It was a packed yr on Mongabay’s podcast calendar, with a brand new season of “Mongabay Explores” taking a deep dive into the Congo Basin.At the identical time, the Mongabay Newscast continued publishing conversations with main researchers, authors and activists, and it launched a brand new co-host, Rachel Donald.Our high 10 checklist contains examinations of the Congo Basin’s cobalt mining trade, a dialog with a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, a botanist discussing the worrying decline of botany schooling, and a National Geographic photographer’s undertaking highlighting the important thing position of conventional ecological data for Indigenous communities and conservation.
In 2023, Mongabay launched the fourth season of its serial podcast, “Mongabay Explores,” highlighting the Congo Basin. The six-part collection takes an in depth take a look at the second-largest rainforest on this planet, the distinctive biodiversity it comprises, and the social and ecological challenges it faces.
1. Mongabay Explores the Congo Basin: The ‘coronary heart of the world’ is at a turning level
Our first “Explores” episode featured friends Adamas Cassinga and Joe Eisen, who offered deep background on the distinctive wildlife and conservation challenges of the Congo Basin.
2. Congo Basin communities ignored by ‘fortress conservation’ struggle for a manner again in
The second Congo Basin episode was additionally some of the listened-to within the collection. This frank examination of the troubling historical past of “fortress conservation” within the Congo Basin featured Goldman Prize winner Samuel Nguiffo, Mongabay options author Ashoka Mukpo and Congolese educational Vedaste Cituli.
The Batwa Pygmies had been evicted from their house lands within the forest within the early Nineties when the Mghinga Gorilla National Park was established, leaving them landless and poor in a society that noticed them as a decrease class. Image courtesy of USAID Biodiversity & Forestry / Flickr.
3. What wouldn’t it value to guard the Congo Rainforest?
The fifth Congo Basin episode examined the advanced net of damaged guarantees behind forest safety and potential pathways to getting cash the place specialists say it’s most wanted. Guests included Paulo Cerruti from CIFOR-ICRAF, Chadrack Kafuti from Ghent University, Wahida Patwa-Shah of the UNDP Climate Hub, and Lee White, the previous minister of surroundings for Gabon, shortly earlier than the nation skilled a coup d’état.
4. Botanists are disappearing at a crucial time
Our earliest (and hottest) episode of 2023 featured visitor Sebastian Stroud, a Ph.D. candidate in city ecology and botany on the University of Leeds. This fascinating dialogue probed the curious decline in botany teaching programs and the potential hurt this might trigger within the world struggle in opposition to biodiversity loss and local weather change.
5. Goodbye to blue skies? The bother with engineered options
Should the world pump particles into the ambiance to fight local weather change? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer Elizabeth Kolbert stated we needs to be skeptical of engineered options like this, and described a litany of situations the place humanity has made ecological issues worse with tried options.
6. What Indigenous data can train the world about saving biodiversity
Photographer Kiliii Yuyan joined the podcast to debate the worth of conventional ecological data. He’s at present engaged on a media marketing campaign with National Geographic highlighting 5 areas of the world, the Indigenous communities that steward these lands, and the data they’ve to supply.
With a dip internet, Karuk fisherman Ryan Reed searches for Chinook salmon below the watchful eye of his father, Ron, on California’s Klamath River at Ishi Pishi Falls in October 2020. The Reeds caught no fish—in stark distinction to earlier occasions. Before California grew to become a state, the river noticed about 500,000 salmon every fall, however final yr simply 53,954 mature Chinook swam up, a 90 p.c decline. The nation now restricts salmon fishing to Ishi Pishi Falls, however with the slated elimination of 4 dams, the Karuk hope the salmon will return. Image (c) Kiliii Yuyan.
7. Guyana will get ‘Drilled’: Weighing South America’s newest oil growth with Amy Westervelt
Award-winning investigative journalist and podcaster Amy Westervelt spoke with us in regards to the eighth season in her acclaimed podcast collection “Drilled,” which focuses on a deal between Guyana and ExxonMobil to faucet oil reserves off the coast of Georgetown.
8. Climate change isn’t any joke for Australians, says award-winning comic Dan Ilic
Investigative humorist and podcaster Dan Ilic shared his recipe for speaking the cruel realities of local weather change with hope, humor, and catharsis. This candid episode recorded on-site in Sydney additionally options Ilic’s perception into the dialog round environmental safety in Australia.
9. How our group debunked the U.N.’s local weather neutrality claims
The United Nations shouldn’t be local weather impartial, regardless of its claims. In this episode, Jacob Goldberg defined how the New Humanitarian and Mongabay carried out an investigation that discovered a big chunk of carbon credit bought by the group don’t signify precise emissions reductions.
Laborers at Land Rover’s wind power undertaking purposed for carbon finance in India. Inage by Land Rover Our Planet by way of Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0).
10. A simply power transition requires higher governance & fairness within the DRC
What does a “simply” power transition seem like within the Congo Basin? Profits produced from mining crucial minerals within the world power transition are largely not making their solution to native and Indigenous populations, sources say. Mongabay interviewed Christian-Géraud Neema Byamungu and Joseph Itongwa Mukumo for this crucial take a look at the cobalt mining trade within the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bonus: Climate loss & injury fund ‘the furthest factor conceivable from successful’
Rounding out the checklist is the inaugural episode that includes Mongabay’s new podcast co-host, Rachel Donald, who took an in-depth take a look at the U.N.’s local weather loss and injury fund and the arm-twisting that occurred on the U.N. Transitional Committee negotiations. This world fund, initially centered round reparations for local weather impacts suffered by low- and middle-income nations, now not mandates that rich industrialized international locations pay into it, and the funds are to be administered as loans as an alternative of grants. These are developments that visitor Brandon Wu of ActionAid USA known as “the furthest factor conceivable from successful.”
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Rachel Donald is an investigative reporter and journalism lecturer based mostly in London. She hosts the podcast Planet: Critical and her newest ideas may be discovered on 𝕏 by way of @CrisisReports and at Bluesky by way of @racheldonald.bsky.social.
Mike DiGirolamo is Mongabay’s viewers engagement affiliate, based mostly in Sydney. He co-hosts and edits the Mongabay Newscast. Find him on LinkedIn, Bluesky, and Instagram.
Banner Image: Larry Lucas Kaleak listens to the sounds of passing whales and bearded seals by way of a skinboat paddle within the water. The sounds of bearded seals and bowhead whales are distinctive and distinctive, and may be simply heard within the vibrations of the wood paddle. Image (c) Kiliii Yuyan.
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