Special Content for iPad Edition Includes:
- Roots of the King James Bible interactive — Compare linguistics of various editions of the Bible, including how each version is related, and view a swipeable timeline with photos
- A Bible’s Gift to Language gallery — Pinch and zoom to view Bible pages containing classic phrases introduced into the English language
- King James Bible panoramic — Explore a lavish room in England’s Hatfield House
- Cry for the Tiger video — See how tigers react to a remote-controlled camera on wheels
- Big Cat Politics video — A behind-the-scenes interview with Senior Graphics Editor Fernando Baptista on how he created the African lion artwork
- Cats in Crisis interactive — Swipe though images of the eight “cats in crisis” and read information about each
- Japan’s Red Zone Map — Tap to see three zones affected by the nuclear fallout
- Urban Solution photo gallery — Swipe though images of high-rise apartments to see how families add humanizing touches to their living rooms
Writers and photographers are available for interviews Nov. 15 – Dec. 15 (See specifics below)
Japan’s Nuclear Zone,by Lucille Craft, photographed by David Guttenfelder (Page 92) “Perhaps the most heartbreaking thing about the town of Namie is that at first glance nothing seems amiss,” writes author Lucille Craft. In reality Namie is one of five towns, two cities and two villages evacuated following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, that triggered a disaster at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant roughly three miles away. The 21,000 residents of Namie are now among the more than 70,000 “nuclear refugees” displaced by one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents, and the prospect of returning home appears grim. Craft and Guttenfelder are available for interviews.
Miracle of the King James Bible,by Adam Nicolson, photographed by Jim Richardson (Page 36) “You don’t have to be a Christian to hear the power of those words — simple in vocabulary, cosmic in scale, stately in their rhythms, deeply emotional in their impact,” writes author Adam Nicolson of the King James Bible. This translation of the Bible, first published in England 400 years ago and designed to replace all earlier, competing versions of the Scriptures, has had more copies produced than any other book in the English language and has been embraced by everyone from churchgoers and cowboys to poets and Rastafarians. The King James Bible preaches redemption, grace, kindness and freedom, but has an equally fierce insistence on vengeance and control. It was created to bring the word of God to the people, but also to buttress the powers that be — and it is this ambivalence that is its true legacy. Nicolson and Richardson are available for interviews.
Cry for the Tiger, by Caroline Alexander, photographed by Steve Winter (Page 62) Global alarm for tigers was first sounded in 1969. Early in the ’80s it was estimated that some 8,000 tigers remained in the wild; today conservationists believe there may be fewer than 4,000, and this mightiest of cats is facing annihilation due to habitat loss and poaching. The pressing concern is to save the few tigers that still exist, while long-term conservation efforts must target all aspects of a tiger landscape such as core breeding populations and working with surrounding human communities. The fight to save the tiger can be won, but will “require the human species to display not merely resolve but outright zealotry.” Alexander and Winter are available for interviews.
Politics Is Killing the Big Cats, by George B. Schaller (Page 88) Author and world-renowned field biologist George B. Schaller has been studying big cats for nearly half a century. As their population numbers dwindle, Schaller proposes bold action to ensure their survival. The fate of big cats “rests solely with humankind,” he writes. “Our greatest challenge is to instill national commitments to save the big cats.” He suggests that communities are key, and that they could be paid to maintain healthy cat populations. “Communities must be directly involved as full partners in conservation by contributing their knowledge, insights, and skills. Communities need incentives to share their land with such predators. Benefits need to be based on moral values as well as economic ones.”
Cities Are the Solution, by Robert Kunzig (Page 124) This article is part of the National Geographic’s yearlong SEVEN BILLION series on global population. With Earth’s population now topping 7 billion, dense cities are looking like the best cure for our planet’s growing pains. By allowing half of humanity to live on around 4 percent of the arable land, cities leave more space for open country, making urbanization beneficial not only to people but to the environment. In cities, roads, sewers and power lines are shorter and use fewer resources. People drive less. Their apartments take less energy to heat and cool. “Urbanization is good news,” writes Robert Kunzig. With the population headed toward 9-10 billion, “cities are the best hope for lifting people out of poverty without wrecking the planet.” Kunzig is available for interviews.
Upstart Galaxies, by Timothy Ferris (Page 114) The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds loom near the southern Milky Way and are the largest and brightest of our satellite galaxies. Unlike other satellites of the Milky Way that usually perish in its grasp, the Magellanic Clouds are thriving. Astronomers once assumed the Magellanic Clouds had always orbited the Milky Way at their current distance, but new evidence suggests they have only recently ventured this close to our galaxy. If so, we may be witnessing the onset of a galactic pas de trois — a dance of the sort that can shatter the composure of galaxies, forging billions of new stars and planets while flinging others into the depths of space. Will the dynamic dance result in an eventual merger of the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds? Or will the clouds just come and go, spending their careers as a quiet, composed couple that comes downtown every couple of billion years? Ferris is available for interviews.
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