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Villars Symposium 2024

Last week I attended the Villars Symposium as a speaker. My talks: How Digital Engagement Enables Systems Change According to the Pew Research Center, 97% of teens in the United States use the internet daily but no data is available as to whether this helps them learn independently or informs their decision making about how […]

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The Business of Mongabay

Mongabay’s future

In the final post of my series marking Mongabay’s 25th anniversary, here’s a glimpse at what lies ahead for us in the near and medium term. Looking towards 2030, our imperatives include: 🌊 Expanding coverage: We aim to explore more topics and regions, focusing on underreported stories with significant impact potential, including oceans, Africa, and […]

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Mongabay Features

An interview with philanthropist Wendy Schmidt on XR media, ocean conservation, and more

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, who founded the Schmidt Family Foundation with her husband, Eric. Schmidt’s approach to solving some of the planet’s most pressing issues is rooted in “systems thinking,” a holistic method that considers the interconnections within ecological, social, and economic systems. Schmidt’s journey into this realm […]

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My favorite places to visit

I’m often asked about my favorite places from my 25 years of running Mongabay. Reflecting on these experiences, my relationship with travel has evolved significantly. Today, I am much more mindful of the environmental impact of my journeys. The demands of running Mongabay also mean that extended periods of being disconnected are challenging, and my […]

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The Business of Mongabay

Mongabay’s 2023 annual report

We live in a world grappling with complex environmental challenges. As a journalist, I’ve always believed in the power of words and stories to make a difference. Journalism is not just about reporting facts; it’s about shining a light on issues that are often hidden in the shadows. In the context of environmental crises, journalism […]

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The Business of Mongabay

My go-to example of impactful journalism

Reflecting on the past 25 years at Mongabay, it is evident that impactful journalism can drive meaningful change. Our work has contributed to significant outcomes, from exposing trafficking of pygmy sloths in Panama to informing a state decision to convert 101,000 hectares from a logging concession to a reserve in Borneo. My go-to example of […]

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Media appearances

Appearance on the Nature Solutionaries pocast

Veronika Perková recently interviewed me for her Nature Solutionaries pocast. Here is the YouTube version of the podcast: Some of the ground we covered in the podcast: Early Days of Mongabay:🌳 My decision to start the website was carefully planned rather than a risky leap, beginning as a side gig to a job with a […]

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Avoiding extractive journalism

At Mongabay, we frequently document the harm extractive industries inflict on the environment, wildlife, and communities globally. However, journalism itself can sometimes be extractive. This issue arises when journalists enter a community to report a story, gather context, and then leave. Despite the journalist’s best intentions, if the story isn’t accessible to the community in […]

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The Business of Mongabay

Mongabay’s 25th birthday

On June 8, 1999, Mongabay was officially launched. So today is officially Mongabay’s 25th birthday. Over the past several days, many people have been asked about the history of Mongabay. This an extended version: https://mongabay.cc/pazNOU Here’s a brief version: I founded Mongabay out of my love for tropical forests. The site’s initial model was based […]

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Tips

Writing obituaries

Obituaries are hard to write. But an obituary is something many people will need to write at some point in their life. And it will often be for someone deeply loved and admired. Capturing a person’s life in a short tribute is challenging. After all, how does one represent the joy a person has brought […]

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Lessons from 25 years of Mongabay

Next week marks 25 years since I founded Mongabay out of my passion for nature. I never imagined that a personal effort to raise awareness about tropical forests would evolve into a global network of dedicated journalists reporting from nature’s frontlines. It’s been incredible to see the contributions of these talented individuals making a real-world […]

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Tips

Scammers that use my name

Scammers have long used my name for phishing attempts and other scams, and it seems that this practice is on the rise. If you receive an email message that puports to be from me, please verify the sender’s email address to ensure it originates from one of my known addresses, typically those associated with mongabay.com, […]

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Impact

Matsés take action after Mongabay investigation into company’s questionable carbon claims

One of my favorite aspects of running Mongabay is hearing about how our reporting has led to meaningful impacts around the world. Recently, we learned that the Matsés Native Community, the largest in Peru, terminated their agreement with the Peruvian company Get Life. This decision followed a Mongabay investigation — False claims of U.N. backing […]

