Mongabay investigation makes “Best Nonprofit Journalism of 2017” list
Dec26

Mongabay investigation makes “Best Nonprofit Journalism of 2017” list

Congratulations to the reporting team of Sue Branford, Maurício Torres, and Thais Borges: the third feature in their multi-part investigation from the Tapajós River Basin in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon carried out in cooperation with The Intercept-Brasil was selected by the Institute for Nonprofit News for their ‘Best Nonprofit Journalism of 2017‘ list. The feature, “Day of Terror,” revealed how a raid by federal police on an indigenous Munduruku village resulted in one death and multiple injuries, and prompted a prosecutor to open a new investigation and recommend the award of $2.9 million (US) in compensation to the village. Read the feature and watch the harrowing video here. Banner image: Adenilson Krixi Mundurku’s family watches in solemn grief as Mongabay journalists are told how he was killed by Brazil’s Federal Police. Photo by Thais...

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Mongabay in the news, November 2017
Dec13

Mongabay in the news, November 2017

At Mongabay, we’re usually the ones interviewing other people about the environmental news of the day, but sometimes the microphone gets turned around, such as in November 2017, when members of the team appeared on Al Jazeera, National Public Radio, WUNC, Radio Ecoshock, and Heritage Radio Network to discuss our work. Otherwise, our original reports were republished or referenced widely as usual by other media outlets ranging from The Guardian to The Weather Channel and the New York Times, the latter of which relied in part on a recent Mongabay feature about the rise of ‘great ape circuses’ in Asia in a November 4 cover story. Here’s a selection of outlets where Mongabay turned up in the news last month: AFK Insider, Al Jazeera, Almanac News, Alternet, Animal Politico, Asia Sentinel, Asian Correspondent, China Dialogue, Courrier International, Digital Journal,The Dodo, Eco-Business, Ecowatch, El Espectador, The Guardian, Heritage Radio Network, The Independent, Kumparan News, La Mula, National Geographic Indonesia, National Public Radio, Netral News, Nieman Lab, Nusantara News, Pacific Standard, RPP Noticias, Radio Ecoshock, Scroll, La Semana, WUNC/The State of Things, Truthdig, The Weather Channel, Weather Underground, and The Wire.   Image: Young three-toed sloth hugging a stuffed panda in a Trio indigenous community in...

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Mongabay welcomes new board member, Holt Thrasher
Dec07

Mongabay welcomes new board member, Holt Thrasher

Mongabay is pleased to announce its newest board member, Holt Thrasher. Holt is an active conservationist and brings deep leadership in that sector as well as decades of experience in investment banking, IT, and consulting. “Holt’s unparalleled experience at the intersection of conservation, finance, and technology brings an invaluable perspective as we continue to scale Mongabay’s platform,” said board chair Brodie Ferguson. “We’re excited that Holt will join us as we enter this exciting new stage of growth.” Echoing board chair Ferguson,  Mongabay founder and CEO Rhett Butler said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Holt to the Mongabay board. His passion for nature, deep knowledge of conservation issues and trends in technology, strategic thinking, and strong network will be tremendous resources for Mongabay as it continues its rapid expansion into new media markets.” Holt has been an active conservationist and nature enthusiast for more than 25 years. He currently serves as Trustee and Treasurer of the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation, supporting the 640,000 square miles of national marine sanctuaries and monuments managed by NOAA and the US Department of Interior. He is also 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. “I am very excited to be able to work with the Mongabay board and team to help increase their global activities,” said Thrasher. “Now more than ever, we need objective sources of environmental reporting.” Holt has more than 35 years’ experience in investment banking, information technology, and consulting. He currently is Founder and CEO of Synovia Capital, an investment fund focused on ecosystem management within the data analytics sector. He recently served as Group CEO of Permian Global, a Luxembourg-based investment fund focused on climate change mitigation through the effective management of large areas of tropical forest (avoiding deforestation and restoring degraded forests). Prior to Permian Global, he founded and served as Managing Partner of Mooreland Partners, an information technology sector-focused investment bank. Holt previously was a Partner at Broadview Holdings, a global merger and acquisition advisory and investment firm. He has a B.A. from Colby College and an M.B.A. from the International Institute of Management Development in Switzerland, and lives with his family in Greenwich, CT. Banner image of Yellow-rumped Warbler by Peter Pearsall of U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

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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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