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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Mongabay in the news, June 2020
Jul29

Mongabay in the news, June 2020

Our team’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. Some noteworthy recent citations include in a Washington Post op-ed  about the plight of Amazon communities during the pandemic, a note in USA Today about our deep sea mining coverage, and a quote in top Indian politics and culture magazine Caravan’s obituary for the noted scholar, activist, poet and lawyer, Abhay Xaxa. Media outlets that chose to republish our features in full via the Creative Commons during this time ranged from Pulitzer Prize-winning Inside Climate News to top Philippine news site Rappler and In These Times, among others. We encourage fellow media outlets to republish our features in their own publications, too, one can review our policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of places the Mongabay team’s work appeared during June 2020: Africa News Agency, Al Jazeera, Asia Pacific Report, Augusta Free Press, BBC Science Focus, CBS News, Caravan, Counterpunch, Eagle Daily Standard, Eco-Business, EcoWatch, FirstPost, Forbes, Fox News, Guardian, IOL, In These Times, Inside Climate News, Irish News, Live Science, MSN, Newser, Rappler, The Scottish Sun, Scroll, Smithsonian, The Sun, Treehugger, USA Today, Unearthed, Vice News, Washington Post, and The Wire. Banner image: A rock hyrax or ‘dassie’ in Namibia, image by Rhett Butler for...

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Conservation technology reporting fellow joins Mongabay
Jul07

Conservation technology reporting fellow joins Mongabay

Mongabay has selected science writer Claudia Geib to be its inaugural Sue Palminteri Wildtech Reporting Fellow. Her writing has previously appeared in National Geographic, NOVA, Hakai Magazine, Undark, Slate, and Atlas Obscura, among other publications. Named for conservation biologist and Mongabay editor Sue Palminteri, who died suddenly in 2019, the fellowship tasks Claudia with covering news that explores the fascinating, ever-growing ways that technology helps scientists and conservationists to protect threatened species and habitats, and to peer deeper than ever into nature’s inner workings. Her reports will be added to the incredibly rich legacy of conservation technology coverage that Sue built in her years with Mongabay, and which has been continually added to by our staff since her passing. “I’m honored to be selected for the Sue Palminteri Wildtech reporting fellowship, and hope to carry on the same tenacity, passion, and eye for excellent storytelling that I’m told Sue brought to all of her work,” Claudia said. “Technology has been utterly transformative in the conservation field over the past few decades, and I’m excited to both report on the incredible insights that it is providing, and take an analytical look at how tech can and does bring about real change for wildlife and their habitats.” One of her very first stories to be published soon concerns how camera traps are providing vital new knowledge about an extremely rare and threatened Amazonian canine. While not writing for Mongabay, she is likely to be found reporting on, or recreating in, her favorite environment: the ocean. Read more about Claudia’s work and background at her Mongabay staff page or on her website, www.claudiageib.com, and follow her on Twitter for publishing updates...

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Mongabay in the news, Spring 2020
Jun30

Mongabay in the news, Spring 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 team is interviewed by other media outlets, too: editor Karla Mendes was interviewed by WORT-FM in Wisconsin about how COVID-19 is affecting indigenous communities in Brazil, while staff writer Liz Kimbrough appeared on a program syndicated to 70+ U.S. radio stations about air quality during the pandemic, and gorilla conservation. Some noteworthy citations include a New York Times story about the Amazon, a Newsweek article about the plight of captive elephants in Thailand during the pandemic, a Foreign Policy feature about coronavirus in Nicaragua, this Smithsonian story about an amazing frog, a letter to the top journal Science that used two Mongabay features to back its argument for protecting Indigenous peoples in Brazil from COVID-19, and a New Yorker feature that also referred to Mongabay’s coverage of the coronavirus in Brazil. Media outlets that chose to republish our features in full via the Creative Commons during this time ranged from Quartz, Rappler, In These Times, and Environews Nigeria to The Florida Bulldog. We encourage fellow media outlets to republish our features in their own publications, too, one can review our policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of more places the Mongabay team’s work appeared during April and May: ARY News, ASEAN Post, ASEAN Today, Asia Pacific Report, Brazzil, Business Insider, CPJ Press Freedom News, The Catholic Register, China Dialogue, Christian Science Monitor, CleanTechnica, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, The Diplomat, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Dialogo Chino, EcoBusiness, The Ecologist, Ecowatch, Environews Nigeria, Eurasia Review, The Express, Florida Bulldog, Foreign Policy, Gizmodo, The Guardian, Gulf Today, Gulf News, Huffington Post, IFL Science, In These Times, The Independent, Inter Press Service, LADbible, LankaWeb, Latin Post, LiveScience, Malaysian Insight, Mashable, Mother Nature Network, NASA Earth Observatory, The New Leam, New York Times, The New Yorker, The News Minute, Newsweek,Open Democracy, Philippine-Canadian Inquirer, Popular Science, Public Affair, Pulitzer Center, Quartz, RTBC,Rappler, Science, Science Times, Scroll, Sea Change Radio, La Semana, Sierra magazine, Slate,Smithsonian magazine, La Stampa, Stuff, Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, UNILAD, UOL, UNPO News, USA Today, WORT-FM, The Wire, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Lifestyle, ZME Science, and Zimbabwe Daily. Banner image of a capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) in Brazil’s Pantanal region by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Enter to win a Margaret Atwood book & prize pack by supporting Mongabay
Jun03

Enter to win a Margaret Atwood book & prize pack by supporting Mongabay

In the final weeks of Mongabay’s Sustaining Supporter fund drive, we’re excited to invite readers to enter a giveaway of great Margaret Atwood gifts by becoming a monthly supporter. Sign up to support Mongabay’s impact-driven journalism for at least $15/month at www.mongabay.org/donate between Thursday, June 4 and World Rainforest Day (Monday, June 22) and you’ll be entered to win one of the following two prize packs: Prize Pack #1: Signed paperback copy of the award-winning classic The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood which the Emmy Award-winning TV series is based on, “A Word is Power” Margaret Atwood journal, and “A Word is Power” Margaret Atwood tote bag. Prize Pack #2: Signed hardcover copy of (the Booker Prize-winning sequel to the above) The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, “A Word is Power” Margaret Atwood socks, and “A Word is Power” Margaret Atwood T-shirt (women’s XL). Monthly giving is the most powerful form of individual support for Mongabay because it provides consistent and reliable funding to report on timely issues every day while also allowing us to plan ahead. By helping to make fact-based, independent journalism possible, you can support informed decision making, increased accountability, and greater transparency from governments, corporations, agencies, and organizations worldwide. Reaching more than six million monthly readers, Mongabay facilitates information exchange and provides a global platform for the voices of often unheard indigenous people and local communities. The winners of the giveaway will be randomly selected and notified by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, June 23 by email at the email address provided on their entry. Entry is open to legal residents of the United States 18 years old or older. Head here to begin your monthly support of Mongabay and qualify to win these fun prizes, www.mongabay.org/donate. GIVEAWAY OFFICAL RULES NO PAYMENT, PURCHASE OR DONATION IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN AND WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. SPONSOR. This giveaway (“Giveaway”) is sponsored by Mongabay.Org Corporation, P.O. Box 291, Menlo Park, CA 94026 (“Sponsor”).  Sponsor may be reached by email at [email protected] ELIGIBILITY. Open to legal residents of the United States 18 years or older. Employees, directors or officers and contractors of Sponsor and anyone involved with the Giveaway and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to enter. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law. GIVEAWAY PERIOD. The Giveaway begins on June 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time and ends on June 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time (the “Giveaway Period”). HOW TO ENTER. To be eligible for the...

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