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Photos

Aerial photos from Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat, located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, is known for its biodiversity-rich marine environments. The archipelago consists of over 1,500 small islands and islets, and its waters are home to a significant number of coral and fish species. Despite its […]

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Random pieces

The Kāmaʻo: Silence in the Rainforest

In 2023, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared 21 species officially extinct by removing them from list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act. I recently put together short obituaries for a few of the species we lost. Amidst the dense, lush undergrowth of Kauaʻi’s rainforests, where the dampness held the whispers of […]

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Mongabay Features

Forest loss data for 2023

Tropical primary forest loss dipped 9% in 2023 to 3.7 million hectares, according to University of Maryland data released this week on World Resources Institute‘s Global Forest Watch. The decline was driven primarily by a 36% drop in Brazil, which typically accounts for the largest proportion of tropical forest loss. Forest loss in the Amazon […]

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Mongabay Features

Interview with Jane Goodall for her 90th birthday

Jane Goodall turns 90 on April 3rd. For the past few weeks, the world has been marking her birthday in a variety of ways, from a unique 90-dog salute on a beach in Carmel, California, symbolizing her life-long commitment to animal welfare, to galas in fancy ballrooms in the world’s biggest cities with global business […]

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What kind of coverage is missing in climate reporting?

Earlier this week I joined a panel on climate journalism organized by Climatebase for their fellowship program. One of the questions I was asked was, “What kind of coverage or content do you think is missing in climate media?“ I mentioned the importance of telling stories that resonate with target audiences. Preaching to the choir […]

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The Business of Mongabay

The impact of investigative reporting on ocean issues

The other day, I was asked about the real-world impact of investigative reporting in the context of ocean issues. One of my favorite examples is a series of stories we published over a three-year period about Dalian Ocean Fishing, one of China’s largest tuna companies. This reporting underscores the serendipity involved in chasing a story […]

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Empowering change through informed action

High-quality data journalism serves as a powerful tool in elucidating complex environmental issues, transforming raw data into compelling narratives that illuminate the hidden stories behind the numbers. By employing rigorous data collection and analysis, journalists can uncover trends and patterns that might otherwise go unnoticed, providing a solid foundation for investigative reporting. But how do […]

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Conveying climate change to the public, by journalism and fiction

Earlier this month, I joined science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson for a conversation about conveying climate change and other environmental issues to the public. The virtual event took place at the University of California-San Diego’s Triton Leaders Conference 2024 and was emceed by Michael Bumbry. We discussed communicating environmental issues via news reporting and […]

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Reasons for hope in the face of the global environmental crisis

On Monday night I gave a lecture at the prize ceremony for the BBVA Foundation’s 5th Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication (English) (program). The event was held in Madrid. I was asked to speak about “Reasons for hope in the face of the global environmental crisis” and provide a text of my remarks ahead of […]

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The Business of Mongabay

An overview of Mongabay’s audience and the stories we produced in 2023

People often inquire about Mongabay’s readership, so here’s an overview of data from last year. The attached document offers a summary of readership and story production data for Mongabay’s primary news sections in 2023, which include Mongabay-Brasil (Portuguese), Mongabay-French, Mongabay-India (English and Hindi), Mongabay-Indonesia (Bahasa Indonesia), Mongabay-Latam (Spanish), and Mongabay-News. Please note that this analysis […]

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Mongabay Features

An interview with anthropologist Alison Richard

The island nation of Madagascar is celebrated for its extraordinary biodiversity, characterized by remarkably high rates of endemicism; approximately 90% of its wildlife is unique to the island, making it an unique and irreplaceable treasure trove of biological richness. This includes a myriad of distinctive species, such as lemurs, chameleons, and a diverse range of […]

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Mongabay Features

Key rainforest issues to monitor in 2024

Last week, Mongabay published a recap of the major trends in the world’s tropical rainforests for 2023. Here’s a glimpse into some of the key issues to monitor in 2024. Brazil The deforestation rate in the Brazilian Amazon has declined significantly during President Lula’s first year of his third term, following the reinstatement of various rainforest protection programs. […]