Mongabay in the news, October 2017
Nov20

Mongabay in the news, October 2017

The original reporting we do is re-reported and republished widely by a variety of media outlets, and in numerous languages. From a pre-Halloween Popular Science feature on ‘freaky’ animals, to a serial republishing of our sweeping “Indonesia for Sale” palm oil investigation at Asia Sentinel, and a Guardian article on hydro projects in Brazil which quotes one of the writers of our long-running series on the issue, and which links to a report of ours on the topic. Here’s a selection of places like these where our work appeared during October 2017: Africa Insider, Alternet, Asia Sentinel, Axios, Birdwatching  Magazine, Catch News, China Dialogue, Common Dreams, Digital Journal, The Dodo, El Espectador, Ecowatch, Ecobusiness, Environmental Health News, Food Tank, Frontier Myanmar, Guardian, Heritage Radio Network, La Mula, Ladobe, Mekong Eye, NODAL, Popular Science, Publimetro, RPP Noticias, Spektrum, and The Telegraph. Photo of common terns at the research station on Great Gull Island by Erik...

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Mongabay’s origin story covered in Silicon Valley newspaper
Nov11

Mongabay’s origin story covered in Silicon Valley newspaper

The Country Almanac, the weekly paper that services the Silicon Valley communities of Atherton, Menlo Park, and Woodside, did a cover story this week on Mongabay founder Rhett A. Butler, who grew up in the area. The article, titled Informing the World: How a curious kid from Atherton started and grew a global environmental news site and written by Barbara Wood, talks about the experiences that inspired Butler to found the web site as a 21-year-old, including visits to Ecuador and Borneo. It goes on to chronicle the expansion of the web site from a one-person operation to a multi-national non-profit enterprise that publishes stories in English, Spanish, and Indonesian....

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Intern with us at Mongabay
Nov10

Intern with us at Mongabay

Get published on a leading environmental news site, improve your writing ability, and become part of a community of passionate and talented journalists by interning at Mongabay! We are now accepting applications for our Environmental Journalism Internship program for Spring of 2018. Applications are accepted until December 8, 2017 for our January – June 2018...

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Conservation Effectiveness Live! – Mongabay event in Palo Alto Nov 13
Nov06

Conservation Effectiveness Live! – Mongabay event in Palo Alto Nov 13

Two months ago Mongabay launched “Conservation Effectiveness”, a multi-part series investigating the effectiveness of some of the most popular strategies and interventions to conserve ecosystems and wildlife around the world. The series is the result of a collaboration between Mongabay staff reporters Shreya Dasgupta and Mike Gaworecki, and a team of conservation scientists led by tropical forest ecologist Zuzana Burivalova of Princeton University. We’re pleased to announce that Dr. Burivalova will be presenting some of the findings, along with the methodology behind “Conservation Effectiveness”, at a Bay Area Tropical Forest Network event in Palo Alto on November 13: What works – and doesn’t work – in conservation? Guests will also be able to view Tony Foster’s landscape watercolors presented at The Foster gallery. Snacks and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to everyone who RSVPs. We plan to record the event for those who cannot make...

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New 9-month collaborative investigation of palm oil launches
Oct30

New 9-month collaborative investigation of palm oil launches

The first installment of Indonesia for Sale, an in-depth collaborative series with The Gecko Project on the corruption behind Indonesia’s deforestation and land rights crisis, has been published at Mongabay.com. It details how in the post-Suharto vacuum, local officials enriched themselves and their families by converting massive areas of Indonesia’s rainforests and communal farmland into private, for-profit oil palm plantations. Here’s some early acclaim from our peers in the media: “This is absolutely impressive. Investigative reporting of this scale is certainly a rare gem in Southeast Asia’s journalism scene.” – an editor at The Mekong Eye “This is literally the most incredible piece of investigative reporting on Indonesian palm oil I’ve ever read.” – investigative journalist for Harper’s and The New Yorker Read the first feature here and watch the spellbinding video trailer for the series here....

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Mongabay hosts sold out ‘tech in conservation’ event (video)
Oct27

Mongabay hosts sold out ‘tech in conservation’ event (video)

  Can technology drive conservation? “That was the question Mongabay founder Rhett Butler recently posed to a panel of three specialists on the frontlines of applying technology to conserve key species and ecosystems. On September 27, 2017, Mongabay and the Commonwealth Club of California hosted the panel, who discussed with a full-house audience in San Francisco the possibilities for advanced technology to aid conservation efforts worldwide. Butler moderated the panel, which consisted of Crystal Davis, director of Global Forest Watch, Topher White, founder and CEO of Rainforest Connection, and Virgil Zetterlind, director of Protected Seas and Chief Technology Officer for Conserve I.O. The panelists provided an overview of technology’s potential to support conservation efforts, some of the conditions that enable technology to play this role effectively, and other factors that may affect its application to conservation action.” – Sue Palminteri, writing for Mongabay’s WildTech unit Watch the full event video...

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