In 2023, we revealed about 5,000 tales and greater than 1,600 movies throughout English, Spanish, Indonesian, Portuguese, Hindi, and French.The posts throughout our web sites attracted a mean of seven.01 million distinctive guests per 30 days.This put up critiques the ten most learn posts revealed on Mongabay’s Global English News web site.Eight of the ten most learn tales have been about biodiversity: Fish, cats, and herps every featured in two of the highest ten. Nepal and the Amazon made the record twice.
In 2023, Mongabay revealed about 5,000 tales and greater than 1,600 movies throughout English, Spanish, Indonesian, Portuguese, Hindi, and French.
The posts on our web sites attracted a mean of seven.01 million distinctive guests per 30 days. That tally doesn’t embody readership inside social media platforms or of our content material on third celebration websites that syndicate our tales.
This put up covers the most well-liked tales revealed on our Global English News web site, information.mongabay.com. The most learn tales on the English model of Mongabay-India shall be shared individually on india.mongabay.com.
Arapaima can develop to 200 kilograms (440 kilos), and it is a crucial supply of protein and earnings within the Amazon. Photo courtesy of Carlos Peres.
1. A freshwater big is a boon to Bolivian fishers, however an unknown for native species
The hottest story on information.mongabay.com in 2023 was a chunk by Iván Paredes Tamayo about Arapaima farming in Bolivia.
The story, which obtained almost half one million pageviews, was initially revealed in Spanish on Mongabay-Latam. The model on Mongabay News was translated by Megan Morrissey.
Introduced by accident to Bolivia from Peru in 1976, paiche (Arapaima gigas) has transitioned from being a shunned unique species to a valued financial asset for native fishers. It now constitutes as much as 70% of some rural fishers’ catch. But the place it’s current, native fish species have disappeared, elevating questions on its sustainability.
2. Top 15 species discoveries from 2022 (Photos)
As is commonly the case, our annual recap of newly described species was among the many hottest tales.
Liz Kimbrough’s article reviewed 15 species that have been first described by scientists in 2022.
3. Himalayan catfight looms as tigers, leopards enterprise into snow leopard land
The third hottest put up on information.mongabay.com in 2023 was Abhaya Raj Joshi’s article in regards to the prospect of battle between Nepal’s three large cat species — tigers, leopards and snow leopards — resulting from rising temperatures.
Conventional knowledge says tigers prevail within the nation’s southern plains, leopards within the mid-country hill area, and snow leopards within the Himalayas. But each tigers and leopards have been noticed at elevations above 3,000 meters (9,800 ft), properly inside snow leopard territory, though conservationists say tigers are much less more likely to persist at these altitudes over the long run.
A complicating issue is the encroachment of human settlements into increased altitudes, searching for extra appropriate circumstances and putting 4 apex species — together with people — in direct competitors.
4. South Africa: Little hope in inexperienced transition on the town with “the dirtiest air on the planet”.
Anna Majavu’s protection of a report on the advanced dynamics of a inexperienced vitality transition in South Africa ranked because the fourth most learn story.
The majority of South Africa’s coal manufacturing is within the northern province of Mpumalanga, together with 12 of the nation’s 15 coal-fired energy stations.
Research within the coal city of Carolina reveals that ladies endure in poor health well being as a result of close by mines and face sexual harassment and marginalization from formal trade jobs.
Women surveyed for a report nonetheless mentioned they concern for his or her future if the province’s coal trade is closed down as a part of a transition to less-polluting energy technology.
The Pallas’s cat, maybe the world’s grumpiest-looking small cat, is listed as being of least concern globally. In the northern a part of its vary, in international locations akin to Mongolia and Russia, inhabitants ranges are doing pretty properly, says PICA’s Emma Nygren. “But down within the western a part of the vary, and in addition the southwest, both we don’t actually know what’s taking place or we will see a decline.” Image by Chris Godfrey.
5. ‘Grumpiest cat’ leaves its calling card on the world’s highest mountain
Abhaya Raj Joshi, Mongabay’s workers author in Nepal, landed a second story on the highest 5 most learn record together with his piece a couple of research that documented the presence of the manul, or Pallas’s cat, on the slopes of Mount Everest.
6. Enviva, the world’s largest biomass vitality firm, is close to collapse
A November replace from Justin Catanoso in his ongoing sequence in regards to the forest biomass vitality trade took sixth place on our hottest record for 2023. Catanoso piece documented the monetary troubles of Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wooden pellets, which is struggling after it was revealed that it misrepresented its inexperienced credentials.
7. The high 10 most biodiverse international locations
Mongabay Founder and CEO Rhett Butler’s 2016 evaluation on the organic richness of nations once more made the most well-liked record. The rating is periodically updates to include new species counts as extra discoveries are made.
8. Mexico dismantles unlawful fishing cartels killing off uncommon vaquita porpoise
SEAL Environmental Journalism Award winner Maxwell Radwin’s piece in regards to the the Mexican authorities saying the arrest of totoaba poachers in Mexico ranked the eighth most learn story. Illegal totoaba fishing practices have contributed to the drastic inhabitants decline of vaquita, a small porpoise on the point of extinction.
9. Scientists make ‘uncommon’ new identification of snake household: Micrelapidae
Mactilda Mbenywe, a Y. Eva Tan fellow, was answerable for the ninth hottest story in 2023. Mbenywe reported on the choice to determine a brand new household of snakes, Micrelapidae, which stay in East Africa and the Middle East.
Atretochoana eiselti. Photo by Matt Roper.
10. ‘Penis snake’ found in Brazil is definitely a uncommon species of amphibian
Rounding out the highest ten was a perennial favourite: Rhett Ayers Butler’s 2012 piece in regards to the Atretochoana eiselti, an unusually massive species of caecilian that lives within the Amazon. The animal was sighted whereas engineers drained a portion of the Madeira River — a significant tributary of the Amazon — for the Santo Antonio Dam close to Porto Velho in Rondonia, Brazil.