as Iraq, Haiti, and New Orleans. We sent Guzy to cover Puerto Rico (above) after Hurricane Maria. I talked with her about that experience and storytelling. Susan Goldberg: I learned as a young reporter writing obituaries that everyone has a story … Carol Guzy: Yes! Everyone has a story, and it’s almost cathartic for people to tell it. But it’s their story—not my story—and it’s amazing to me that people have the courage to open up their lives to the camera. In nearly 40 years as a photographer, what changes have you seen? Now there’s such mistrust of the…

1 min.
the wild gems of russia

1 min.
the backstory

A LITTLE-KNOWN LEGACY of Russia’s tumultuous 20th century is a profusion of protected lands, some so remote and restricted that few Russians have ever set foot in them. In the final months before Nicholas II, the last tsar, was forced to abdicate in 1917, he created the country’s first zapovednik, or “strict nature reserve,” near Lake Baikal in Siberia. Nicholas was soon executed by Bolshevik revolutionaries. He never knew that his reserve had succeeded in saving the Barguzin sable, long prized by the imperial family for its fur, which was nicknamed “soft gold.” In the United States the first national parks had been conceived as “pleasuring grounds” for the people. Early Russian conservationists, such as Grigory Kozhevnikov, had different dreams. They wanted to keep Russia’s new reserves from its people, as pristine…

8 min.
climate: the more things change…

THIRTY YEARS AGO, the potentially disruptive impact of heat-trapping emissions from burning fossil fuels and rain forests became front-page news. It had taken a century of accumulating science, and a big shift in perceptions, for that to happen. Indeed, Svante Arrhenius, the pioneering Swedish scientist who in 1896 first estimated the scope of warming from widespread coal burning, mainly foresaw this as a boon, both in agricultural bounty and “more equable and better climates, especially as regards the colder regions of the Earth.” There were scattered news reports through the decades, including a remarkably clear 1956 article in the New York Times that conveyed how accumulating greenhouse gas emissions from energy production would lead to long-lasting environmental changes. In its closing the article foresaw what’s become the main impediment to tackling harmful…

1 min.
the force of climate change

To explain how the enormity of climate change affects our grasp of it, Rice University’s Tim Morton cites a scene from the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back where the Millennium Falcon flies into a “cave” that’s actually a giant worm’s maw. Living with climate change is like that, he says: “Because the worm is ‘everywhere’ in your field of vision, you can’t really tell the difference between it and the asteroid you think you landed on. For a while, you can kid yourself that you’re not inside a gigantic worm—until it starts digesting you.”…