New reporting opportunity: Amazon Infrastructure
May03

New reporting opportunity: Amazon Infrastructure

The battle for the Amazon Plans currently call for more than 400 new hydroelectric dams on the rivers of the Amazon basin and on its headwaters tributaries — projects that would block the region’s free-flowing streams and lead to major deforestation, habitat loss and degradation, and possible ecosystem collapse. With this dam building frenzy would come accompanying infrastructure: roads, railways, industrial waterways, transmission lines, new mining operations, agribusiness expansion, logging and settlement Mongabay is looking for article pitches that detail the wide-ranging environmental impacts of hydropower development and ancillary infrastructure development in Amazonia, with a special emphasis on dam building projects in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil (Tapajós basin and elsewhere). We welcome original pitches on any Amazon Infrastructure issue. Here are some suggested topics: environmental impacts, finance and energy development, social impacts and resistance, focus on a specific dam/region, how alternative energy could do away with need for dams. Click here to read more about this opportunity and how to apply....

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New reporting opportunity – Global Environmental Impacts of U.S. Policy
May03

New reporting opportunity – Global Environmental Impacts of U.S. Policy

The mainstream media is widely reporting the most obvious planet-wide impacts of the U.S. government’s recent drastic shift away from policies protecting the environment, in favor of extraction, development and fossil fuels. But there are other policy initiatives in the pipeline, from both the Trump administration and Congress, which will likely have major international repercussions for the global environment. Over the coming months, Mongabay will utilize its international team of contributors and its reputation for insightful reporting on global environmental issues to investigate and analyze international ecosystem impacts resulting from shifting U.S. policies. Mongabay is looking for untold stories of repercussions that new U.S. policies will have on the ground outside the United States, in other nations or regions — impacts on foreign ecosystems, habitats, forests, endangered species and indigenous peoples around the globe. Click here to read more about this opportunity and how to...

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New Reporting Opportunity – Cattle and Central American Forests
Jan09

New Reporting Opportunity – Cattle and Central American Forests

Mongabay is excited to announce our new Cattle and Central American Forests Mongabay Reporting Network (MRN), which aims to inform the world about the scale, scope, and impact of cattle production on Central America’s forests and wildlife at the regional level. Pasture lands are one of the main drivers of destruction and degradation of tropical forests in Central America. They are often located on the most fertile lands in the region (volcanic and floodplain soils) which had supported lush forests. Driven by demand, the expansion has continued, and now, small-scale farmers are being displaced for further expansion of pasture land, and they in turn are increasingly clearing forests in order to regain their lost livelihoods. Articles produced under this MRN will focus on the following topics: illegal cattle production, the role of national governments, the fate of small-scale farmers, the relationship between illegal cattle ranching and narcotrafficking, the relationship between cattle ranching and deforestation, the impacts of the current situation on indigenous communities, and solutions to the problem. Click here to read more about this opportunity and how to...

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New Reporting Opportunities: Asia-Focus
Sep21

New Reporting Opportunities: Asia-Focus

Mongabay is excited to announce four new reporting opportunities within our Mongabay Reporting Network program. Articles produced under these four opportunities will be focused on Asia: Asian rhinos, Indonesian Coal, Mekong dams and Infrastructure expansion in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Asian Rhinos Asian rhinoceroses are amongst the world’s rarest and most threatened animals. Mongabay is seeking story pitches for a multi-year project on Asian rhinoceroses, including the Sumatran, Javan, and Indian one-horned rhino. Proposals for both news updates and in-depth features will be considered. Read the details here. Mekong dams Stretching more than 4,000 kilometers from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea, the Mekong is one of the world’s great river systems. Mongabay welcomes story pitches on the environmental and social impacts of dams along the Mekong and neighboring river systems. Priority countries for coverage are Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Stories from Myanmar and southern China will also be considered. Read the details here. Indonesian Coal Coal burning is a major climate threat. Indonesia’s push to build scores of coal-fired power plants could lock in coal demand for decades, while driving carbon emissions, worsening air and water pollution, and resulting in further environmental degradation including forest destruction. Expanded coal demand will also exacerbate social conflict, land-grabbing, corruption, and further concentration of wealth and power in the hands of oligarchs. Yet this coal development can still be stopped. Highlighting the dangers and risks of coal expansion among the public, policymakers, and international financiers could spur a shift toward greener and more equitable forms of energy. Read the detail here. Infrastructure expansion in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea all have economic development plans that call for increased investment in infrastructure: new roads and railroads through wilderness areas; massive land reclamation projects; hydroelectric dams; coal and natural gas-fired power plants, and more. Mongabay is seeking pitches for stories on the potential social and environmental impacts of proposed infrastructure projects in these countries. Proposals for both news bulletins and in-depth investigations are welcome. Read the details...

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New Reporting Opportunity – Great Ape Crisis
Sep19

New Reporting Opportunity – Great Ape Crisis

Mongabay is excited to announce our new Great Ape Crisis Mongabay Reporting Network (MRN), which aims to inform the world about escalating threats to the world’s great apes. Great apes are balanced on the knife-edge of extinction. Mountain gorillas, western and eastern lowland gorillas, and Sumatran and Bornean orangutans are all now listed as Critically Endangered; chimpanzees and bonobos are Endangered. The article series, to be published in the last quarter of 2016 and first quarter of 2017, will bring public attention to the issues causing this situation. Articles produced under this MRN will focus on the following topics: wildlife trade, wildlife trade solutions, survival plans, industrial agriculture, logging, energy development or human-great ape conflicts. However, Mongabay is open to hearing your great ape pitch, even if it falls outside the specific topics listed here. Click here to read more about this opportunity and how to...

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