Mongabay in the news, August 2020
Sep22

Mongabay in the news, August 2020

Mongabay’s reporting was cited by outlets ranging from The Guardian to Business Insider, The Week and NASA’s Earth Observatory blog in the past month. Several media outlets chose to republish entire Mongabay features in August, too, like The Huffington Post, The News Minute, and Inter Press News Service. We encourage fellow media outlets to republish Mongabay features in their own publications, one can review our policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of places where the Mongabay team’s work appeared during August 2020: Al Jazeera, Asia Pacific Report, Bloomberg News, Business Insider, The Canary, Counterpunch, Eco-Business, EcoWatch, El Comercio, GreenBiz, The Guardian, Gulf Today, Huffington Post, IPP Media, In These Times, Independent Catholic News, Inter Press News Service, LiveScience, MPA News, MSN News, Minda News, NASA Earth Observatory, National Public Radio, New Security Beat, News Ghana, The News Minute, PLOS Collections, Palawan News, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Radio Free Asia, Seafood Source, Science, Scroll, Snopes.com, La Stampa, El Tiempo, UOL News, El Universo, The Weather Channel, The Week, The Wire, and Yahoo Finance. Image of a fringe leaf frog by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Mongabay staffer wins prestigious filmmaking fellowship
Sep15

Mongabay staffer wins prestigious filmmaking fellowship

Mongabay’s Romina Castagnino has been awarded a Jackson Wild Media Fellowship. She is the host of our popular YouTube video series that shares footage of wildlife, Candid Animal Cam, and is also a filmmaker in her own right. A Peruvian conservation biologist and wildlife photographer based in Australia, Romi is also a bilingual writer for Mongabay. For her master’s degree, she conducted research in the Amazon Rainforest and tropical montane cloud forests of Peru using camera traps to study carnivore conservation, and driven by her passion for wildlife ecology, she founded Neofelis Films, a video production company focused on science communication, natural history and conservation documentaries. Learn more at her website. Romi wants to use filmmaking to raise awareness of pressing issues like the illegal wildlife trade, so the fellowship is a fine fit: “I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s Jackson Wild Media Lab!” she says. “It comes at the right moment for me because I’m starting to develop myself as a science communicator with a special focus on natural history and conservation documentaries. Learning from conservation media leaders and award-winning filmmakers will be a huge inspiration and help me grow in the craft of science communication.” The fellowships are offered by Jackson Wild, in collaboration with Day’s Edge Productions and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and all the fellows will gather virtually from September 21-25, just prior to the 2020 Jackson Wild Summit. After the fellowship, Romi is eager to apply what she learns: “I look forward to contributing at Mongabay in bigger video productions to raise awareness and tackle pressing issues like poaching and the illegal wildlife trade,” she explains. Watch episodes of Candid Animal Cam here to experience Romi’s expert hosting of this popular and educational wildlife video series, which is also great for kids, teachers and virtual classrooms. Here’s the most recent episode: Find and follow Romi on Instagram here to get updates about her filmmaking projects. Thanks to Jackson Wild from Mongabay for giving Romi this excellent opportunity. Banner image: Romi framing up a shot in Lamington National Park in southeastern Queensland, Australia, which is known for containing a section of the ancient Gondwana Rainforest. Image courtesy of Tom...

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Mongabay in the news, July 2020
Aug26

Mongabay in the news, July 2020

Mongabay’s reporting appears regularly beyond the bounds of the main website and multiple language subdomains when other outlets cite it in part, or republish it whole, via our Creative Commons license. Our editors, sources and writers are also interviewed regularly about their work, such as when the syndicated radio program Sea Change Radio spoke with a subject of a recent report at Mongabay.com. Several media outlets chose to republish our features in July, ranging from the top sustainable agriculture site Civil Eats which republished the report about how Wall Street is starting to fund sustainable and climate-positive agroforestry initiatives, to The International News Lens which reposted our coverage of China’s fishing fleet’s abuse of Indonesian workers, and Earth Island Journal which published our op-ed that rebuts the recent media coverage suggesting that coconut products are more damaging to biodiversity than oil palm plantations. We encourage fellow media outlets to republish our features in their own publications, too, one can review our policy and guidelines here. Some noteworthy recent Mongabay citations in other parts of the media include in a Vice News report about a newly-discovered species of crustacean that can grow up to a foot long, a story in Smithsonian about how the homes of rich Americans are responsible for nearly 25% more greenhouse gas emissions than those of poorer people, a note in USA Today about our climate change coverage, and a shout-out in the Guardian about our coverage of the cancer-fighting properties of a tropical sponge. Here’s a selection of places where the Mongabay team’s work appeared during July 2020: ASEAN Today, The Canary, Civil Eats, Daily Mail, The Daily Sabah, Earth Island Journal, Eco-Business, Ecowatch, The Guardian, Inhabitat, International News Lens, The Irish Sun, Lanka Web, Mirror Now, Philippine Canadian Inquirer, Scroll, Sea Change Radio, Smithsonian, USA Today, and VICE. Banner image: sunset in the Peruvian Amazon by Rhett Butler for...

