Photo by Luca Locatelli @lucalocatelliphoto | Visitors can peer over Dubai from an observation deck at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper at 2,717 feet (828 meters). Dubai aims for superlatives: it's now racing to become one of the planet’s most sustainable cities. The emirate will showcase its efforts as host of Expo 2020, also known as the world’s fair, a six-month exhibition with sustainability as one of its themes. A decade ago Dubai had one of the largest ecological footprints of any city in the world. By 2050 it wants to have the smallest. Can it get there? My work revolves around the making of the future, how our society transitions through new ways of living, and how technology is changing our approach to the environment and to our cities. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about the Dubai story I covered for @natgeo #Dubai #environment #skyline #architecture #city
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I High in the Afghan Pamir mountains, two Kyrgyz girls walk up a frozen spring to fetch water and bring it back to their camp below. Behind the distant ridge lie Pakistan and China. This region is also called the Pamir knot, referring to the convergence of some of the world’s major mountain ranges, including the Tian Shan, Karakorum, Kunlun, Hindukush, and Pamir systems. For more of our natural world, please visit @paleyphoto #mountainworld #pamir #afghanistan #mountainculture
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Baligou, meaning eight-mile valley, is part of the Taihang Mountain Scenic Area in Henan. It's sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon of China—and easy to see the resemblance. #Taihang #TaihangMountains #canyons #Henan
Photo by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | The walrus disappears from the surface and, for a short time, the chaos of the hunt subsides. During this moment of quiet, the Chukchi hunters scan the water for some sign of the animal’s whereabouts. At midday, the light is bright and muted at once, making it difficult to discern where the water ends and the sky begins. Even when it’s calm, the water is daunting. It is dark and deep and cold—filled with both risk and potential. I think about falling in. But it is the key stabilizing element in this remote part of the world, offering sustenance and entertainment and beauty. It seems especially serene in this moment, floating calmly, as the hunters prepare to enact the age old saga of living and dying.