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The Special Reporting Initiatives (SRI) program enables professional journalists to do series of in-depth articles—published under an open Creative Commons license that allows for re-publishing elsewhere—on particular environmental issues. Each SRI provides the support for high-quality, detailed, and potentially investigative reporting on a subject that may be otherwise overlooked by the media. Learn more about our SRI program.

The value of the Special Reporting Initiatives program is that it enables high-quality and detailed reporting on an environmental issue that may be otherwise overlooked or underreported by the broader media. In contrast to an aggregation of case studies in a single report, a series of in-depth articles highlights each case study or story separately, boosting its prominence. SRI fellows are given the funding and support to become issue area experts, adding value to their own career and contributing to the wider conversation regarding the state of our natural world.

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On the morning of July 14, 2002 Qi Qi ate breakfast as he always did. As the world's only captive baiji – or Yangtze river dolphin – Qi Qi was something of a celebrity in China and his caretakers kept a close eye on his health. That care may explain why, after being injured by fishermen, he lived an impressive 22 years in the Freshwater Dolphin Research Center in Wuhan, China. [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Source: SPECIAL REPORTING INITIATIVES
What do the climate and orangutans have in common? They are both threatened by coal - the first by burning it, and the second by mining it. At the recent United Nations Climate Summit in New York, world leaders and multinational corporations pledged a variety of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation to avert a looming disaster caused by global warming. [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: SPECIAL REPORTING INITIATIVES
One of the largest iron ore deposits in Africa is located in a strip 47 kilometers long and three kilometers wide in the Republic of the Congo (RoC), bordering Gabon. A core section of the Guineo-Congolian Forest rises above this vast mineral deposit, and provides a home to flagship endangered species like western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, and forest elephants. [...]
Mon, Oct 06, 2014
Source: SPECIAL REPORTING INITIATIVES
Jesús Smith is sitting at his old wooden desk facing the entrance to his house. He's hunched over, shirtless, and wearing his chunky reading glasses while writing copious notes by hand — a favorite pastime. When he sees the profile of one of his students, Julio, walking past his doorway, he yells, 'Hey! I'll see you in class tomorrow!' [...]
Fri, Oct 03, 2014
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There isn't a word or phrase in the Kuna language for "carbon trading,” and much less for something as complex as REDD+. Standing for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, REDD+ is the worldwide UN-backed climate change mitigation scheme that relies on carbon trading within forest landscapes to fund forest conservation programs. And yet, since 2008, the Kuna people have been hearing lots about it and referring to it often in their private conversations. [...]
Thu, Sep 04, 2014
Source: SPECIAL REPORTING INITIATIVES
'I make six times the amount of money logging as I would working my small plot of land or even working legally in a pulp and paper or palm oil plantation.' An illegal logger explains the economic conditions in South Sumatra. Mongabay Special Reporting Fellow Robert S. Eshelman interviews an illegal logger in Indonesia on the topic of cleaning up commodity supply chains. [...]
Wed, Aug 27, 2014
Source: SPECIAL REPORTING INITIATIVES