Writers and photographers are available for interviews June 15-July15 (see specifics below).
- Former GI Brian Turner returns to Baghdad as a tourist and finds there are still hardships and lingering violence,
but also music in the streets and rising hope. He and photographer Lynsey Addario look at this Iraqi city today in A NEW BAGHDAD.Addario is available for interviews.
- Writer Jeffrey Bartholet and photographer Michael Christopher Brown report on the Middle Eastern generation that has sparked a social revolution in YOUTH BULGE. Bartholet and Brown are available for interviews.
- What did she look like, and where is she buried? Chip Brown explores the mystery and al-lure surrounding the last pharaoh of Egypt in THE SEARCH FOR CLEOPATRA. In FOOD ARK, writer Charles Siebert and photographer Jim Richardson look at the crucial need to preserve heirloom seeds and breeds if we are to feed our hungry world. Siebert and Richardson are available for interviews.
- Writer Susan McGrath and photographer Florian Schulz go deep into the Arctic to cover the endangered life of polar bears in ON THIN ICE/ McGrath is available for interviews.
- The beauty and wonder of Portugal’s only national park, Peneda-Gerês, are highlighted by writer Tim Mueller and photographer Peter Essick in HIKE, SWIM, FARM. Essick is available for interviews.
The New Baghdad, by Brian Turner, photographed by Lynsey Addario (Page 76) The last time National Geographic author and former GI Brian Turner had been to Baghdad he was a member of the U.S. military sent to bring democracy to Iraq. In December 2010 he came back as a civilian. “For a moment I imagine I’ve returned to Baghdad the way a ghost might haunt the world it once inhabited. But things have changed.” Turner finds a new Baghdad — a city still with lingering violence, massive concrete T-walls to shield against bomb blasts, and shortages of water, electricity and fuel, but also a place where people enjoy nights out, children laugh in the streets again and signs of renewal are everywhere.
Youth Bulge, by Jeffrey Bartholet, photographed by Michael Christopher Brown (Page 102) “Armed with cell phones, social media and sometimes just sheer determination, youth from North Africa to the Middle East are struggling to take ownership of their future,” writes Jeffrey Batholet as he examines the difficult times of a generation in waiting. Frustrated with their governments, this large demographic is uniting and fighting back, asking for better education, jobs and simple liberties. Whether leaders will listen is still unknown, but one thing is sure — the social strife has begun.
The Search for Cleopatra (cover story) by Chip Brown (Page 40) Cleopatra’s name is immortalized by slot machines, board games, an asteroid, an upcoming movie starring Angelina Jolie, and even a Mediterranean pollution-monitoring plant. Yet she is obscured by what a biographer called the “fog of fiction and Vituperation which has surrounded her personality from her own lifetime onwards.” Chip Brown explores the allure of the last pharaoh of Egypt. For more than two thousand years, celebrity.” From her looks to the location of her tomb, much about Cleopatra remains a mystery.
Food Ark, (part of a yearlong series on population issues) by Charles Siebert, photographed by Jim Richardson (Page 108) As the world’s population reaches 7 billion this year, a food crisis is looming. We have come to depend on a limited number of livestock breeds and fruit and vegetable varieties. Experts estimate we have lost more than half the world’s food varieties over the past century, and of the 8,000 known livestock breeds, 1,600 are endangered or already extinct. Climate change, disease and natural disasters are threatening the plants and animals we depend on. Fortunately we do have seeds and breeds to endure our future food supply, but urgent steps need to be taken to preserve them.
On Thin Ice, by Susan McGrath, photographed by Florian Schulz (Page 64) Over the past few decades, the life of polar bears has become increasingly perilous. Thinning ice and a lengthening period of summer melt are depriving these Arctic creatures of their habitat, and some, their lives. A polar bear spends the majority of its life on sea ice, leaving only to build maternal birthing dens. If greenhouse gases aren’t curbed, sea ice will continue to decline, leaving polar bears thinner and desperate for food. If we want to keep these iconic animals from extinction, we need to reduce the warming of the atmosphere before it’s too late.
Hike, Swim, Farm, by Tom Mueller, photographed by Peter Essick (Page 132) Tucked into a craggy corner of northern Portugal is a national park unlike most others. Within 270 square miles one encounters mountain ranges, rivers, canyons, gorges and streams. Wolf and man live within a rock’s throw of each other, and history seems to sprout from the landscape. Peneda-Gerês, Portugal’s only national park, is a treasure worth preserving.
July’s Departments section looks at the sex of extinct pterosaurs;; sleeping patterns of mammals;; the temperament of birds;; the success of the euro;; how to feed a growing planet;; how temperature affects manatees;; the accidental success of treasure hunters;; the possibility of space elevators;; the disappearance of guinea worm disease;; and cutting-edge brain scanners. Details can be found at ngm.com/2011/07/visions-now-nest (Note: July’s features will be posted June 15).
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