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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.

    Are tuna species recovering as well as news reports say? It's complicated.

    Are tuna species recovering as well as news reports say? It's complicated.

    We look at some of the biggest news from the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress, like the upgraded conservation status of 4 tuna species, including Atlantic bluefin.
    Is it really OK to eat such tuna now, as some media outlets reported? Are bluefin no longer endangered, but a species of 'least concern?' Well, it's complicated.
    Mongabay staff writer Elizabeth Claire Alberts was at the event and discusses important news and motions that passed, like Indigenous peoples' role in conservation and a resounding rebuke of deep sea mining, for instance. 
    Then, Pew Charitable Trusts’ senior officer for international fisheries Grantly Galland discusses the reassessments of tuna extinction risks released by the IUCN during the event, and he shares why species-level assessments don’t tell us the whole story about tuna populations.
    Articles and podcast eps mentioned during the show: 
    • ​​”‘Global Indigenous Agenda’ for land rights, conservation launched at IUCN congress” by Ashoka Mukpo 
    • ”Podcast: Two tunas and a tale of managed extinction” (episode 118 of the Mongabay Newscast)
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    Episode artwork: Atlantic bluefin tuna. Photo by Richard Herrmann/Pew.
     
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    • 39 min
    Mongabay Reports: Can climate-friendly agroforestry transform farming in the U.S. Midwest?

    Mongabay Reports: Can climate-friendly agroforestry transform farming in the U.S. Midwest?

    Monocultures of corn and soybeans carpet 75% of the U.S. Midwest, leading to soil erosion, water pollution, and massive greenhouse gas emissions.
    However, a new wave of farmers is breaking the monocrop monotony by growing these annuals between long rows of perennial shrubs like American hazelnuts, which keep soils intact while harboring beneficial bugs and sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere.
    Hazelnuts are a huge market internationally and have big potential in the U.S. either as a snack or an oilseed, since the fatty acid profile is very similar to olive oil.
    Listen to an April 2021 report published at Mongabay.com about this news via this episode of Mongabay Reports, which shares evergreen articles from Mongabay.com, read by host Mike DiGirolamo.
    This episode features the popular article, "Nuts about agroforestry in the U.S. Midwest: Can hazelnuts transform farming?"
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    Episode artwork: Hazelnuts. Photo by George Hodan, CC0 Public Domain
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    • 16 min
    The evidence for successful nature conservation

    The evidence for successful nature conservation

    The scientific evidence for what kinds of nature conservation programs actually work is always changing, and the use of such evidence should be standard practice when creating new programs, our two guests on this episode argue.
    Hiromi Yamashita & Andrew Bladon with the Conservation Evidence Group join us to discuss their massive new “What Works In Conservation 2021” report, which evaluates scientific evidence for the success of conservation initiatives.
    Yamashita shares her work on how traditional and local knowledge benefit conservation initiatives--especially around coastal conservation projects--while Bladon provides a broad overview and details about the newest sections added to their latest report, like the evidence for mammal conservation project successes or failures:
    What Works in Conservation, 2021 Also discussed is Mongabay’s Conservation Effectiveness series, which looks at the scientific evidence for a number of strategies, from forest certification to marine protected areas and payments for ecosystem services:
    Mongabay/Conservation Effectiveness series Please invite your friends to subscribe to the Mongabay Newscast wherever they get podcasts, or download our free app in the Apple App Store or in the Google Store to get access to our latest episodes at your fingertips.
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    Episode artwork: NGO staffers are deeply involved in programs aimed at species conservation. Photo by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay.
     
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    • 57 min
    Mongabay Reports: ‘Extinction denial’ is the latest anti-science conspiracy theory

    Mongabay Reports: ‘Extinction denial’ is the latest anti-science conspiracy theory

    There’s a growing refusal by some to acknowledge the ongoing global extinction crisis being driven by human actions, conservation scientists say.
    These views are pushed by many of the same people who also downplay the impacts of climate change, and go against the actual evidence of widespread species population declines and recent extinctions.
    Listen to a September 2020 report published at Mongabay.com about this news via this episode of Mongabay Reports, which shares evergreen articles from Mongabay.com, read by host Mike DiGirolamo.
    This episode features the popular article, "Biologists warn 'exctinction denial' is the latest anti-science conspiracy theory."
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    Episode artwork: The golden lion tamarin is an endangered species native to Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Photo via Toronto Zoo.
     
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    • 8 min
    What can seashells tell us about the oceans' health?

    What can seashells tell us about the oceans' health?

    Environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett joins this episode to discuss her fascinating new book, "The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans," about the many ways humans have prized seashells for millennia, using them as money, jewelry, and art, plus how seashells help us examine the challenges marine environments are facing today.
    We’re also joined by Mongabay's Philippines-based staff writer Leilani Chavez, who describes the incredible marine biodiversity found in the Philippines' waters (among the best in the world) and why there’s a movement to expand conservation efforts beyond the extensive coral reef systems.
    View Leilani's recent report about Philippines’ MPAs and links to related coverage, here:
    • With growing pressures, can the Philippines sustain its marine reserves?”
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    Episode artwork: A selection of gastropods via Wikimedia Commons.
     
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    • 59 min
    Optimism for elephants fuels effective Indigenous conservation effort

    Optimism for elephants fuels effective Indigenous conservation effort

    Top conservation photographer Ami Vitale rejoins the show to discuss the work of an Indigenous-owned elephant sanctuary in Kenya, where she has shot a wonderful, new, heart-melting film called Shaba. We discuss the Samburu people's inspiring and 'stubborn optimism' for the species, what they are acheiving at Reteti Sanctuary, and new things they're learning about this intriguing, super intelligent, and endangered species.
    Then, for this World Elephant Day special, we speak with Duke University researcher John Poulsen about forest elephants of Central/West Africa: why this species is special, how they're key to the health of its rainforest home, and what his research team is learning about their conservation.
    Want more? Listen to episode 85 (January 2020) to hear Ami discuss how meeting and photographing the last northern white rhino changed her life, and episode 95 (May 2020) features amazing recordings of forest elephant communication, shared by Elephant Listening Project researcher Ana Verahrami. This episode is our most popular one to date, download-wise.
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    Episode artwork: Orphaned savanna elephant calves recuperate at Reteti Sanctuary before their eventual release, photo courtesy of Ami Vitale.
     
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    • 57 min

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31 Ratings

T Drinker ,

Environmental stories that deserve our attention

The interviews and background information provided with each podcast is a wonderful approach to highlighting important stories that often overlooked. Episode 44 about Mexico’s Ejidos community for instance. Great work!

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Great topical podcast!

It’s great to find a podcast so focused on the topic of conservation, that goes in depth on issues. Covers a wide range of perspectives from many experts, with great journalistic integrity.

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Great Reporting!

Mongabay is my go-to source for conservation news. I enjoy the updates on global issues as well as interesting interviews with biologists, researchers and activists. Indigenous perspectives and experiences are highlighted and elevated. Thanks for this awesome work!

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