FOREIGN POLICY: If a Tree Falls…
Oct08

FOREIGN POLICY: If a Tree Falls…

… in a national park? Activists, journalists, and even Michael Bloomberg have been agitating for Peru to finally make Sierra del Divisor a national park. But would it really save this endangered chunk of the Amazon? Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative Fellow Saul Elbein reports for Foreign Policy...

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TAKE PART: Africa’s Silent Scourge Is Wiping Out Crops
Oct07

TAKE PART: Africa’s Silent Scourge Is Wiping Out Crops

Farmers are going hungry because they lack ways of keeping food from rotting or being destroyed by pests after harvest.  Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative Fellow Rachel Cernansky reports for TakePart.

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Mongabay Rhino Poaching Piece Nominated for Australian Journalism Award
Aug28

Mongabay Rhino Poaching Piece Nominated for Australian Journalism Award

Mic Smith’s Mongabay article titled Amid rhinoceros poaching frenzy, dark days for South African society has been nominated for Australia’s Clarion Awards recognizing excellence in journalism in the state of Queensland.  The in-depth and investigative piece goes to new depths of the rhino horn trade in South Africa and includes interviews with key figures with first-hand knowledge of the poaching crisis.  Smith’s piece is up for the All Media – Freelance Journalism...

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Mongabay has two new jobs & one new reporting opportunity
Jul22

Mongabay has two new jobs & one new reporting opportunity

The new and improved Mongabay has some exciting new staff and reporting opportunities. LATIN AMERICA WRITER/EDITOR Mongabay.org is seeking a full-time Latin America-focused contributing editor to be hired on a 3-month temporary contract (potentially renewable) to manage all Spanish-language content. The contributing editor will be expected to consistently produce their own Spanish-language articles on Latin American-related environmental topics, while managing, editing, and posting all submissions from our team of worldwide contributors. Location restrictions apply. Read more about the Latin America Writer/Editor position and how to apply. STAFF WRITER Mongabay is seeking a full-time writer to be hired on a temporary three-month contract to write multiple daily posts, respond to breaking news in the world of conservation, cover newly released research, and write blog-like summaries of third party stories as well as Mongabay features. The main focus of coverage would be wildlife, forests, and oceans for our fast-growing non-profit newsroom. Location restrictions apply. Read more about the Staff Writer position and how to apply. MONGABAY REPORTING NETWORK: EVOLVING CONSERVATION In recent years there has been a significant shift in global conservation priorities and strategies. Mongabay’s “evolving conservation” reporting initiative will explore the inherent dichotomies of this shift, seeking to understand the merits of differing approaches to conservation, where the sector is headed, and what is clearly working and not working. Read more about this reporting opportunity and how to apply. There are even more reporting opportunities currently open at Mongabay. Read about them...

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Into the great unknown: The ability of global forests to store carbon is at risk
Jun29

Into the great unknown: The ability of global forests to store carbon is at risk

Julian Smith, Special Reporting Initiatives Fellow reports for Mongabay on importance of carbon storage in global forests.  Read the full story...

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Four Amazon nations, four approaches to reducing deforestation
Jun29

Four Amazon nations, four approaches to reducing deforestation

Special Reporting Initiative Fellow Julian Smith reports on deforestation in the Amazon.  Below is a summary of the piece that will be published by Mongabay in late June or early July by Mongabay. The Amazon rainforest spreads across nine of South America’s twelve countries. Those with the largest portions – Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru – each approach tropical conservation in a different way. But with an average of nearly 1.5 million hectares (5792 square miles) of forest cut down every year between 2001 and 2012 ­– an area larger than the state of Connecticut every 12 months – it’s useful to compare these nations’ distinct strategies and federal policies to find which ones are working, which ones aren’t, and why. Brazil, with nearly two-thirds of the Amazon within its borders, is the “gorilla in the room,” and will receive the most attention in the article. The rate of deforestation, driven primarily by cattle ranching and large-scale commercial agriculture, had dropped steadily since 2004. However, forest clearing jumped by nearly two-thirds from 2013 to 2014, possibly due to significant detrimental changes in the federal forest code. Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia have been hampered in their efforts to stop deforestation by a variety of factors ranging from rapid political turnover (especially in Ecuador); lack of governance, newly passed anti-environmental regulations; failed enforcement; increased corporate influence and corruption. Some of the major deforestation success stories have arisen out of joint projects conducted between nations, and/or successful projects in one country being transferred to another. The idea of joint initiatives goes back to 1983 and the creation of Red Parques, which brings together the heads of each country’s national park service in a continent-wide network. In 2010, countries with Amazonian territories signed a promising agreement to work to develop national systems that were regionally complimentary that would protect Amazonia’s interconnected...

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