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The River Runs Through Us

The River Runs Through Us
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-08-18


By Abbie Gascho LandisI stand, dripping, in Alabama’s Paint Rock River, and what looks like a rock in my hand is alive. She is a native freshwater mussel called a snuffbox. Her apricot-sized shell meets in a blunted edge, forming a curving triangle, which is mottled yellowish and dark brown. I have lifted her from the river’s cobbled bottom, where she blends in with the stones around her. Unlike...(Read More)

Messages on a Rock: How Our National Monuments Help Define Us

Messages on a Rock: How Our National Monuments Help Define Us
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-08-02


By Randy Schofield of Trout UnlimitedI recently floated down the Rio Grande Gorge in New Mexico—part of a trip we organized for journalists to highlight the Rio Grande Gorge National Monument north of Taos and the current administration’s efforts to review and possibly scale back places like this.We met at the Wild Rivers campsites on the rim of the gorge, a sudden deep gash in the sagebrush-dotted...(Read More)

Sushi Roulette: Is the Fish You Ordered the One You Got?

Sushi Roulette: Is the Fish You Ordered the One You Got?
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-07-01


Have plans this summer to visit your favorite sushi restaurant? You might order spicy tuna roll. Or maybe salmon or halibut.But is the fish you selected the one you got?If you’re in Los Angeles or many other cities around the globe, it’s a flip of the coin.Scientists at Loyola Marymount University, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of California, Santa Barbara...(Read More)

National Geographic Photo Ark Spotlight: The Vulnerable Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle

National Geographic Photo Ark Spotlight: The Vulnerable Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-06-04


Native to rivers and lakes in the Amazon and Orinoco river systems in South America, the yellow-spotted river turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, and is therefore assessed as Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service lists the species as Endangered wherever found,...(Read More)

Port Launay: The Last Mangroves of the Seychelles

Port Launay: The Last Mangroves of the Seychelles
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-05-11


When French settlers first arrived in the remote islands of the Seychelles, thick mangrove forests fringed the western shore of Mahe, the largest of the islands in the archipelago.Inside the green coastal forests, giant crocodiles roamed through the tangled branches, as well as many species of fish, crab and birds. The woodlands were a paradise of diversity, and beyond the mangroves, a healthy and...(Read More)

The Value of Bhutan’s Rivers

The Value of Bhutan’s Rivers
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-04-24


Childhood StoriesThis story is one I remember vividly from my childhood. I must have been about eight or nine years old then. One winter afternoon, I picked up some rocks from the side of the road and carried them in my hemchu (large pouch in Bhutanese traditional dress) as I walked across the Wangdue Bridge. From the bridge, I dropped them one by one into the river below, amused as they went “plonk”...(Read More)

Searching for Water in the World’s Biggest Refugee Crisis

Searching for Water in the World’s Biggest Refugee Crisis
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-04-08


Can Africa’s greatest river provide relief to the world’s biggest refugee crisis? I went to northern Uganda to find out, and encountered a story of desperation and perseverance that opened my eyes and broke my heart. I’ll never look at a glass of water the same way again.The source of the Nile is in Uganda, where the river crashes out of Lake Victoria and begins its long meandering...(Read More)

World Water Day: Six Trends for Optimism

World Water Day: Six Trends for Optimism
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-03-23


By Brooke Barton Senior Program Director, Water & Food Programs, CeresMore than half a billion people today lack access to clean water, and with climate change, water pollution and booming population growth, pressures on limited water supplies are ratcheting up.Tackling the water crisis can feel like an uphill battle in the United States, with one environmental roll back after another proposed...(Read More)

A Harmonious Resistance Creates Global Solidarity for Standing Rock

A Harmonious Resistance Creates Global Solidarity for Standing Rock
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-03-07


For more than a year, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been at war with natural gas’s close comrade, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), over the development of the controversial $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which has frequently been referred to as “DAPL.” (Many resistance members call it “the Black Snake.”) The approved project designs developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...(Read More)





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