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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Mongabay in the media, September and August 2017
Oct13

Mongabay in the media, September and August 2017

Our original reports are referenced and republished widely, and in multiple languages. One highlight of the past two months was the story we published about a newly rediscovered Amazonian monkey species that has not been seen alive by scientists in 80 years getting picked up by numerous outlets, from National Geographic News to Gizmodo and the Huffington Post. Likewise, Buzzfeed republished a good news style feature about an inspiring cross border effort to find and rescue one-horned rhinos swept across the Indo-Nepal border by monsoon floods. Here are those stories and a selection of other places where Mongabay’s reporting turned up during August and September 2017: AFK Insider, Africa Science News, Analitica, Asia Times, Atlas Obscura, Brazzil, Buzzfeed, El Deber, Deustche Welle, Entwicklungspolitik, Earth Island Journal, Eco-Business, Ecowatch, El Espectador, Gizmodo, The Guardian, Huffington Post, IC Indigenous News, The Intercept, International News Lens, Jakarta Globe, Lado B, Latin America Bureau, Mental Floss, Mother Nature Network, National Geographic News, National Geographic Voices, New Security Beat, News Deeply, Pacific Standard, Publimetro, RPP Noticias, SciDev, Scroll, La Semana, Slate, Smithsonian, Telesur TV, Time, Truthout, The Wire, Yahoo News, Yale Environment 360, The Zimbabwean, and ZME Science. Photo by Rhett Butler for...

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Mongabay in the news, July 2017
Aug24

Mongabay in the news, July 2017

Mongabay’s original reports are referenced and republished widely, and in multiple languages. One highlight of the past month’s pickups is Buzzfeed’s republishing of our feature about the women who live alongside rhinos in Orang National Park, a 78-square-kilometer protected area in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. Here’s a selection of media outlets where our reporting turned up during July 2017: AFK Insider, Animal Politico, Buzzfeed, Common Dreams, The Conversation, El Espectador, Ecowatch, The Guardian, The Independent, E&E News, Eco-Business, Financial Tribune, International News Lens, La Mula, Mekong Eye, News Deeply, Pacific Standard, Paste Magazine, Publimetro, RPP Noticias, Reptiles Magazine, Scroll, Semana, Telesur TV, Truthout, Vulcan Post, The Wire, and The Zimbabwean. Photo by Erik Hoffner....

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Aida Greenbury joins Mongabay’s board of advisors
Aug07

Aida Greenbury joins Mongabay’s board of advisors

Mongabay is pleased to announce that Aida Greenbury, an Indonesian forester with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of sustainability, forest management and industry, is joining our advisory board. Other members of the Mongabay.org advisory board include primatologist and conservation icon Jane Goodall, tropical ecologist William F. Laurance, and botanist Peter Raven. “I’m thrilled to welcome Aida Greenbury to Mongabay’s advisory board,” said Rhett Butler, Mongabay’s founder and CEO. “Her curiosity and passion toward forests and wildlife as well as her knowledge from studying forestry for almost all her life lead her to become an early champion for the zero-deforestation movement within a company, and industry, where that was a pretty radical concept at the time.” For 13 years Greenbury worked on sustainability issues at Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), one of the world’s largest integrated forestry, pulp and paper groups. As the Chief Sustainability Officer, Greenbury spearheaded the controversial forestry group’s development, adoption, and implementation of a forest conservation policy that in 2013 won wide acclaim from some of APP’s harshest critics. The policy established protocols for addressing social conflict, barred deforestation and conversion of peatlands from its supply chain, and set targets for restoring degraded peatlands. Greenbury left APP in May 2017, although she is currently engaged by the group on a short-term advisory contract limited to its potential re-association with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Greenbury is currently working as an independent sustainability advisor, including serving as Co-Chair of the High Carbon Stock Approach Steering Group and Chair of the Private Sector Roundtable of the Asia Pacific Rainforest Partnership. As a member of the advisory board, Greenbury will provide advice and help coordinate network development as Mongabay expands its coverage in Asia. She will also offer insights on the forestry sector in the region. “I feel very fortunate to have a chance to contribute to this cause. Mongabay is a non-profit organization based on science. Although I took a different but, parallel path with my earlier career, I was raised as a scientist and have always applied its disciplines,” said Greenbury. “The founder and board members of Mongabay are driven by their passion for nature and wildlife, and I have always been passionate about responsible forest management and forest conservation. Given these similarities between our goals, it seems only natural to me that our paths should intertwine.” “Saving the forest is not a one-size-fits-all process; it can be done in many different ways, but one thing that holds true is that the barriers between forest conservation and stakeholders must be broken down. By joining Mongabay’s Advisory Board I hope to take a step towards...

