INTERVIEWS

Gabon - The Last Stand For Africa's Forest Elephant?

Sydney, Australia. In this interview with Professor Lee White, Director of Gabon's National Parks, it's easy to feel the frustration he and his team of dedicated conservationists - turned soldiers - are feeling towards the recent surge in elephant poaching, as they valiantly try to defend their African forests elephants from the battle hardened and heavily armed poachers, who've set their sights on the West African country of Gabon.

This interview was published in the Huffington Post and can be viewed here.


GOOGLE A FORCE FOR GOOD IN TACKLING DEFORESTATION

Mountain View, California. When Professor Carlos Souza of Brazil approached Google for the extra computing power he needed to calculate deforestation, he set into motion a chain of events that led to the development of their groundbreaking Earth Engine.

As Rebecca Moore, manager of the Earth Engine team explains, they immediately rose to the challenge and soon found themselves in an underground bunker in Utah retrieving 12 years worth of satellite imagery from NASA's Landsat satellite.

This interview was published in the Huffington Post and can be viewed here.

Charles Barber on the Complexities of Stopping Deforestation

Washington, DC: As the need to feed a burgeoning population is pitched against our ability to preserve rainforests, the need for people like Charles (Chip) Barber has never been greater.

Since graduating in 1989 from UC Berkeley, Chip has spent the last twenty five years working to defend our forests. Having served as 'Chief of Forests' at the U.S. State Department, Chip is no stranger to deftly navigating and balancing the numerous economic, legal and often unseen drivers of illegal logging and deforestation. All realities of a modern-day Earth.

This original interview was on Huffington Post

Defaunation: Loss of Animals, Threatening Rainforests and Public Health

Palo Alto, California: It gets flagged by my spellchecker and is yet to make it into the Oxford dictionary, but "defaunation", a phrase coined by Professor Rodolfo Dirzo of the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University, describes a phenomena that's posing a serious threat to rainforests and public health.

In the following interview, Professor Dirzo explains how he came up with the name and how, while a forest may look healthy on the outside, the poaching of animals for bush meat and illegal trade, is leading to a disruption of carnivore and herbivore populations.

The original interview was on Huffington Post here

Global Forest Watch: A New Frontier in the Battle Against Illegal Logging

I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Nigel Sizer, Global Director of the Forests Program for the World Resources Institute.

In this interview he discusses Global Forest Watch, a satellite monitoring system, which powered by Google's Earth Engine is capable of detecting illegal logging across the world; in near-realtime.

The original interview can be found on Huffington Post here

Mike Hands and Inga Alley Cropping: A Frontline Defense Against Slash-and-Burn Farming and Rainforest Destruction

Jungle Bird interviews tropical ecologist Mike Hands of the Inga Foundation and learns more about his inga alley cropping system and how this can help with the challenge of slash and burn farming.

Contributing more carbon emissions than global transportation, slash-and-burn farming is one of the greatest forces in rainforest destruction.

This interview was published in Huffington Post and can be viewed here.

Living in a Tree for a Year, This Is Miranda Gibson's Story

30 year old Miranda Gibson climbed a Eucalyptus tree in the Southern forests of Tasmania, South West Australia and lived there for a year.

Suspended on a makeshift platform 60 meters in the air, Miranda demands protection for the ancient forests that surround her, and through a clever mix of social media and pure determination is focusing global attention on her cause.

Speaking with Miranda from her Observation Tree I learned this about her epic tree sit.

Huffington Post: Living in a Tree for a Year, This Is Miranda Gibson's Story here