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Through credible and accurate coverage of conservation and environmental issues, Mongabay inspires, educates, and informs the public, while enabling leaders to more effectively protect our planet's wildlife and ecosystems.
Like Indonesia, Malaysia to sink illegal foreign fishing boats: minister

Like Indonesia, Malaysia to sink illegal foreign fishing boats: minister

Taking a page out of Indonesian president Joko Widodo's book.
Up the Kapuas River, a Borneo tribe lives off the land

Up the Kapuas River, a Borneo tribe lives off the land

A journey into the rainforest with the Dayak Punan provides a window into Indonesia's debate about indigenous rights, including how to ...
Deficient water systems, poor sanitation driving Zika in Brazil

Deficient water systems, poor sanitation driving Zika in Brazil

About half of Brazil’s people lack basic sanitation services, which makes its sultry cities a good breeding ground for Zika, dengue ...
Grim reality behind tiger selfie tourism: speed breeding, cruelty

Grim reality behind tiger selfie tourism: speed breeding, cruelty

An investigation by the World Animal Protection has found that the tiger entertainment industry in Thailand is replete with stories of ...
International Tiger Day: How are tigers faring now?

International Tiger Day: How are tigers faring now?

Mongabay presents a snapshot view of the tigers of the world.
15 fire-linked firms escape prosecution in Indonesia’s Riau

15 fire-linked firms escape prosecution in Indonesia’s Riau

Environmental advocates decried the police decision to close cases against the companies, which Jakarta had listed in connection with last year's ...
Amid epic drought, villagers bitter over Zimbabwean ethanol plant

Amid epic drought, villagers bitter over Zimbabwean ethanol plant

Locals allege the Green Fuel ethanol plant has grabbed land and displaced families without compensation, polluted water supplies, and failed to ...
“Carbon farming” good for the climate, farmers, and biodiversity

“Carbon farming” good for the climate, farmers, and biodiversity

A conversation with the author of a new book about regenerative agricultural practices that mitigate climate change and boost biodiversity, water ...
Rio Olympic organizers fail to meet all environmental goals

Rio Olympic organizers fail to meet all environmental goals

2016 Olympic Games aquatic event athletes and guests — plus the citizens of Rio — could be exposed to untreated raw ...
New species of orange-red scorpionfish discovered in the Caribbean

New species of orange-red scorpionfish discovered in the Caribbean

The newly-discovered bright orange-red scorpionfish occurs at depths of 95 to 160 meters and is the deepest-living member of its genus ...
Video: Endangered baby tapir plays with his father

Video: Endangered baby tapir plays with his father

In a video released by the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, baby Baku, a two-month old endangered baby Malayan tapir, tries to play ...
The ‘raven’ whale: scientists uncover new beaked whale

The ‘raven’ whale: scientists uncover new beaked whale

How did a huge mammal hide in plain sight for so long?
New initiative to further creation of a single map in Indonesia’s Riau

New initiative to further creation of a single map in Indonesia’s Riau

The World Resources Institute's Riau One Map campaign aims to advance a government initiative in the country's top palm oil-producing province.
Samarco chief faces criminal investigation over collapsed Brazil dam

Samarco chief faces criminal investigation over collapsed Brazil dam

An environmental crime investigation has been launched against Samarco CEO Roberto Carvalho over the dam collapse that poured 50 million tons ...
China’s coal use has peaked ‘sooner than expected’

China’s coal use has peaked ‘sooner than expected’

China’s coal use peaked in 2014, a new study suggests. And this decline may be permanent.
Indonesia declares national park in top palm oil-producing province

Indonesia declares national park in top palm oil-producing province

Zamrud National Park encompasses an area inhabited by a variety of birds, fish and mammals in Riau on the island of ...
Failure of Indonesia’s palm oil commitment ‘not bad news’ [commentary]

Failure of Indonesia’s palm oil commitment ‘not bad news’ [commentary]

Scott Poynton is the founder of The Forest Trust (TFT), an international non-profit that works with corporations to address environmental challenges. ...
On World Mangrove Day, 9 things to know about these tough plants

On World Mangrove Day, 9 things to know about these tough plants

Over half of the world’s mangrove forests have been lost in the last century, but conservationists and governments are increasingly recognizing ...
Sri Lanka set to become first nation to protect all mangroves

Sri Lanka set to become first nation to protect all mangroves

Today, on World Mangrove Day, Sri Lanka's president announced new mangrove protection measures – and inaugurated a museum that aims to ...
Study concludes conservation NGOs might be better off working outside the RSPO

