Another of my favorite moments. Such a cool shot, @ianvaso
・・・ #tbt with @pattersonimages doing some next level drone flying in Antarctica It was one of our last days on the expedition and we were headed back up the Antarctic Peninsula. There were huge icebergs of all shapes and sizes floating in the ocean. @paulnicklen having an eye for all things awesome, noticed this crazy ice-arch-berg in the distance and told our ship’s captain to head for it. Once we came up along side the iceberg, everyone had the same thought... “Let’s fly a drone through it!”
From the “that was then” files: Me, introducing U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and the foreign ministers of France and Norway during the Paris climate talks in 2015. As climate leaders meet in Bonn this week, it’s no secret that the U.S. has, for the moment, isolated itself by stepping away from the Paris agreement. But it’s equally important to note that we still have delegates at the table, most notably from cities and states. Last week, the White House made no effort to suppress a massive report that pinned the blame for rising temperatures squarely on humans. Can we get where we need to be fast enough to avoid the worst? Not easily, but yes. Will we? Well, that depends on all of us. So let’s get cracking. Taken while #onassignment for @natgeo .
The two freshly minted 9 year olds and their birthday gift: theater tickets. @Aladdin was terrific. The lights. The colors. The sets. The magic carpet. The humor. That genie. Just spectacular. Even better was the gape-mouthed wonder from these two, and the whisper from my daughter at intermission: “This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.” #theaterkid#broadway#onejumpaheadofthebreadline
Wow. What you get when a fantastic @natgeo team works together. Last time I saw them, they were surrounded by icebergs. Look what they’re up to now. #Repost@andy_mann
Thanks @cristinamittermeier for capturing this beautiful image of me working with the crocodiles down in Cuba. Unforgettable day! It was an honor to work with @sea_legacy over the last few weeks in Gardens of the Queen. I learned so much from @paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@samkretch & @captik_iank. Proud to be on such an amazing team of storytellers. // Repost @sea_legacy ・・・
Photo: @cristinamittermeier, with @andy_mann / Supported by a bed of eelgrass, the very existence of which is a testimony to a healthy ecosystem, our first encounter in Jardines de la Reina -Gardens of the Queen, Cuba, was with this mighty crocodile. The crocs are abundant here, sheltering themselves in clusters of thriving mangroves.
Steeped in history that has both polarized and unified people all over the world, Cuba’s dedication to using science as a guiding principle in policy making is a shining example of conservation in action; one that other places in the world can learn and benefit from.
The Cuban government established a 367-square-mile marine preserve here in 1996, tightly restricting tourism and banning all fishing except for lobster, a crucial element in Cuba's economy.
Our visit comes less than a month after Hurricane Irma struck the Camaguey Archipelago as a category 5. While the Gardens of the Queen is unaffected by Irma’s wrath, Cuba’s marine science and conservation community was not. Jardines del Rey, or the Gardens of the King, was hit hard and two of Cuba’s most important marine research stations suffered extensive damage. With relations between the US and Cuba stabilizing and a potential tourism and development boom on the horizon, rebuilding is perhaps more crucial now than ever before. Cuba needs to maintain its 20-year history of exemplary marine conservation.
The precise moment - captured on a screen with my phone from the journalists’ den at the Paris climate talks in 2015 - when 195 world leaders announced they had reached a global accord to stem the rise of greenhouse gases. As nations prepare to gather in Germany next month, with the U.S. representing a decidedly different position this time, it’s valuable to remember how hard it was to get here.
1. From left, French climate ambassador Laurence Tubiana, who led what @natgeo writer Rob Kunzig called “the greatest cat-herding project in history;” Christiana Figueres, #UNFCCC secretary; and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius got China, India, and the U.S. to commit to trying to keep temperature rise below 1.5 degrees - after 20 years of trying and failing. The agreement is voluntary, but sent a clear signal to energy markets and investors that the world was turning away from #fossilfuels. And, it still is. It remains to be seen whether we can make the transition fast enough to avoid the starkest consequences, but the shift to renewable energy is happening, no matter what the new U.S. administration claims. The question is, when our diplomats get behind closed doors in Bonn next month, do they simply step aside, or work to undermine this progress? We’ll see.
I've covered a lot of #wildfire as a journalist. But I've never experienced anything as hot and fast and deadly and terrifying as the fires folks are dealing with in California, and I can't stop thinking about how rough it has been for so many people. It's horrifying and sad and frightening and so frustrating - 34 dead, 5,700 structures gone, and countless lives upended. In a year when smoke followed us across the West, from Fernie, B.C., to southern Idaho, to Bend, Oregon, and even Seattle, it's hard not to wonder what comes next. Forests are dry and heat records are being broken year after year. This 2012 shot by @bookerthompson of @bettinahansen and I came moments after a wind-whipped section of flames shot through high dry grass and raced uphill during that year's Horse Canyon fire. It was a small moment, just close enough to be unnerving, but a reminder that things can quickly get out of hand. Please, everyone, be careful out there. Wildfire, now more than ever, is no joke.
Wisdom from my pal @paulnicklen. Read and then go and do likewise. Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving.
It’s Canadian thanksgiving today. I want to say thank you to everyone who keeps pushing towards the light. Life can be challenging, so it’s important to stay positive, be empathetic, love each other, and be patient. When you watch the news, this world seems to be falling apart. I would urge you to turn off your TV—especially today—and instead look to your neighbours, your family, friends, co-workers. These are the real people and the real world, and they are all trying their best to be better. Let’s move towards the light together, and let’s be the best version of ourselves that we can be. Happy thanksgiving, everyone. Spread some love today.
Terrific capture by my friend and @natgeo colleague. And she's right: The sea is, well, awash in tantalizing mysteries. (See below.) Perfect image to close out the week. #oceanwonders
There are many theories around why whales smack the surface of the water with their powerful tail-fins. While Orcas are known to tail-slap, it’s not common for it to last very long. This humpback, however, in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, continued for over an hour. Is he communicating? Is it a feeding technique? Maybe he’s stretching …
Why whales do this remains one of the many, many mysteries of the sea that still remains and symbolizes how little we actually know about the oceans, even though they cover more than 70% of our planet. #TurningTheTide with SeaLegacy| #humpbackwhales | #greatbearrainforest | #beautifulbc | #adventureworld | #beautifuldestinations
A dozing #leopardseal listens as researcher Ari Friedlaender charts a course to track a nearby #whale. We were on our third week in #Antarctica and had been on this small rubber skiff for six hours trying to find #minke and #humpback whales. My fingers and nose were frozen and my back ached, but the Oregon State University scientist was still going strong. I'm regularly awed by #scientists in the field, where conditions are often harsh. In this case, travel is so difficult and expensive that Friedlaender regularly hitches rides on cruise ships where his OFF hours are spent giving free lectures to tourists in exchange for precious use of the vacationliner's rubber zodiac rafts. On this day, @andy_mann and I tagged along as Friedlaender took blood samples and put video cameras on whales to see what life is like as the cetaceans dive below the ice and plow through nutritious swarms of fatty krill. "What can I say?" he told me. "I love my job." Shot #onassignment for @natgeo@natgeopristineseas w/ @pattersonimages@paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@ladzinski@ignacioferrando360@rodolfowerner@ianvaso@sea_legacy#tbt
Killer @caitlinjmoran view of spawning salmon from one of the Pacific Northwest's most isolated stretches of freshwater. Very cool. Just terrific, in fact. #Repost@caitlinjmoran
Salmon spawning season in Stehekin