Endangered environmentalists

Green groups under threat from governments and corporate actors: As climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction worsen across the globe, environmental groups are responding by ratcheting up the pressure on governments and corporations to act. Many governments have responded by increasing restrictions on environmental NGOs, including revoking charity status, increasing sentences for protestors, and passing legislation restricting NGO activity.

Global forest reporting network

Indonesian coal

Southeast asian infrastructure

Focusing on the social and environmental impacts of roads, dams, mines, and other infrastructure projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea.

Podcast: Tiger on the highway

The Trans-Sumatran Highway is a $1.1 billion dollar project spanning 2,700 kilometers – from Banda Aceh in the north to Bandar Lampung in the south – and is designed to…

Amazon infrastructure

Asian rhinos

Indonesian fisheries

Global environmental impacts of u s policy

Conservation in madagascar

Madagascar has been a global conservation priority for decades, receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in conservation funds from international donors, but rising deforestation, commercial exploitation of wildlife, and degradation of critical habitats suggest that conservation investments may not be reaching their full potential. This series investigates the effectiveness of past conservation spending in Madagascar, examining the factors that contribute to or hinder success, with the aim of informing future investments.

Conservation effectiveness

Global agroforestry

An ancient agricultural system, agroforestry combines trees with shrubs, crops, and livestock in a system that produces food, supports biodiversity, builds soil horizons and water tables, and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere -- this series explores how and where it is being practiced by indigenous communities, traditional agriculturists, and new farmers.

Global forests

Deforestation in Kapuas Hulu regency, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler

Global forest loss increases 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

Almost famous animals