Climate change and environmental stories, from the Darién Gap to Antarctica

I’m a writer and photographer of climate, environment and mountain stories. I’ve been based in the Chilean Andes above Santiago since 2011.

My writing is brazenly independent and draws on scientific understanding from MSc studies in Carbon Management. It draws extensively on interviews with scientists, researchers and policy makers – meeting them in the jungles of the Darién Gap or collecting snow samples from an Andean summit. My stories speak truth to power when necessary whilst being sensitive to the subtleties of developing stories.

I have investigated big industry environmental damage in the Chilean fishing industry; trawled through environmental policy statements and held politicians to account on their carbon economics at IPCC climate conferences.  

If there is a story to be told from the field, I’ll join a road block to report on air pollution or slink through wolf habitat in Sweden to investigate rewilding. 

Currently I am interviewing young people for a investigative story about the millenial climate uprising of 2018. I’m also photographing and reporting on Chile’s progress to pass the Ley de Montaña (Law of the Mountain), whilst section hiking and documenting the 3000K Greater Patagonian Trail – aka the world’s longest trespass – from my base in Santiago, Chile. 

Chile tails China in rush for electric buses and air quality

December 18, 2018/by Matt-Maynard

Elemental Running / Trail Running

A story about rewilding, wolves, whisky and a spot of running…
November 28, 2018/by Matt-Maynard

Juliana vs US / Geographical

For the last year I have been following the story of 21 youths…
November 1, 2018/by Matt-Maynard

Electric Cool / Geographical

 

For the October issue of Geographical magazine…
September 24, 2018/by Matt-Maynard

The Silent Giants of Pentland Firth / Geographical

This August 2018 I investigated the burgeoning tidal energy…
September 13, 2018/by Matt-Maynard

Salmon Farming in Patagonia / Geographical

This May 2018 I got a tip-off that a Chilean salmon farming company…
June 15, 2018/by Matt-Maynard

Climate Nexus / Geographical

May 7, 2018/by Matt-Maynard

Where the Wild Things Are / Escapism

In late August of 2017 I wrangled the opportunity to visit the…
April 14, 2018/by Matt-Maynard

Science and politics find uneasy mix at IPCC / Geographical

When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change met in Edmonton…
March 8, 2018/by Matt-Maynard

To Kill a Glacier / Geographical

February 24, 2018/by Matt-Maynard

Does UK’s Environment Plan go far enough? / Geographical

On January 11th the British Prime Minister launched the government's…
January 13, 2018/by Matt-Maynard

Walking with Wolves / BBC

In September last year I followed the scent of wolves into the…
December 22, 2017/by Matt-Maynard

“Riding” the London overground / self published

December 7, 2017/by Matt-Maynard

Heart of Darién / Geographical

In May 2017 I travelled to the Panamanian jungle on the border…
November 20, 2017/by Matt-Maynard
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