Erupting volcano at night (© Vladimir Voychuk/2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

Enjoy these 15 stunning nature pictures

Check out some of the amazing nature photos submitted by photographers for National Geographic's 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest.
Man walking with bag of dates (Alaa Badarneh for USAID)

With water projects in West Bank and Gaza, U.S. cultivates hope

The U.S. is connecting Palestinians to water treatment systems that keep people safe and promote jobs. The possibility for peace is growing in the process.
Snow leopard with triplets (© Animal Press/Barcroft Images/Getty Images)

October 23 is International Snow Leopard Day

On October 23, International Snow Leopard Day we celebrate the endangered mountain feline, whose health reflects the health of important ecosystems.
Spanish-style buildings facing basketball court (Guardtop LLC)

U.S. is on the road to solving an urban environmental problem

Los Angeles and other U.S. cities are covering their asphalt roads with a coating that prevents the blacktop from absorbing and radiating the sun's heat.
Five great green macaws (© AP Images)

Saving wild animals at Zoohackathon

Endangered animals may get some protection thanks to new apps developed at the second annual Zoohackathon, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
Natural gas tanks (Shutterstock)

U.S. is net exporter of natural gas, thanks to innovation

Extracting formerly unrecoverable natural gas and transporting it in new ways is changing energy markets and offering greater security around the world.
Young woman with face mask on beach, collecting trash in plastic bag (Shutterstock)

The ocean needs your help — and your phone — this...

Since 1985, millions of people have removed a supertanker's weight of plastic trash from beaches as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.
Clouds floating in the sky above a wide expanse of prairie land (Dennis Lingohr/APR)

A new kind of park emerges on the prairie

American Prairie Reserve, a public-private partnership, is bringing back buffalo, birds and big, open sky to the Montana prairie.
Overhead view of city with blue-lighted walkways (© MVRDV/Ossip van Duivenbode)

Old highways and rail lines become gardens and walkways

Seoul, Sydney and Jerusalem are among cities that took a cue from New York and repurposed their old highways and railways into parks and trails.