Articles by Rhett Butler

Founder of Mongabay.

Alliance launches plan to save the planet

Healthy and productive ecosystems sustain life on Earth, but face accelerating threats from human behavior, including habitat destruction, pollution, species loss, and unsustainable resource extraction. The result is humanity is…

Photos: What are vipers?

When many people think of snakes, they conjure up a vision of venomous serpents with huge fangs, large diamond-shaped heads, and cat-like eyes. The vision actually comes from the true-to-life…

Malaysia to ban oil palm expansion?

Malaysia may ban further expansion of oil palm plantations in an effort to improve the oilseed's reputation abroad, reports Bloomberg. In an interview Friday, Minister of Primary Industries Teresa Kok…

Our most popular stories of 2018

2018 was a record-setting traffic year for Mongabay, topping 100 million views in direct readership and video watches for the first time. Both our Spanish-language bureau and our core English-language…

Rainforests: storylines to watch in 2019

2018 wasn't a great year for tropical rainforests, with major conservation setbacks in Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, and the United States coming on top of back-to-back years of…
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