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

I’m a writer and photographer of climate, environment and mountain stories and hold an MSc in Carbon Management (what the heck to do about climate change). I’ve been based in the Chilean Andes above Santiago since 2014.

My writing is brazenly independent and 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.

Through 2019 and 2020 I investigated and uncovered the Swiss norm error by mining giant Anglo American, exposing their impact on the hydrological security of Santiago´s 7million. I’ve also worked on exposing environmental destruction by the Chilean fishing industry, poisoning of children by coal power plants in Quintero; trawled through thousands of pages of environmental impact assessments 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 have just finished the 4000 word story Global South Solutions for the Geographical magazine special COP26 edition this November, interviewing scientists, activists and politicians from the global south about how the climate crisis they did so little to create is biting hardest in their territories.

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Rewilding by Numbers

August 18, 2022/by Matt-Maynard

A Park for the People / Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine

For the July / August issue of Ecologist and Resurgence Magazine…
June 26, 2022/by Matt-Maynard

Iceberg Hustlers / Geographical Magazine

The following is an extract from my feature story for…
May 25, 2022/by Matt-Maynard

The case of the disappearing deer / The Guardian Environment

May 19, 2022/by Matt-Maynard

Global South Solutions / Geographical

Citizens of the global south have done the least to cause…
November 13, 2021/by Matt-Maynard

Taking the ego out of adventure / Geographical

I wrote this feature story for @geographical_magazine recently,…
June 1, 2021/by Matt-Maynard

Queremos Parque / Runner’s World

Runner's World doubled-down with this double-page spread from…
April 12, 2021/by Matt-Maynard

Anglo American evalúa comprar todo el Santuario de la Naturaleza Los Nogales / Interferencia

This story for Chilean investigative news house Interferencia…
March 3, 2021/by Matt-Maynard

Democratise the mountains / Thomson Reuters Foundation

A feature story and photo package for Thompson Reuters Foundation…
January 26, 2021/by Matt-Maynard

Investigation. Anglo American’s error undermines its promise of no glacier impacts for $3bn Chilean copper project / Desmog

For the last year I have been investigating a local glacier…
July 2, 2020/by Matt-Maynard

Coronavirus’ real impact on the climate / Geographical

Covid-19 has forced us to reduce destructive atmospheric…
April 1, 2020/by Matt-Maynard

A Climate of Inequality / Patagon Journal

In the 21st issue of Patagon Journal I wrote and provided…
February 15, 2020/by Matt-Maynard

COP25: Europe’s Green Deal opens door to global climate disaster politics / Geographical

Hope is the last to die, and the Paris Agreement created…
December 17, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

COP25: Citizens and scientists unite behind climate injustice / Geographical

Brandon Wu is director of campaigns and policy at Action…
December 12, 2019/by Matt-Maynard
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