Articles by Rhett Butler

Founder of Mongabay.

Forest fire in a deforested area in an undesignated public forest in Altamira, Pará on Jul 31, 2021. Photo © Christian Braga/Greenpeace

Amazon deforestation surges in April

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon exceeded 1,000 square kilometers in April, the highest total since 2008 and roughly twice the level of April 2021, according to data released today by…
Forest fire in a deforested area in an undesignated public forest in Altamira, Pará on Jul 31, 2021. Photo © Christian Braga/Greenpeace

Rainforests in 2022: A look at the year ahead

Between rising deforestation in the Amazon, new financial and political commitments to reduce deforestation, and growing interest in “nature-based solutions” like conservation and reforestation, 2021 may prove to be a…

E.O. Wilson’s last dream

Update 2/2022: In late January, correspondence found among the late E.O. Wilson's papers connected him with J. Phillipe Rushton, whose research in the 1980s and 1990s has been linked with…

Conservation deaths in 2021

This list acknowledges some of the deaths in 2021 that are significant to the broader conservation community. Did we miss a death that occurred in 2021 that's notable in conservation?…
Composite image. Left: Amazon rainforest - photo credit: Rhett A. Butler. Right: Burning forest in the Brazilian Amazon - image credit: Greenpeace

The year in rainforests 2021

2021 was a year where tropical forests featured more prominently in global headlines than normal thanks to rising recognition of the role they play in addressing climate change and biodiversity…
Composite image. Left: Amazon rainforest - photo credit: Rhett A. Butler. Right: Burning forest in the Brazilian Amazon - image credit: Greenpeace
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