Travel blog posts
The travel blog includes travel highlights and tips as well as occasional anecdotes on the business of running mongabay.com.
New opportunities for data-driven reporting on forests
(05/08/2014) I'm excited to announce that Mongabay.org is launching a new initiative that will broaden our reach, improve our reporting, boost transparency and accountability around forests, and offer opportunities for environmental journalists around the world.
Conservation legend Jane Goodall turns 80 today
(04/03/2014) Primatologist and conservation legend Jane Goodall turns 80 today. In recognition of her achievements in protecting nature and wildlife, Wendee Nicole, the first recipient of the Mongabay Prize for Environmental Reporting, has done two Goodall-related posts for Animal Planet. What I appreciate about Nicole's pieces is they go beyond some of the superficial birthday celebration stories making the rounds on the Internet this week.
Talking deforestation and conservation with APP, Greenpeace, RAN, WWF, TFT, and Ekologika
(02/05/2014) Today I moderated a panel at Asia Pulp & Paper's one year anniversary event of its forest conservation policy. Briefly, the policy commits APP — which until very recently was widely considered one of the most destructive forestry companies operating in Indonesia — to protect forests, peatlands, and the rights of local communities.
Debating deforestation in Indonesia and APP's forest conservation policy
(01/24/2014) For the past decade and a half, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has been one of the most controversial paper producers on the planet. Environmentalists, human rights groups, and conservation scientists have blasted the Indonesian forestry giant for a long list of transgressions, ranging from illegal logging to destruction of tiger habitat to exacerbating conflict with forest-dependent people in the forests of Sumatra. Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), WWF, the Rainforest Alliance, Friends of the Earth, and numerous local NGO's have been among the many critics of APP.
Are there economic alternatives to palm oil?
(12/31/2013) Replacing rainforests and peatlands with oil palm plantations is ecologically devastating at the local scale. Oil palm plantations are biological deserts compared to the forests they replace. They can spur water pollution and are a substantial source of greenhouse gas emissions. At best, an oil palm plantation sequesters 40 tons of carbon per hectare over its effective lifetime. A tropical forest is at least five times that. A peat forest may store ten-fold that amount of carbon.
What happened to the Innovation in Conservation prize?
(12/19/2013) Several people have asked me what became of Mongabay's 'Innovation in Conservation' award, which was granted each December between 2007 and 2012. The answer is I've decided to allocate resources differently this year.
Top nature pictures of 2013
(12/18/2013) Transitioning to a non-profit model means that I'm spending less and less time working in the field these days, but I still managed take some photos in 2013, adding more than 15,000 to the site this year. Below are some of the highlights.