Mongabay’s performance during Q1 2018
Apr30

Mongabay’s performance during Q1 2018

The first quarter of 2018 was a strong one for Mongabay. Traffic to our four main news sections — Global English, Indonesia, Latam (Spanish), and India — grew 26 percent versus Q1-2017, with a net increase of 567,000 users and 1.73 million pageviews. The biggest new development during the quarter was the official launch of Mongabay-India in mid-January. Mongabay-India’s readership and social media following grew rapidly since its inception — a trend we expect to continue as the team grows from two to six staff in the next few months. 2017 trends Traffic to Mongabay hit a new record in 2017. We had more than 24 million visitors and nearly 56 million pageviews during the year. Indonesia attracted the most traffic of our news sections, followed by English and then Spanish. Mongabay published more than 4,000 articles across nine languages. Indonesia led the way with 1,830 stories, followed by our global English section with 1,268, and Spanish with 648. The shift toward mobile devices continued through 2017, with more than 70 percent of users visiting Mongabay on cell phones. Mobile users primarily access Mongabay via the mobile version of our web site and Facebook Instant Articles. Mongabay plans to release a mobile app in the second quarter of 2018. Facebook was our largest source of traffic in 2017 with 13 million user...

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Mongabay news app for Android now available
Apr27

Mongabay news app for Android now available

Mongabay now has a free app available in the Google Play Store. This app provides Android users with a quick and easy way to read and share Mongabay news and stories on their devices. Similarly, Apple customers can receive Mongabay stories on their iPhones, iPads, etc via that company’s news app, Apple News, more info here. If you have an Android device, please download the app and give it a try. If you like what you see, please give it a rating. Here’s what it looks like:  ...

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Mongabay in the News, March 2018
Apr25

Mongabay in the News, March 2018

Our reporting appears in many places beyond Mongabay.com when other outlets republish, quote from, and re-report our findings. Highlights from this past month include Salon.com’s republishing of our exposé on sexual harassment in the natural science and environmental fields, and an appearance by a Mongabay-India editor on the BBC talking about a recent sea turtle hatching that amazed residents of Mumbai. Mongabay publishes on a creative commons basis and encourages other outlets to republish its features in their own publications. Learn how to do this here. Here’s a selection of where our reporting appeared in March 2018: Alternet, Asian Correspondent, BBC Indonesia, BBC World, Buffalo News, Cambodia Daily, Common Dreams, Dagens Nyheter, Daily Climate, Earth Island Journal, El Espectador, Eco-Business, Ecowatch, The Dodo, GenomeWeb, Guardian, Huffington Post, IDN Times, IFL Science, India Blooms, The Intercept-Brasil, Jakarta Post, LADbible, Metro Ecuador, Mexico News Daily, National Geographic Indonesia, News Lens International, Ooska News, Pacific Standard, RINF News, RPP Noticias, Salon, Sciences et Avenir, Scroll, Smithsonian Magazine, Spektrum, The Star-Kenya,Tarung News, Visayan Daily Star, Western Australia Today, and World Politics Review. Banner image: Indonesian rainforest. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Saving jaguars in the Chaco (event recap)
Apr22

Saving jaguars in the Chaco (event recap)

Earlier this month Mongabay held a Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) event at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. The event featured Anthony Giordano of S.P.E.C.I.E.S and the Chaco Jaguar Conservation Project, who spoke about his efforts to conserve jaguars and their habitat in the Chaco ecosystem of Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina. Giordano told the audience about the natural history of the jaguar, which is the third largest cat species in the world (and the most powerful of the big cats pound for pound) and once ranged from California to Patagonia. He explained that jaguars today face three major threats: loss of habitat, conflict with ranchers and farmers, and declining availability of prey. As a consequence, jaguars have gone functionally extinct in the United States, El Salvador, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, while suffering heavy losses across many other range countries. Jaguars now occupy less than half their early 1990s range. Giordano also spoke about the Chaco, which is the second largest biome after the Amazon in South America, with an original expanse topping a million square miles. While the Chaco is often characterized as a dry forest ecosystem, it is actually one of the world’s most diversified biomes, with habitats ranging from flooded swamps to savannas to humid forests. This variance supports a richness of species, including all three species of peccary. But like the jaguar, the Chaco is also under threat, primarily from cattle ranching and soy farms. Losses have been substantial in Argentina and Paraguay, which have some of the highest deforestation rates in the world since 2000. Given these dire trends, Giordano has launched a series of initiatives to study and protect the Chaco in Paraguay, including the first scientific survey of jaguar across the country, supporting the development of a national jaguar conservation plan, and leading workshops to to address human-jaguar conflict. Giordano says that jaguar conservation can support broader efforts to conserve the Chaco ecosystem by building good relationships with landowners and creating positive incentives for maintaining wildlife populations and encouraging habitat restoration. Mongabay’s next BATFN takes place in Palo Alto in May. More details to...

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Mongabay Latam a finalist for One World Media Award
Apr19

Mongabay Latam a finalist for One World Media Award

UPDATE: Mongabay Latam has now been named a finalist for the award. Congratulations to the whole team. Mongabay Latam has been named to the longlist in the Special Award category of the One World Media Awards, for its environmental coverage in Latin America. This award recognizes an independent media organization based in a developing country using media to address social, cultural, political and economic issues. The Award seeks to recognize and encourage outstanding reporting that informs the public, provides an outlet for local people’s voices, creates a space for critical information, and holds those in power to account. Other nominees include Myanmar Now (Myanmar), Nasha Niva (Belarus), and Reporter At-Large (India). The judging panels will meet in late April to decide the final nominees in each category. View the longlists for the Special Award and the other...

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Mongabay – Now Accepting Summer Internship Applications
Apr16

Mongabay – Now Accepting Summer Internship Applications

                              Mongabay.org offers two exciting internship opportunities. The first opportunity primarily involves writing environmental news stories for our affiliated news site – Mongabay.com. Our interns will have the opportunity to develop their writing skills and have their news stories be published on our renowned website which boasts over two million global readers every month. The second opportunity is similar but it focuses on technology that plays a crucial role in improving our understanding and protection of nature on our Mongabay Wildtech news site. Mongabay’s Wildtech section identifies potentially valuable tools, as well as the scientists and resource managers using technology in their work. Wildtech interns will apply their research, critical thinking and writing skills to produce stories about the development and innovative use of technology to improve research and conservation outcomes. Full internship details here! Deadline to apply is June...

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