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Mongabay to expand environmental news coverage in India
Aug06

Mongabay to expand environmental news coverage in India

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” In 1999, embracing those famous words derived from remarks made by Mahatma Gandhi, I founded Mongabay out of my passion for wildlife and nature. Since then, the effort has grown into a multinational initiative involving hundreds of journalists and reaching tens of millions of people each year. Mongabay’s expansion has particularly accelerated since we moved to a non-profit model five years ago. Our first project as a non-profit environmental media organization was Mongabay-Indonesia, an Indonesian-language environmental news service run by Indonesians for Indonesians. Mongabay-Indonesia proved remarkably popular and impactful in Indonesia, pioneering new ideas for Mongabay’s global news operation and paving the way for Mongabay-Latam, our Spanish-language news service that launched just over a year ago. Stories from Mongabay-Latam are now regularly appearing in nearly 20 newspapers, blogs, and publications in ten Latin American countries. Today I’m excited to announce a new expansion: Mongabay-India, which will follow in the tradition of our other properties by producing high-quality, original news reporting on conservation and environmental issues in India. Mongabay-India will be run by a team in India — we are now hiring the first two staff positions (Managing Editor and Staff Writer) and plan to launch the reporting bureau by October. Initially, Mongabay-India will focus on producing written content in English, but in time, we intend to broaden our offerings to video and other languages. Our articles will be produced under an open Creative Commons license allowing other outlets to use our content commercially or non-commercially at no cost.   Why India? With ecosystems ranging from the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans to the rainforests of the Western Ghats to the alpine habitats of the Himalayas, India is one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet. Yet the country, which is soon to be the world’s most populous, suffers from many environmental problems. Still there are reasons for optimism: local entrepreneurs, researchers, civil society groups, governments, and others are devising ingenious solutions to many of these issues, providing inspiring models that could be adopted more widely provided they were better known. Mongabay-India will report on the country’s environmental challenges by highlighting threats to ecosystems and wildlife, identifying opportunities for progress, and showcasing successful models for resource management and conservation which could be embraced both within India and outside its borders. Beyond our core team, we expect to work with journalists across India, bringing local and region issues to a global audience. I believe Mongabay is well placed to make this new program a success. Between Mongabay-Indonesia (established 2012) and Mongabay-Latam (2016), we have a demonstrated track record in...

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New Reporting Opportunity: Global Agroforestry
Aug04

New Reporting Opportunity: Global Agroforestry

Mongabay is excited to announce a new reporting opportunity: Global Agroforestry The world faces a multitude of challenges, yet some of the toughest ones–from climate change to hunger, food security, water shortages, soil degradation, and loss of biodiversity–could be solved in part by agroforestry. Many agronomists, sustainable farming experts, and scientists argue that this traditional system of agriculture, which often combines tall woody perennials like trees and shrubs with annual crops, ought to be implemented more widely, since it produces food, fuel, fodder, and fiber while drawing carbon out of the atmosphere, while also providing habitat for animals and plants, and building local water tables and soil profiles. Mongabay.com therefore seeks story pitches for this series that will foster a better understanding of the scale, scope, and impact of agroforestry systems from the local to global levels, with a special emphasis on indigenous peoples’ implementation of it and a geographical interest in (though not limited to) Melanesia (Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea), the African Rift Valley (Kenya and Ethiopian Highlands), Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan), northern Australia, and northwestern Mexico. Click here to read more about this opportunity and how to apply....

