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 2014.

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 personally leading an expedition to collect snow samples from a 6000m Andean summit to help further understanding of black-carbon contamination. 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’s crisis set to reframe UN climate conference – Geographical

Climate change is affecting the world's most vulnerable.…
October 28, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

Chile’s “Sacrifice Zones” – Geographical

The Chilean President collected a prize for his commitments…
October 21, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

Investigation of Anglo American mining – DeSmogUK

Over the course of five months in 2019 I investigated the…
October 16, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

Investigación de la multinacional Anglo American – Interferencia

Durante cinco meses el 2019 investigué a la empresa minera…
October 16, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

Thunberg strikes back agains climate denial machine / Geographical

Swedish 16 year old climate activist Greta Thunberg testified…
September 24, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

Sidestepping industrial greenwashing at COP25 / DeSmog

This August I covered the launch of the citizen led movement…
August 10, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

No dam way: Will climate change kill Chile’s controversial Alto Maipo hydro project? / MSc

A Carbon Management MSc investigation, Edinburgh Geo Sciences



The…
July 4, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

Analysis of Chile’s Decarbonisation / Reuters

SANTIAGO, June 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Chile's new…
June 8, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

Andean plane mystery / Geographical

How do you engage people on a big scary issue like climate…
June 5, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

Search for Star Dust / Rab

In February 2019 I led a three man 15-day expedition into…
April 27, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

Accommodating informality in the global south

A summary of recent literature re. win-wins of low-carbon transition…
April 23, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

Generation Change / Geographical

Words by Matt Maynard
Photos by Robin Loznak
 

My April…
March 22, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

Searching for Star Dust / Red Bull

March 7, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

The 3000km Trespass / Geographical

It takes some careful pitching of ideas and an understanding…
January 21, 2019/by Matt-Maynard
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