Study concludes conservation NGOs might be better off working outside the RSPO

Conservation non-governmental organizations, palm oil producers, and other players in the industry have all promoted the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s ...
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Wildtech, a joint initiative of Mongabay, RESOLVE’s Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions program, and the World Resources Institute (WRI), intends to help accelerate the flow of information among scientists, forest and wildlife managers, technology innovators, and interested groups and catalyze the development and application of technologies for forest and wildlife conservation.
Chew on this new way to detect disease in primates

Chew on this new way to detect disease in primates

Plant material that mountain gorillas chew and discard reveals viruses imperiling their endangered population.
Piloting PALM Risk to detect palm oil-driven deforestation

Piloting PALM Risk to detect palm oil-driven deforestation

Using satellite imagery to increase supply chain transparency, this new tool helps identify and eliminate palm oil-related deforestation.
Wildlife Law Enforcement in Sub-Saharan African Protected Areas: A Review of Best Practices

Wildlife Law Enforcement in Sub-Saharan African Protected Areas: A Review of Best Practices

In an effort to support the fight against poaching, the IUCN and GIZ partnered to produce a comprehensive review of best ...
New map of Malaysia’s limestone hills will help set conservation priorities

New map of Malaysia’s limestone hills will help set conservation priorities

Malaysia’s limestone hills, or karsts, have been described as “arks of biodiversity,” but they’re facing intense pressures from mining and other ...
GDELT: Mining and mapping global wildlife crime news

GDELT: Mining and mapping global wildlife crime news

This upcoming live open-access website will harness big data to help visualize, interpret and stop wildlife crime reported worldwide.
Bringing Star Trek tricorder analysis to the 21st century

Bringing Star Trek tricorder analysis to the 21st century

Handheld, palm-sized, lightweight DNA preparation and sequencing devices designed to analyse DNA using minimally invasive or non-invasive methods, are still limited, ...
Bridging the Gap between Land and Space

Bridging the Gap between Land and Space

The United Nations/Kenya Conference on Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity aims to expand the use of ...
5 Tech Projects That Are Protecting Sharks

5 Tech Projects That Are Protecting Sharks

With seemingly elusive personalities and dwindling populations, scientists turn to innovative technology to learn more about and protect sharks.
A World of Tings

A World of Tings

The real-time wildlife sighting app, Latest Sightings, is linking a global community of wildlife enthusiasts and promoting conservation one “ting” at ...
Combining high-tech and low-tech to turn satellite images into action

Combining high-tech and low-tech to turn satellite images into action

Wildtech interviews Dr. Lilian Pintea of the Jane Goodall Institute about advances cloud mapping tools, the importance of community conservation, and ...
Drink beer, help the ocean?

Drink beer, help the ocean?

A Florida microbrewery’s pioneering packaging aims to feed, not harm, marine life.
e-Eye of the tiger: Complex surveillance system extends watch over India’s wildlife sanctuaries

e-Eye of the tiger: Complex surveillance system extends watch over India’s wildlife sanctuaries

Expensive thermal motion-detecting cameras keep a constant eye over Indian tiger reserves.
Tracking assets for environmental advocacy work with Bloomberg

Tracking assets for environmental advocacy work with Bloomberg

Learn how to track companies’ assets, such as palm oil and other commodities, with the Bloomberg Terminal. Part 2 of a ...
Online forest mapping made easy

Online forest mapping made easy

Some basics to using the free online Global Forest Watch platform to monitor tree cover and forest change in your region ...
Empowering smartphone users to bear witness to illegal wildlife trade

Empowering smartphone users to bear witness to illegal wildlife trade

The Wildlife Witness app helps crowdsource the reporting of wildlife trafficking.
Five technologies help thwart illegal logging by tracing wood’s origin

Five technologies help thwart illegal logging by tracing wood’s origin

Timber tracking tech helps governments and business trace movements of wood products and verify their timber supply chains.
Reducing human-wildlife conflict in the blink of a light

Reducing human-wildlife conflict in the blink of a light

Devised independently by a US game bird farmer, a young African herder and an Australian sheep farmer, disruptive light systems can ...
Search, map, measure, and count

Search, map, measure, and count

10 novel ways to use drones for conservation
How to use the Bloomberg Terminal for advocacy work: the basics

How to use the Bloomberg Terminal for advocacy work: the basics

Explore some of the basic tools offered by the Bloomberg Terminal, a software package providing real-time global news, financial data, and ...
Want to identify that bug or beetle in your photo? Ask the crowd.

Want to identify that bug or beetle in your photo? Ask the crowd.

Web applications help further biodiversity knowledge by connecting users interested in identifying the species they capture in photos.
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