Mongabay feature published in ‘best science and nature writing’ anthology
Oct07

Mongabay feature published in ‘best science and nature writing’ anthology

Mongabay is pleased to announce that senior correspondent Jeremy Hance’s feature, The great rhino U-turn, has been published in ‘The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019,” a highly regarded annual anthology that celebrates the best writing from the genre. This marks the first time that a Mongabay feature has been selected. When he heard the news earlier this year, Hance exclaimed, “The news that my article on Sumatran rhinos was going to be included [came] totally out of the blue, it’s a huge honor and I’m over the moon about it!” He added that, “I think it’s especially exciting since wildlife conservation writing sometimes takes a back seat to other environmental and hard science stories when it comes to recognition in the field.” The selected feature is part three of a four-part series on Sumatran rhino conservation, and details how researchers at the Cincinnati Zoo finally unlocked the mysteries of the species’ reproduction. This is key because there are very few of the animals left in the world, and captive breeding and reintroduction is one of the most viable strategies for saving the species. But it took 17 years of work to make captive breeding work, so Jeremy’s fascinating chronicle of this herculean effort serves as a valuable and inspiring example of dedication and good science in service to conservation. “My hope is that inclusion in this anthology will bring greater attention to the plight of Sumatran rhinos, a species that desperately needs the Indonesian government and conservationists to act, and act quickly if we’re not to lose the singing rhino,” he continued, referring to the creature’s charming habit of vocalizing musically, sounds which he likens to whale songs. The timing of all this is important, since a recent effort to breed one of the last remaining Sumatran rhinos looks unlikely to succeed again due to ‘bureaucratic quibbling’ on Indonesia’s part, as Mongabay’s Basten Gokkon recently reported. The book also features essays that first appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, New York Times Magazine, and others, and is now in bookstores around the U.S. Order a copy from an independent bookstore near you here. Read Jeremy’s story here and follow the links from there to parts one, two, and four. Mongabay’s entire series on Asian rhinos can be found here. Banner image: a calf born in 2016 in Indonesia’s Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Spring 2020 Internship at Mongabay – Now Accepting Applications
Oct02

Spring 2020 Internship at Mongabay – Now Accepting Applications

Mongabay is now accepting spring 2020 internship applications! This opportunity will provide you with the necessary tools and resources to help develop your writing skills and have your news stories be published on our renowned website. View the full internship details here and how to apply. Application Deadline November...

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New Special Reporting Project: Roads and Rail in Island Southeast Asia
Oct01

New Special Reporting Project: Roads and Rail in Island Southeast Asia

Road projects can have significant direct impacts by razing forests, fragmenting ecosystems and disrupting traditional land-tenure systems and ways of life. They also have additional knock-on effects, often literally paving the way for logging, poaching, mining and increased human settlement in wilderness areas. Mongabay is seeking pitches for stories on the potential social and environmental impacts of road and rail projects in Indonesia, Malaysian Borneo, and Papua New Guinea. Proposals for both news bulletins and in-depth investigations are welcome. For a full detail description and how to submit your pitch, please click...

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Mongabay founder to speak at the Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge Oct 2
Sep30

Mongabay founder to speak at the Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge Oct 2

Mongabay founder Rhett A. Butler will be speaking at the launch of the Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge, global competition with $750,000 in prizes to create innovative solutions, at the Tech Interactive in San Jose, California on October 2, 2019. The public can register to attend the event here. Butler will be speaking about his inspiration for starting Mongabay 20 years...

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Mongabay in the news, August 2019
Sep30

Mongabay in the news, August 2019

Mongabay reports often appear beyond the bounds of the main website and multiple language subdomains when other outlets republish or otherwise use our work. In the past month many outlets relied on our work especially in covering the Amazon fires, including the New York Times, Newsweek, and Quartz. Due to Mongabay’s long track record covering these Amazon forest trends, our CEO Rhett Butler was interviewed by numerous radio and TV programs, ranging from BBC Radio to CBC television, KPFK-Los Angeles, and France-24. Mongabay’s reports are regularly republished too, via our Creative Commons license, for instance, Grist republished our report showing the latest imagery of the fires in Brazil, and our article about land protests in Cambodia was picked up by the Asia Times. We encourage other media outlets to republish our features like this in their own publications, please review our republishing policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of instances where our reporting was republished, cited, or re-reported by peer media outlets during August 2019: Acento, Actual, Adaderana News, Asia Times, Atlas Obscura, BBC, BBC-Mundo, The Better India, Bogota Post, Business Insider, Bustle, CBC, CNBC-TV18, Cambodia Daily, Central News Agency, CityLab/The Atlantic, CleanTechnica, El Comercio, Common Dreams, DOGO News, Daily Caller, El Deber, El Desconcierto, ESI Africa, Earth.com, Earth Island Journal, Eco-Business, Ecowatch, Epoch Times, El Espectador, Espressen, Eurasia Review, First Post, Food Tank, Forbes, Free Speech TV, Gizmodo, Gizmodo-Australia, Gizmodo UK, Grist, The Hill, Huffington Post-India, IDN Times, IFL Science, INews.co.uk, Inhabitat, Inside Edition, The International News Lens, Jurnas, KBIA 91.3 FM, KPFK-LA, Lado B, El Liberator, Live Science, Mashable, Mother Nature Network, La Mula, La Nacion, National Observer, Nature, The New Leam, The New Republic, New Security Beat, The New York Times, News Global, Newshub, Newsweek, North Kentucky Tribune, El Nuevo Dia, O Eco, One World, Pacific Standard, El Pais, Political Insider, Popular Science, Pulitzer Center, Quartz, Quartz-India, The Quint, RPP Noticias, Rakyat Post, Riau One, Scroll, La Semana, Seminario Universidad, SinaNews.tw, Smithsonian, South Whidbey Record, TAZ, TRT World News, TVBS, Der Tagesspiegel, Timis, Treehugger, Union-Bulletin, El Universo, Vice, WP Tech, WSLS-TV, Washington Post, The Wire, Yahoo Finance News, Yahoo News, Yahoo News-ES, and Yale Environment...

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New Special Reporting Project: Sumatran Rhinos
Sep30

New Special Reporting Project: Sumatran Rhinos

At this critical juncture, Mongabay is launching a special reporting initiative aimed at raising awareness about the Sumatran rhino and chronicling successes and setbacks in local and international efforts to save the species from extinction. Sumatran rhinos are among the rarest and most endangered animals on earth. The species’ wild population numbers no more than 80, fragmented into small sub-populations in Sumatra and Borneo. Another nine live in captivity in Indonesia and Malaysia, where researchers hope they can contribute to the long-term survival of their species. For a full detail description and how to submit your pitch, please click...

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