Mongabay aims to raise awareness about social and environmental issues related to forests and other ecosystems. Mongabay.com is the world’s most popular site for rainforest information and a well-known source of environmental news reporting and analysis as well as environmental education materials.
Mongabay’s sites draw more than 2.5 million visitors a month.
TripAdvisor bans ticket sales to wild animal attractions
(October 21, 2016, 12:45 pm) Travel website TripAdvisor announced last week that it will no longer sell tickets to tourism experiences that allow physical contact with captive, wild animals or endangered species, such as elephant rides, petting tigers, and swim-with-dolphin attractions.
Failed economic development plans drive deforestation in Andean Amazon
(October 20, 2016, 1:38 pm) Researchers have discovered a close statistical correlation between coca-growing operations and government infrastructure and other projects in the Andean Amazon, leading them to conclude that coca cultivation, like deforestation itself, is actually the result of economic development projects begun in the 1960s to open the Amazon frontier that failed to deliver the promised benefits for local communities.
Study finds Brazil isn’t counting all deforestation in official estimates
(October 19, 2016, 5:38 pm) Brazil drew widespread praise for drastically lowering Amazon deforestation over the past decade and half. But as forest destruction in the country is on the rise once again, new research finds that Brazil’s official estimates are missing large swaths of deforestation.
World Bank money is helping to finance Asia’s coal boom: report
(October 19, 2016, 12:32 pm) Should the World Bank Group be held accountable when financial institutions it supports invest in projects that threaten forests and communities? After tracing the Group’s links to controversial projects like the Rampal coal power station, the activists behind a new report say, “Yes.”
A plan to save the Mekong Delta
(October 18, 2016, 12:33 pm) Rising seas and upstream dams are threatening to hammer the fertile region. Can Vietnam act in time to stave off disaster?