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News and inspiration from nature’s frontline, featuring inspiring guests and deeper analysis of the global environmental issues explored every day by the Mongabay.com team, from climate change to biodiversity, tropical ecology, wildlife, and more. The show airs every other week.
||CleanExploring Brazil’s biodiverse Cerrado region and the impacts of agriculture||On this episode we discuss the impacts of agriculture on Brazil’s Cerrado region, an incredibly biodiverse savannah supporting more than 10,000 plant species, 900 kinds of birds, and 300 different mammals. But it has long been overlooked by...||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaroon 5 guitarist James Valentine on stopping illegal rainforest wood from becoming guitars||On this episode we speak with James Valentine, the multiple-Grammy-winning guitarist for Maroon 5 about his work to keep illegal and unsustainable rainforest wood out of musical instruments, and efforts to make concert tours more environmentally...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExploring our deep connection to water, plus the sounds of Sandhill crane migration||On this episode, we discuss humanity’s deep connection to water and hear sounds of one of the most ancient animal migrations on Earth, that of the Sandhill crane. Our first guest is marine biologist and sea turtle conservationist Wallace J....||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow effective is environmental restoration?||How effective is environmental restoration? On this episode, we seek answers to that question with Claire Wordley of Cambridge University, which has just debuted a much needed new project collecting the evidence, and examples of restoration from...||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExploring the minds and inner lives of wild animals||On this episode we discuss the amazing minds and lives of animals — their memories, how even electric eels dream, the fact that some creatures like to get drunk (and why) — and we’ll hear all about Mongabay's newly launched bureau in India....||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew eyes in the sky monitor Earth systems like never before||On this episode we dive into cutting-edge remote sensing technologies invented by Heinz Award-winner Greg Asner, the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, which his team uses to monitor ecosystems like rainforests and coral reefs. This airborne laser-guided..||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Suzuki on why indigenous knowledge is critical for humanity's survival||On today’s episode we feature a conversation with iconic Canadian scientist, author, television presenter, and activist David Suzuki. Suzuki is a biologist who’s just as well known for his outspoken views on the need to protect nature. He is the...||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClimate lessons from indigenous peoples, plus the mysterious night parrot||On the first episode of 2018, we speak with the author of a new book about the resilience of indigenous peoples in the face of climate change, and a researcher shares recordings of Australia's elusive night parrot. Plus we round up the recent top...||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMassive Amazonian medicine encyclopedia gets an update, and Madagascar conservation efforts examined||We speak with Christopher Herndon, a medical doctor who as co-founder and president of Acaté Amazon Conservation, has been helping indigenous Matsés people document their traditional healing and plant knowledge in a massive 1,000 page encyclopedia,...||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMargaret Atwood talks about birds, ecology, and her graphic novel series||Award-winning iconic writer Margaret Atwood recently tackled a medium she is not as well-known for: comic books. Her superhero series Angel Catbird "was a conservation project from the get-go," she tells us in this edition of the podcast, being...||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJane Goodall on being proven right that animals have personalities, and more||Mongabay is lucky to have Jane Goodall on its Advisory Board, and just before founder and CEO Rhett Butler was scheduled to speak with her most recently, research came out that vindicated her contention, which she’s held for nearly 60 years, that...||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGas drilling vs wildlife in Peruvian Amazon and a Goldman Prize winner on mercury contamination||In this episode we discuss new science on the impacts on birds and amphibians of drilling for natural gas in the tropics with a Smithsonian researcher, and a Goldman Prize winner discusses her ongoing campaign to rid mercury contamination from the...||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBat calls from the Amazon plus how Indonesia's rainforests became palm plantations||Mongabay editor Phil Jacobson joins the Newscast to discuss a new investigative reporting project in collaboration with The Gecko Project called “Indonesia For Sale” about the land deals — and the powerful politicians and...||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJavan rhino calls and an analysis of 'green' forest certification||On this week's show we speak with Princeton University's Zuzana Burivalova about whether forest certification schemes like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) are actually achieving their environmental, social, and economic goals. Whether...||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLegendary musician Bruce Cockburn on music, activism, and hope||Bruce Cockburn is well known for his outspoken support of environmental and humanitarian causes, and his multi-decade career has yielded 33 records, including his latest, Bone On Bone. This week, he will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters...||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom AI to remote sensing, tech and conservation a powerful combo||On this episode we take a look at the role technology plays in conservation efforts. First we speak with Topher White of Rainforest Connection, which deploys used cell phones in tropical forests around the world to provide real-time monitoring of...||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Madagascar mine worries locals and lemurs; plus, banjo frogs and whistling ducks in Australia||Our first guest for this edition of the Mongabay Newscast is Eddie Carver, a Mongabay contributor based in Madagascar who recently reported about a troubled company that is hoping to mine rare earth elements in Madagascar’s Ampasindava peninsula, to..||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpeaking from the heart on climate change with Katherine Hayhoe||“It was a complete breakthrough for me to realize that sharing from the heart, which is the opposite of what we’re taught to do as scientists, was the way for me to connect with people,” Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist, tells us in...||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaiwan's natural soundscapes and a critique of the global hydropower building boom||On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast we speak with Sarah Bardeen, the communications director for the NGO International Rivers. Bardeen wrote a commentary for Mongabay recently after attending an international gathering of...||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA wildlife DJ and a children’s book author inspiring the next generation of conservationists||On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we take a break from our usual science reporting to look at some of the ways nature inspires people to create art — and how they in turn use that art to inspire others to protect the natural world and its...||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem under threat, plus tracking bird movement in Puerto Rico||On this episode we welcome Gemma Tillack, agribusiness campaign director of the Rainforest Action Network, which has been very active in the global campaign to protect Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem, one of the richest, most biodiverse tropical...