Articles by Rhett Butler

Founder of Mongabay.

Fear not the bobcat (Commentary)

The video of a bobcat attacking a couple in North Carolina is frightening, and we wish them a hasty recovery. Rest assured, however, that such behavior – and the infection…

The birds of Zoom (commentary)

The fondness for bird watching is so much a part of the life of “the birders” that it is even unconscious. Without realizing it, I am listening and watching our…
Deforestation in Kapuas Hulu regency, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler

Global forest loss increased in 2020

No one was sure exactly what near-term impact the global pandemic would have the world’s forests in 2020. Some expected lockdowns and economic shocks to dampen deforestation rates; others thought…
Deforestation in Kapuas Hulu regency, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler