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Photo by @feedtheplanet (George Steinmetz) // sponsored by @landolakesinc | AeroFarms is a pioneer and leader for indoor vertical farming. Headquarted in Newark, the company has developed commercial-scale farms that use aeroponics and LED lighting for efficient photosynthesis, optimizing the plants for taste, texture, nutrition, color and yield.
Feeding the world in the future depends on people working together. On #NationalAgDay, we invite everyone to help farmers feed human progress. See what it’ll take at #TheFoodEffect


Photo by @lucasfogliaphoto (Lucas Foglia) // sponsored by @landolakesinc | New varieties of grapes, peppers, and raspberries are grown and tested under high-voltage lamps at the Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York. Scientists race to create climate-change-resilient agriculture. By crossbreeding domesticated crops with their wild ancestors, they propagate superhardy strains that can withstand droughts, heat waves, and freezes. As erratic weather patterns intensify, farmers need crops that can cope with such stresses.

Feeding the world in the future depends on people working together. On #NationalAgDay, we invite everyone to help farmers feed human progress. See what it’ll take at #TheFoodEffect


Photo by @amivitale With a heavy heart, I share this news and hope that Sudan's legacy will awaken us to protect this magnificent and fragile planet. Yesterday, wildlife ranger Joseph Wachira, 26 comforted Sudan, the last living male Northern White Rhino left on this planet moments before he passed away. Sudan lived a long, healthy life at the conservancy after he was brought to Kenya from @safari_park_dvur_kralov in the #Czechrepublic in 2009. He died surrounded by people who loved him at @olpejeta after suffering from age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds. Sudan has been an inspirational figure for many across the world. Thousands have trooped to Ol Pejeta to see him and he has helped raise awareness for rhino conservation. The two female northern white rhinos left on the planet are his direct descendants. Research into new Assisted Reproductive Techniques for large mammals is underway due to him. The impact that this special animal has had on conservation is simply incredible. And there is still hope in the future that the subspecies might be restored through IVF.
In 2009, I had the privilege of following this gentle hulking creature on his journey from the snowy Dvur Krulov zoo in the Czech Republic to the warm plains of Kenya, when he was transported with three of his fellow Northern White Rhinos in a last ditch effort to save the subspecies. It was believed that the air, water, and food, not to mention room to roam, might stimulate them to breed—and the offspring would then be used to repopulate Africa. At the time, there were 8 Northern white rhinos alive, all in zoos. Today, we are witnessing the extinction of a species that had survived for millions of years but could not survive mankind. Follow @olpejeta and @amivitale to learn more what we can all do to #coexist.
@natgeo @natgeocreative @olpejeta @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety  #SudanForever#WorthMoreAlive #OlPejetaRhinos #NorthernWhiteRhinos #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #extinction

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Photos by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto. These photos explore the role and function of toys in the lives of children around the world. The photographs reflect the impact of the children’s backgrounds and families on their choise of toys and highlight the universality of play /// Photo n.1- Noel, 4. Mexico. / Photo n.2- Chiwa, 3. Malawi. /// For more photos and stories follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto #toys #toystories #child #children #kids #play #playing #family #families #mexico #malawi #games


Video by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Tourists visit the hilltop Citadel archaeological site, known in Arabic as Jabal al-Qal’a in Amman, Jordan. For more photos and videos, follow me @mmuheisen #muhammedmuheisen

Amman, Jordan

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An elephant taking a drink then walking across the river in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda
The greatest single step taken to ensure the future of elephants in our world was the Ivory Ban recently enacted by China.
Famous individuals in China like former NBA star Yao Ming have trumpeted WildAid’s mantra “When the buying stops the killing can too"
The murder of elephants and other species for their parts needs to stop.

Real community conservation that is based on the continued life of the species rather than it’s death can result in greater and more consistent economic rewards for the future of the local people and the species.
With poaching still a problem throughout the world - PSA campaigns based on economics like @WildAid - WORK - and the numbers show that they WORK.

