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Global Warming

The current cycle of global warming is changing the rhythms of climate that all living things have come to rely upon. What will we do to slow this warming? How will we cope with the changes we've already set into motion? While we struggle to figure it all out, the face of the Earth as we know it—coasts, forests, farms, and snowcapped mountains—hangs in the balance.

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    2010 Gulf Oil Spill News and Pictures

    See National Geographic's full coverage of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill: pictures, news reports, and first-person accounts.

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    The Case of the Missing Carbon

    Burning fossil fuels, humans pump CO2 into the atmosphere. Fortunately, plants and ocean waters gather it in. But what if this great recycling system went awry?

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    Photo Gallery: Antarctica Warming

    See the effects global warming has had on Antarctic glaciers and the wildlife that depends on them.

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    Geothermal

    Learn more about these underground reservoirs of steam and hot water that can be tapped to generate electricity or to heat and cool buildings directly.

How to Feed Our Growing Planet

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    Feed the World

    National Geographic explores how we can feed the growing population without overwhelming the planet in our food series.

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The Great Energy Challenge

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    What Is It?

    An initiative to help you understand our current energy situation.

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    Personal Energy Meter

    See how you measure up against others, and how changes at home could do tons to protect the planet.

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The World's Water

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    Help Save the Colorado River

    NG's new Change the Course campaign launches. When individuals pledge to use less water in their own lives, our partners carry out restoration work in the Colorado River Basin.

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    Water Grabbers: A Global Rush on Freshwater

    A special series on how grabbing water from poor people and future generations threatens global food security, environmental sustainability, and local cultures.

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