Mongabay in the news, January 2018
Feb19

Mongabay in the news, January 2018

Among the most popular of our features that were referenced and republished elsewhere in the news media during January 2018 was the huge story Mongabay broke concerning a policy shift away from the building of mega-dams in the Amazon — such as here at Business Insider — these dam proposals have energized resistance among indigenous groups, NGOs, activists, and residents of the affected regions, so the change in direction by Brazil was a major announcement. Also of note in January was coverage of Mongabay’s opening of a new bureau in India, and a Mongabay report from a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh which was republished by numerous outlets including Pacific Standard: refugees in the camp are forced to strip the surrounding forests for building materials and cooking fuel, putting the camp at risk for mudslides when the rains return. Here’s a selection of where Mongabay features appeared in January 2018: AFK Insider, Asia Sentinel, Asian Correspondent, BBC Indonesia, Brazzil.com, Business Insider, Catch News, Curacao Chronicle, Daily Maverick, Die Tageszeitung, The Diplomat, EFE, El Deber, El Espectador, El Nacional, Eco-Business, Ecowatch, Hawaii Public Radio, India Blooms News Service, IntellAsia, Gizmodo Brasil, International Business Times, International News Lens, Jakarta Post, L’Express, La Mula, La Red 21, Lado B, Malaysian Insight, Metro News Russia, The New Arab, New York Daily News, Noticias Venezuela, Pacific Standard, Pulitzer Center, RPP Noticias, Science Alert, Scroll, The Star, United Press International, and The Wire. Mongabay publishes on a creative commons basis and encourages other outlets to republish its features in their own publications. Learn more about how to do this here. Banner image: A wild orchid in the Ebano Verde Scientific Reserve in the Dominican Republic, by Rhett Butler for...

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Mongabay welcomes new board member, Jeanne Sedgwick
Feb16

Mongabay welcomes new board member, Jeanne Sedgwick

Mongabay is pleased to announce its newest board member, Jeanne Sedgwick. Jeanne brings deep and varied experience in the conservation field, and is currently vice chair of the Resources Legacy Fund, a Sacramento-based conservation organization and environmental philanthropy platform. “We’re very excited to have Jeanne join the board,” said Mongabay founder and CEO Rhett Butler. “Jeanne brings passion, strategic thinking, and an extensive network of contacts in the conservation world that will help accelerate Mongabay’s growth and impact.” Jeanne grew up in New York, where her connection to nature was sparked by spending many hours exploring the estuaries that feed Long Island Sound — from a tender age, she was captivated by seeing baby sharks, rays, horseshoe crabs, and all the rich bird life. She later studied at Stanford University and has lived in northern California ever since. Her interest in working on behalf of the natural world was catalyzed by a trip she took to Borneo with her husband in the early 1980s. The couple spent a week upriver trying to get back to an area where he had found interesting invertebrates on a prior trip, but when they finally arrived, they discovered that loggers for a foreign company had cut nearly every tree in the watershed, silting the river up and devastating wildlife that the Iban people depended on for their livelihood. The idea that a place this rich and remote could be so utterly ruined for short term profit set her on a trajectory to help change this narrative. As Director of the Conservation Program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California, she oversaw the program’s growth from an annual grants budget of $500,000 in 1989 to over $100 million annually. She also has brought her passion to the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, for which she acted as chair, and also became a trustee for WildAid, a San Francisco-based organization working internationally to reduce demand for wildlife products. “It’s an honor to be part of such a high-quality, high-integrity news organization like Mongabay,” Jeanne said after officially joining its board. She is also vice chair of the Stanford Habitat Conservation Board, which oversees implementation of habitat plans that protect endangered species on Stanford University lands, and is a member of the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve Coordinating Council for the university. She lives in Woodside, CA, with her husband, where they’ve been enjoying the recent arrival of 40 great blue herons, who are busily setting up a rookery adjacent to their home. Banner image of a great blue heron courtesy of Rick McMeechan, US National Park...

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Board member Holt Thrasher to receive Environmental Leadership Award
Feb13

Board member Holt Thrasher to receive Environmental Leadership Award

  Mongabay board member Holt Thrasher is set to receive the 2018 Environmental Leadership Award from Audubon Connecticut, which he was a founding member of in 2001. Holt is an active conservationist with deep leadership in the sector, and also has decades of experience in investment banking, IT, and consulting. From the release: “Holt Thrasher will receive Audubon Connecticut’s Environmental Leadership Award. Holt has been an active conservationist and nature enthusiast for more than 25 years. He is Chairman Emeritus of the National Audubon Society. In 2001, he was a founding member and Chair of the Board of Audubon Connecticut. He joined Audubon’s National Board five years later and was named Chair in 2008. His leadership played a critical role in advancing Audubon’s legislative, educational, and conservation operations; guiding it to re-establish its science-based mission to conserve birds and their habitats; and strengthening Audubon’s place as one of the nation’s foremost environmental organizations. He currently serves as Trustee and Treasurer of the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation and is a Director of Mongabay, an environmental media organization.”...

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Mongabay in the news, December 2017
Jan24

Mongabay in the news, December 2017

Mongabay’s reporting was quoted, discussed, and republished widely by other media outlets in December 2017, including our reporter being interviewed by National Public Radio’s “The Takeaway” in the U.S. for his feature about the country losing climate scientists to other countries, due to Donald Trump’s anti-science policies. The first part of our collaborative investigative series with the Gecko Project of the palm oil industry in Indonesia (“The palm oil fiefdom”) enjoyed further republication in peer outlets, including here in the ASEAN Post. Here’s a selection of where our work appeared in December, from Gizmodo to The Guardian and Sydney Morning Herald: ASEAN Post, The Age, Alternet, Asian Correspondent, Bangkok Post, Catch News, City Paper Bogota, El Diario Nacional, The Dodo, Down to Earth, Eco-Business, Ecowatch, El Espectador, Gizmodo Japan, Gizmodo Brasil, The Guardian, International News Lens, Iran Daily, Jornal do Brasil , Latin America Bureau, Metro Ecuador, La Mula, Publimetro, RPP Noticias, Saigoneer, Science, Scroll, La Semana, Sputnik-Brasil, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Takeaway. Mongabay publishes on a creative commons basis and encourages other outlets to republish its features in their own publications. Learn more about this here. Banner image of a wreathed hornbill courtesy of the Atlanta Zoo.      ...

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Mongabay Latam now hiring for an Editor
Jan22

Mongabay Latam now hiring for an Editor

Mongabay Latam is hiring for a contributing editor in Peru or Colombia. The editor will commission, edit and publish Spanish-language environmental journalism articles on topics related to environment and conservation. Must be a native speaker of Spanish and have 6 years of experience in writing and editing + 1 in environmental issues. Knowledge of WordPress and HTML appreciated. Click here for a full detailed job description and how to apply (in Spanish). Deadline 5...

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Mongabay-India is hiring for three new positions
Dec28

Mongabay-India is hiring for three new positions

Mongabay-India is a conservation and environment news and features service that aims to bring high quality, original reports from nature’s frontline in India. As the India-specific portal of the global news platform mongabay.com, this website follows the format of Mongabay’s dedicated Indonesia and Latin America news outlets. Mongabay-India is hiring for three new positions including a Staff Writer, Content Coordinator, and a Digital Content Editor. To learn more about the opportunity, position requirements, and how to apply, please visit our opportunities page under jobs for a full detailed job...

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