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July 2004

We invite you to speak your mind on these hot topics and global issues plucked from the pages of National Geographic magazine. For more on the subject go to the online feature page, or read the July issue of NGM.

Cocaine Country Forum Thumbnail Cocaine Country

Farmers in the Caquetá region of Colombia turned to growing coca for cocaine when—lacking roads—they found that market crops proved too expensive to transport along rivers. Having few options, some express regret at the part they play in producing such a harmful drug. But, as they see it, their survival depends on it. With such need on the part of some suppliers and demand from users, how can the drug trade be stopped? Enter>>

Olympic National Park Forum Thumbnail Olympic National Park

Ten years ago the Clinton Administration signed into law a plan designed to cool the conflict between loggers and environmentalists and to settle lawsuits brought by the latter. While the plan has, for the most part, succeeded in protecting threatened species, it hasn't ensured anywhere near the amount of timber promised in 1994. Now the Bush Administration has moved to ease some of the rules restricting loggers by boosting logging of public land, including some with older, more commercially desirable trees. How can the needs of environmentalists and the timber industry be reconciled? Enter>>

Elephant Hunt Forum Thumbnail Elephant Hunt

Read a special message from the Editor about our story on the Barabaig of Tanzania. Then share your thoughts on our forum. Enter>>

Hip Zips Forum Thumbnail Hip Zips

Nominate your favorite zip or postal code for coverage in the pages of National Geographic. Our magazine series—ZipUSA—takes a periodic peek at special corners of the country by zip code. We like the concept so much that we're going global and extending our stories to include international postal codes as well. So describe a weird, wacky, wonderful locale of your own choosing—it just might make it into the magazine—and read postings from other folks too. Enter>>



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