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Mongabay Hiring for Three Positions
Aug03

Mongabay Hiring for Three Positions

At the heart of Mongabay is a spirit of innovation. We’re open to trying new ideas, adapting existing models, and phasing out underperforming projects in our quest to deliver the best products and services given our resources. We are excited to announce three new positions. The Program Director will work closely with the Mongabay’s CEO, Operations Manager, and Development Director to manage Mongabay’s rapidly growing team and execute on the organization’s mission to inspire, educate, and inform the public on conservation and environmental issues. Program Director Mongabay-India Mongabay is planning to establish a news bureau in India to do original reporting on conservation and environmental issues in the country. Content will be distributed via Mongabay, its social media channels, and third party outlets, including local newspapers and online media. Initially Mongabay will produce articles in English, but in time we expect to expand to other languages spoken widely in India. We are recruiting a team to develop Mongabay-India, including a Managing Editor to oversee the initiative and a Staff Writer to produce original daily content across India. Mongabay India Managing Editor Mongabay India Staff Writer Click on the job positions to learn more about the opportunity, position requirements, and how to...

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New Reporting Opportunity: Asia’s Oceans
Aug01

New Reporting Opportunity: Asia’s Oceans

Mongabay is excited to announce a new reporting opportunity: Asia’s Oceans. Pollution, rising CO2 levels, noise, and coastal and military development. The oceans are under threat from many sources — and nowhere more so than the waters of Asia. With this reporting initiative Mongabay will investigate lesser-known issues facing the eastern Indian and western Pacific oceans, zeroing in on Asian ecosystems and organisms that tend to be overlooked. Click here to read more about this opportunity and how to...

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Mongabay in the news, June 2017
Jul25

Mongabay in the news, June 2017

  Our original reports are referenced and republished widely but sometimes Mongabay itself is the subject of stories in the media, as when the Knight Center for Journalism highlighted the successes of our Latin America bureau, Mongabay Latam, which just marked its one-year anniversary, and when Revelator News ranked our podcast, the Mongabay Newscast, as one of the top environmental podcasts. Plus Mongabay Editor Glenn Scherer appeared on the broadcast TV show Rising Up to discuss his writing team’s deep coverage of dam building in the Brazilian Amazon and that country’s troubling environmental policy moves. Elsewhere, Mongabay reports were republished twice by The Guardian and also referenced in a Guardian feature about Brazil’s palm oil boom, which described the Mongabay as being “widely respected.” Here’s a selection of places like this that our reporting turned up during June 2017: Asia Pacific Report, Business Insider, Cincinnati.com, Common Dreams, EcoBusiness, El Espectador, Frontier Myanmar, Guardian, International Business Times, International News Lens, The Intercept, The Irrawaddy, La Mula, Lado B, Pacific Standard, Publimetro, RPP, The Revelator, Rising Up with Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthout, and The Wire. Photo of Magnificent Frigatebird in the Galapagos by Rhett...

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Seeking acoustic ecologists and sound recordists
Jun30