To learn more about projects that work - check out natgeo,com/bigcats

@WildAid @africanparksnetwork @AfricanWildlifeFoundation @SavetheElephants @natgeo


Photograph by @limauricio | Mauricio Lima
The Aymaras, another indigenous ethnic group from Bolivia's altiplano affected by dried-up Lake Poopó in Untavi, a quiet village in the west bank of the lake.
Check the full story on how climate, overuse and drought are affecting the world’s largest lakes in the March issue of @natgeo magazine and follow @limauricio here to see more of his work around the world.
#LakePoopo #LagoPoopo #Bolivia #Altiplano #Aymaras #Indigenous #Villagers #Water #ClimateChange


Photo by @pedromcbride // A boy prays inside a buddhist monastery in the remote corner of Bhutan, the Himalayan country that defines itself with gross domestic happiness. I spent a month walking the remote northern reach of this country on what is called the “Snowman Trek”, an old 230-mile trade route that crosses multiple 15,000 foot passes and meanders into an ancient Buddhist world where few roads and wheels, except for prayer, exist. To see more, follow @pedromcbride. #bhutan #himalaya #color #gratitude


Image by @joelsartore | Pocket gophers like this one at @cedar.point.biological.station are the earthmovers of the landscape, their industrious burrowing and tunneling turns over the prairie soils to enable other plants and animals to exist that could not otherwise survive without these rodents. Their burrows provide habitat for hundreds of associated animal species including beetles, flies, toads, snakes, mites, and other rodents. Plants like sunflowers and other annual plants come up in the areas that gophers have been tilling or "working". These animals can run backwards or forwards in their burrow systems at about the same speed, using their sparsely-haired tail as a rear sensor. Their fur-lined cheek pouches are used to store food on harvesting expeditions in lateral burrows and the food is taken back to specially dug branches of the burrow system and kept for later. Females usually have from 2 to 4 babies that are kicked out of the mother’s burrow system as soon as they are weaned. Most pocket gophers are solitary and do not enjoy company.
Studying animals like the gopher, the biologists at @cedar.point.biological.station, a field research facility and experiential classroom located in western Nebraska, are currently working to identify all parasites in all mammalian hosts on the Cedar Point Biological Station using both morphology and molecules. After about 5 years of collecting, they are now able to identify most species of parasites in a mammal using a single fecal pellet from a living animal. Soon they'll be able to get a DNA sequence from each species for the identification of both the host and the parasites! #cedarpointbiologicalstation


Photo by @ruddyroye (Ruddy Roye) // Captured #withGalaxy Note8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // Cleopatra (looking at camera) strides down Fulton Street in a black and white coat with her two children in search of some cakes to top off their lunch. As she walked, she examined each eatery carefully, poking her head in to check out the confectionaries. I caught up with her taking a break on a small Brooklyn stoop. “Oh my god, I love Brooklyn. She is my heart I love her. She is my community. I get to see my own people owning businesses in my neighbourhood. She has so many stories. I have seen the neighbourhood change so much. Some good, some not so good. I moved away to Atlanta but I had to come back, she is still my first love.”

Bedstuy Brooklyn

Photo: @andy_mann // Famed oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, was once asked what species of shark he found to be most dangerous. He responded by saying that the oceanic whitetip is the “most dangerous of all sharks” noting the occurrence of attacks on shipwreck survivors. Yet, in the five years I’ve spent with this species with hundreds of hours in the water with them, I’ve only experienced beautiful and calm interactions. If we could only show them as much respect and grace in return. Between environmental pressures, shark finning and a slow reproductive rate, oceanic whitetip sharks are in serious threat of becoming extinct. They are highly valued for their meat and skin hides as well and are very susceptible to long line fleets. It is important that we learn as much as we can about these amazing predators and help change the way the world thinks about and views sharks. Follow me @andy_mann @sea_legacy as we journey around the world to capture and interact with the oceans greatest predators.

The Bahamas

Photo by @newshatavakolian
Spring is almost here! Tuesday officially marks the start of the new season. For Iranians, Afghans, Kurds and Tajiks the first day of spring is also the beginning of their new year, called 'Nowruz'. In Iran people prepare for the New Year by doing 'khane-tekani', which literally means 'shaking the house', a spring cleaning. Here, near the royal graves at Naqsh-e Rustam, professional textile cleaners wash carpets and leave them to dry in the sun. #happynowruz #Iran #spring