World Events

UN, Jimmy Carter, Say Time Is Ripe to End Hunger

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 14, 2005   View Article

The time is now for the richest nations to share their cash, food, and knowledge with the hundreds of millions of people enduring extreme poverty and hunger, according a recent UN report.

“Millions of people die annually of hunger and hunger-related diseases, and many millions more suffer needlessly where famine is preventable,” Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States and 2002 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, told National Geographic News.

Cajun Chicken Races Spice Up Rural Mardi Gras

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 7, 2005   View Article

As festive parades spark a raucous blur of purple, green, and gold on the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, a different kind of Mardi Gras will blossom in the state’s rural Cajun communities.

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, the final day of the weeks-long Carnival season of feasting and celebration. For Christian revelers, it is the final blowout before Ash Wednesday and the pre-Easter penitential season of Lent.

True Axis of Evil Is Poverty, Pollution, Study Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 13, 2005   View Article

Acts of terrorism like the September 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. are a worst-case symptom of global insecurity brought about by the festering interplay among poverty, infectious disease, and environmental degradation—the true “axis of evil,” according to the Worldwatch Institute in its State of the World 2005 report.

The Washington, D.C.-based research group released its annual report Wednesday. It concludes that until these conditions—and compounding factors such as the spread of small arms—are fiercely fought, political instability, warfare, and extremism will continue to thrive.

Who Knew? U.S. Presidential Trivia

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 27, 2004   View Article

Just 11 weeks remain in the race for the White House. Thousands of Republican Party faithful will gather in New York City next week to nominate George W. Bush as their candidate for a second term as U.S. President. Last month Democrats anointed Massachusetts Senator John Kerry as their party’s choice to lead the country. Ralph Nader, meanwhile, leads the list of independent and third-party candidates who are seeking the nation’s top political job.

Getting into the campaign spirit, National Geographic News compiled the following presidential trivia:

Sky Watch: “Blue Moon” Due Early Saturday

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 30, 2004   View Article

Get ready. If you live anywhere in Europe or the Americas, the “blue moon” is coming to a sky near you Saturday. The phenomenon is mainly due to astronomical arithmetic (and a few mix-ups, but we’ll get to those later).

“It’s how the math works out,” said Philip Hiscock, a folklorist at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. Hiscock is recognized as an authority on the history and folklore surrounding the phrase “blue moon.” The phrase has come to refer to those rare occasions when a second full moon appears within a single calendar month.

Rat Catcher’s Day Eludes Pest Control Industry

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 21, 2004   View Article

Mothers, fathers, secretaries, and teachers all have a special day of the year set aside just for them. Calendars remind us of the occasions in time to send our parents cards, treat our secretaries to lunch, or bring our teachers an apple.

So what is one supposed to do tomorrow on rat catcher’s day?

Apollo Anniversary: Moon Landing “Inspired World”

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 16, 2004   View Article

On July 20, 1969, at 10:56 p.m. ET, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped off the “Eagle” onto the surface of the moon and said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Thirty-five years later, Steven Dick, NASA’s chief historian at the space agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., said that a thousand years from now, that step may be considered the crowning achievement of the 20th century.

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