Seeking acoustic ecologists and sound recordists

Are you an acoustic ecologist or sound recordist focused on the environment or natural world? Mongabay wants to highlight your work on its podcast. The Mongabay Newscast is our free, biweekly podcast delivering news and inspiration from nature’s frontline. It features inspiring guests and deeper analysis of the global environmental issues explored every day by the Mongabay.com team, from climate change to biodiversity, tropical ecology, wildlife, and much more. One regular feature of the podcast is Field Notes, where researchers and sound artists/recordists are interviewed about their field work, and during which they play some sample recordings and explain what we’re hearing and how it informs our understanding of biology and natural history. If you would like to be featured, post to Twitter mentioning @Mongabay and the hashtag #sciencesoundslike with a link to some recordings (this is our preferred method, but if you lack a Twitter account or online recordings of your work, you can also send an email to submissions@mongabay.com with this information). And attach a picture that illustrates the work you’re submitting, if feasible. We will listen to the recordings, retweet some of our favorites, and invite the most interesting clips’ authors onto the show. Listen to the episodes below to get an idea for the segment, or subscribe via Stitcher, TuneIn, iTunes, Google Play, Android, or wherever you get your podcasts, to hear them all. Here are some selected Field Notes features: May 3, Leah Barclay, acoustic ecologist discusses her work on marine bioacoustics (whole show) June 27, Marconi Campos Cerqueira (from minute 19 on), who recently completed a study that used bioacoustic monitoring to examine bird ranges in the mountains of Puerto Rico March 21, Zuzana Burivalova (from minute 32 on), a conservation scientist at Princeton University who has recorded the soundscapes of over 100 sites in the Indonesian part of Borneo We look forward to hearing your Field Notes submissions on Twitter via the #sciencesoundslike...

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Mongabay in the news, May 2017
Jun24

Mongabay in the news, May 2017

May 2017 saw a surge in coverage of our work in Southeast Asia thanks to the celebration of Mongabay-Indonesia’s 5th anniversary. Also in May a Mongabay investigation concerning the role of illegal chainsaws in Myanmar’s ongoing logging controversy appeared in numerous regional publications from The News Lens to Frontier Myanmar and The Irrawaddy, plus a recent Mongabay feature by correspondent William Clowes (“Conserving Congo’s wild places on a shoestring”) was republished by Slate and the popular journal of food, politics, travel, and culture, Roads and Kingdoms. Here’s a selection of where to see these stories and others: Africa Science News, Alternet, Asia Sentinel, Asia Times, Catch News, The City Paper, Digital Journal, Eco-Business, Economist-Namibia, El Nacional, El Espectador, Ethical Corporation, Financial Tribune, Fokus Jabar, Frontier Myanmar, Gizmodo, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Huffington Post-India, Indian Country Today, India Express, International News Lens, The Irrawaddy, Kabar News, Klik Samarinda, La Estrella, La Hora, La Mula, La Opinion, Lado B, Maravi Post, News Deeply, Pachamama Radio, Pacific Standard, Plaza Publica, RPP, Roads and Kingdoms, The Scientist, Scroll, Slate, Smithsonian, Tribuna Noticias, Truthout, Vietnam Express, and Viva. Photo by Rhett...

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Mongabay is seeking a research associate to help evaluate conservation effectiveness
Jun19

Mongabay is seeking a research associate to help evaluate conservation effectiveness

Mongabay is working on a reporting project that combines science and journalism to evaluate the effectiveness of different conservation strategies. We are looking for scientists who have strong literature synthesis skills, are able to work independently in a rigorous and unbiased way with different types of scientific evidence, and are open-minded and willing to depart from the traditional academic work. This project contributes to a growing demand for evidence on the actual, on-the-ground impact of different conservation strategies, helping the public, conservation practitioners, donors, and decision makers make sense of a large but disparate body of literature. The evidence on each conservation strategy will be presented in an engaging, interactive, approachable, yet rigorous way, together with an investigative story about each strategy by a Mongabay staff writer. We are looking for one or two scientists (advanced graduate students, postdocs) who will carry out a literature review on a specific conservation strategy, collaborate with a journalist on creating a story, and help make interactive visualizations of the collected evidence. Funds for 1-3 months of research work will be available. Projects will have to be completed by mid-December 2017. Examples of the strategies that we are interested in include, but are not limited to regulations of trade with wildlife, environmental law enforcement, environmental advocacy, ecotourism, land purchase schemes, protected areas, including marine protected areas, and others. Learn more about this opportunity, the position requirements and how to apply.   We look forward to hearing from...

