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On Climate Change (and Everything Else), We're on the Side of Facts

National Geographic ‘will continue to report—factually and fairly—on how climate change is altering the Earth.’

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When Albert Lukassen was a boy in Greenland more than 50 years ago, he hunted until June on the frozen Uummannaq Fjord. Today the fjord thaws by April, when this photo was taken. The Inuit man’s story appears in National Geographic’s Climate Issue, which can be ordered at 1-800-777-2800.


This story appears in the March 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine.

In the past three years, this magazine has run 34 stories on climate change—including a special issue devoted entirely to the topic.

Our commitment is ongoing. In the April issue, to mark Earth Day, we’ll publish a guide that separates fact from fallacy on climate change and a feature story on how rising temperatures are affecting Alaska. Later this year we’ll offer looks at the Arctic, Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands, and other places at risk as the world warms. Our television channel is airing a documentary film and a three-part series on water issues.

And that doesn’t count the hundreds of climate stories we have published on nationalgeographic.com.

Covering our climate—where we keep setting records for the hottest year—is one of the most important things we can do. It’s especially crucial in an era when some people claim that there are no “facts” and basic science is loudly questioned without embarrassment.

At National Geographic we are proudly nonpartisan. But there are a few matters on which we do take sides:

• We are on the side of facts.

• We are on the side of science.

• We are on the side of the planet.

We promise that we will continue to report—factually and fairly—on how climate change is altering the Earth.

Those who deny climate change receive a lot of attention, but the vast majority of Americans acknowledge the reality of the problem. Nearly two-thirds of respondents told Gallup last year that they are worried about global warming—the highest figure since 2008.

To help keep you current on developments, we’re expanding our environmental coverage across publishing platforms. We’ll have deeply reported magazine stories, brought to life with exceptional photography, graphics, and maps. On nationalgeographic.com, you’ll find topical stories every day, as well as a climate change reference guide. And on our social media accounts, our contributors are providing compelling views of climate change from all points of the globe.

We are committed to understanding, and to helping you understand, how best to care for this planet. Perhaps philosopher Eric Hoffer put it best: “In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”

Thank you for reading National Geographic.

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