||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmazon Reef discovery discussed plus environmental journalism hits milestone in Latin America||On this episode, we welcome John Hocevar, a marine biologist and director of Greenpeace USA’s oceans campaigns. John was on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza to document the newly discovered Amazon Reef, and he talks about the uniqueness of the...||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy forests, why now? How tropical forests can survive and thrive||On this episode we speak with Frances Seymour, lead author of a new book Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change, which she co-authored with Jonah Busch. Seymour argues that...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSinging seals and a discussion of the “infrastructure tsunami” sweeping the planet||In this episode we feature Dr. Bill Laurance of James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, talking about his team's work documenting the planetary infrastructure boom and the need for more positive, less 'doom and gloom' science communication,...||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeep dive into marine wildlife study with bioacoustics||On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with Leah Barclay, a sound artist, acoustic ecologist, and researcher with Griffith University in South East Queensland, Australia. We discuss the ever broadening field of acoustic ecology, the...||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEyes in the skies for forests, plus mangrove finches on the rebound||On this episode we speak with Crystal Davis, the director of Global Forest Watch, a near-real-time forest monitoring system. GFW uses data from satellites and elsewhere to inform forest conservation initiatives and reporting worldwide. Davis shares...||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTech solutions for conservation and a chat with Harvard researchers||During this episode we speak with Sue Palminteri, editor of Mongabay’s WildTech site which highlights high- and low-tech solutions to challenges in conservation. She shares with us some of the most interesting technologies and...||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusician Paul Simon discusses his new environmental concert tour||On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we’re thrilled to feature a conversation with the one and only Paul Simon, who's just announced a tour in support of the environment. The 12-time Grammy-winning musician recently announced on...||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlmost Famous Animals - plus the songs of galagos||On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we welcome contributing editor Glenn Scherer to the program, who is responsible for Mongabay’s “Almost Famous Animals” series, which just wrapped up its second year with a focus on little-known Asian...||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAuthor and climate historian Naomi Oreskes on why scientists should speak out||With so much uncertainty around the new Trump Administration's environmental priorities, especially its energy and climate policies, this episode is dedicated to trying to answer some of the biggest questions. We welcome three guests:...||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReporter Sue Branford on journalism from the Amazon that makes a difference||This week we speak with journalist Sue Branford, a regular contributor to Mongabay who has been reporting from Brazil since 1979 for the BBC and others. Branford is one of the writers behind a hard-hitting new series in English and Portuguese that...||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE.O. Wilson talks about global biodiversity, Trump, Half-Earth, and hope||On this episode, we feature excerpts from a conversation with author and biologist E.O. Wilson, one of the greatest scientists of the last 100 years, who was recently interviewed by Mongabay senior correspondent Jeremy Hance about the Half Earth...||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYaks, curassows, and other cool species overlooked by conservation efforts||This week we’re joined by Joel Berger, a professor at Colorado State University and a senior scientist with the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, who recently wrote a commentary for Mongabay arguing that there are too many...||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTop new species discoveries of 2016, and how fig trees can save rainforests||This being the last Mongabay Newscast of 2016, we’re bringing you the top new species discoveries of the year. Here at Mongabay we report on a lot of environmental science and conservation news. It’s not always the most cheery subject matter,...||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUndiscovered Sumatran rhinos in the wilds of Malaysia? Maybe, or maybe not.||On episode seven of the Newscast we talk with Mongabay contributing editor for Southeast Asia Isabel Esterman, who is based in Cairo, Egypt, about the plight of Asian rhinos. Potential new evidence recently emerged that suggests there might be some...||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarl Safina discusses marine conservation under a Trump administration, and Rhett Butler shares the origins of Mongabay||Noted ecologist and author Carl Safina appears on this episode of the Mongabay Newscast to discuss the current state of marine conservation and its future under the Trump presidency. His latest book is "Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel,"...||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReport from the Climate Talks in Marrakesh and Salamander Conservation in Michoacan, Mexico||On this week's Newscast we hear from writer Justin Catanoso who's at the COP22 climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco filing reports for Mongabay.com. He shares his latest observations from this important UN conference and the mood of the delegates...||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndrea Crosta of Elephant Action League on “The Ivory Game” and orangutans under threat in Indonesia||Andrea Crosta of the Elephant Action League (EAL), one of the stars of the new Netflix documentary The Ivory Game, discusses how Chinese demand is driving the multi-billion dollar trade in ivory, as well as EAL’s project WildLeaks and the...||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCrucial conservation votes at CITES and the future of socio-ecological research||Mongabay’s India-based staff writer Shreya Dasgupta appears on this episode of the Newscast to discuss key votes held at the seventeenth congress of the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, also known as CITES...||10/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Mekong, Earth’s most climate-sensitive river delta, plus conservation in conflict zones||Newscast Episode #2||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMongabay Newscast #1: Panama's Barro Blanco Dam||Editor Rebecca Kessler on the environmental impacts of Panama's Barro Blanco Dam||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great little show.
Interesting show, wide range of guests talking about conservation news and science in an interesting way. Their conversations with biologists who play recordings from their work in the field are cool.
This is an absolute must listen if you care about our natural world. The hosts bring in top players in the conservation world (like EO Wilson!!) and discuss breaking news and topics that effect the environment. They manage to keep it light and fun but always incredibly informative.
Nature and science exploration
A nice exploration of environmental science and nature news, including comments from field conservationists, authors, and advocates. Mongabay is my favorite source of conservation news, so this is a great addition to their lineup.