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Mongabay is hiring a Senior Copy Editor & Grant Writer
Jun12

Mongabay is hiring a Senior Copy Editor & Grant Writer

This position has been filled Mongabay is growing and we are excited to announce a new opening: Senior Copy Editor and Grant Writer. The Senior Copy Editor & Grant Writer will lead Mongabay’s efforts to track and demonstrate our effectiveness to our funders and audience, as well as aid our global editorial team in the quality of our daily publishing. The duties include proofreading Mongabay articles prior to publication, providing copy edits & feedback to editors/journalists, documenting trends in Mongabay coverage, noting areas of improvement or particular successes, and developing comprehensive reports for established grants among other things. At the heart of Mongabay is a spirit of innovation. We’re open to trying new ideas, adapting existing models, and phasing out underperforming projects in our quest to deliver the best products and services possible given our resources. Click here if you want to learn more about this opportunity, the position requirements and how to apply. We look forward to hearing from you! This position has been...

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Marking one year of environmental news reporting in Latin America
Jun02

Marking one year of environmental news reporting in Latin America

Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the official launch of Mongabay-Latam, our Spanish-language environmental news service for Latin America. Mongabay-Latam is off to a great start, exceeding all our internal goals for its first twelve months. To date, the team — 6 full-time staff in Peru and 35 corespondents in 11 countries — has produced more than 600 original articles, including a number of major features on topics ranging from oil spills in the Amazon to wildlife trafficking in Colombia and Peru to the use of cattle ranches to launder drug money in Central America. The reporting has also won critical acclaim: in November 2016 two of Mongabay-Latam’s stories were selected among the five finalists of 122 nominees for the National Journalism Award, Peru’s equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize. Mongabay-Latam’s reporting is getting wide readership. In the past year we’ve had 1.33 million visits to the site and added more than 40,000 fans on our Facebook page, which has an average weekly reach of 700,000. Importantly we’re also reaching audiences beyond our site via syndication partnerships with 15 media outlets in nine countries, including last month’s alliance with Publimetro, which plans to distribute our content in the nine newspapers it has in the region. Protecting ecosystems across Latin America is critical. The region boasts the world’s highest levels of biodiversity and most extensive tropical forests. It’s also a hotspot for new ideas and innovations in conservation, including forest monitoring systems, recognition of indigenous and traditional land tenure, and adoption of technology. We’re proud to be helping raise environmental awareness and create enabling conditions for NGOs and scientists. Special thanks to our supporters as well as our Latam team: Alexa Vélez Zuazo, Joaquin Ortiz Rivarola, Lorena Flores Agüero, MariaIsabel Torres, Milton López Tarabochia, and Romina Castagnino. Header photo: sea lion in the Galapagos. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Mongabay in the news, April 2017
May31

Mongabay in the news, April 2017

Mongabay’s original reporting was republished and referenced widely by other media outlets in numerous languages in April 2017, from The Intercept-Brasil (Portuguese) to El Espectador (Spanish), El Badil (Arabic), and Huffington Post-Maghreb (French). Also in April, Mongabay broke the story of the killing of two rangers by poachers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which was republished by The Guardian, and the fact that Colombia’s disastrous Mocoa landslide had been predicted was picked up on by the American Geophysical Union via Mongabay. Plus the findings of numerous other articles from ongoing Mongabay series appeared widely as usual. Here’s a selection of where our reporting appeared in April of 2017: American Geophysical Union Blog, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Times, Common Dreams, Eco-Business, EcoWatch, El Badil, El Dia, El Espectador, The Guardian, Financial Tribune, Huffington Post, Huffington Post-Maghreb, Humanitarian News, HydroWorld, The Intercept-Brasil, International News Lens, Lado B, New Security Beat, Nieuws.nl, Pacific Standard, Publimetro,The Wire, Truthout and VN Express. Image: land iguana, Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos, Ecuador, by Rhett A....

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