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Mongabay team wins top environmental journalism prizes
Aug10

Mongabay team wins top environmental journalism prizes

A Mongabay writer and a Mongabay editor each recently took the top two awards in the Outstanding Explanatory Reporting category in the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) 19th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment. Jeremy Hance won second place for his series “The Great Insect Dying” which chronicles the global decline of insects in extraordinary detail, laying out why and where these invertebrates are disappearing, and most importantly, how many we have lost: “Unlike previous reporting on this topic, Hance pays particular attention to the understudied insect populations of diverse tropical rainforests,” the jury wrote. “This approach greatly elevates his storytelling. The jury wishes to commend Hance for this exemplary piece of explanatory journalism.” Edging out Jeremy’s work for the top spot in this category was Mongabay’s own Karla Mendes, our Contributing Editor in Brazil. Karla won for a project with Max Baring published by Thomson Reuters Foundation just prior to joining our team, which consists of a written report (“Fears over rising violence in Amazon as ‘forest guardians’ battle logging“) and a documentary film (“Guardians of the Forest“). “A stupendous piece of vital frontline environmental war reporting on accelerating Amazon rainforest destruction,” is how the SEJ judges described Karla and Max’s work, that serves to “illuminate the way Guajajara Indians resist illegal loggers stealing trees and leveling jungle on indigenous reserves.” Karla has since reported on the Guajajara’s ongoing battle with loggers, and the tragic losses of some members of the community to resultant gun violence, for Mongabay. In 2019, the Mongabay team won recognition from SEJ in the in-depth reporting category for “Ghosts in the machine,” which is part of the Indonesia for Sale series. “A huge congratulations to Karla and Jeremy for this important recognition of their excellent work,” said Mongabay founder Rhett A. Butler. “It’s an honor to have both of them on the Mongabay team.” Banner image: A tiny sampling of tropical beetle diversity displayed at the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, Germany. Image by H. Zell/CC...

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Mongabay founder set to receive award on August 15
Aug03

Mongabay founder set to receive award on August 15

Mongabay’s founder and CEO Rhett A. Butler will be honored with a new award on August 15th, and Mongabay.com readers and friends are invited to join the festivities virtually. The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. will honor Butler and four others during their 7th Annual Pongo Environmental Awards. “It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award on behalf of the whole Mongabay team,” Butler said. “Thank you to the Orang Utan Republik Foundation for recognizing the effort Mongabay undertakes to deliver news and inspiration from nature’s frontline.” Previously the winner of accolades such as the Parker Gentry Award for his work growing Mongabay.com from a personal project into a team of 50+ staffers reporting environmental news for an average of six million monthly readers (nowadays published by five bureaus around the world: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the U.S.), Butler wishes to congratulate his fellow award winners: “I also extend congratulations to the other winners for their inspiring work: Jamartin Sihite and Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation; Farwiza Farhan and HAkA; and Paul Redman of “If Not Us Then Who?” It is humbling to be honored with such an accomplished group of people,” Butler said. Also being honored is Guardians of Life, a short film starring Joaquin Phoenix which was written, produced, and directed by Shaun Monson. This year’s gala will be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds raised will support OURF’s field education programs to reduce conflict between villagers and wildlife, while improving the peoples’ livelihoods, the organization’s press release noted. The gala event will be live-streamed from 6-8 pm (Pacific) on August 15, and will also feature surprise celebrity appearances, live updates from Indonesia, music, and an online silent auction featuring unique gift items. Registration for the event is free, here, and Mongabay readers and friends are invited to register and join the festivities. Previous Pongo Award recipients have included Mongabay Advisor Dr. Jane Goodall and an array of other celebrities, activists, and funders of global conservation...

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