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. 

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

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

COP25: World leaders debate global carbon trading playbook / Geographical

Any good parent knows you should never make a rule that…
December 9, 2019/by Matt-Maynard

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 against climate denial machine / Geographical

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