ALERT continued its remarkable growth in 2018—all thanks to you. We’re now reaching around 15 million people yearly, with up to 2 million readers on any particular week.
Here are the most singular stories from ALERT in 2018—some of the hottest and most mind-blowing environmental issues of the year.
OUR TOP THREE BLOGS
Out of 37 new blogs in 2018, these three drew the strongest reactions from readers.
China is the overpowering driver of environmental change in the world today. Does it care what anyone else thinks? Over 30,000 people commented on or liked this blog.
Fences are spreading all over the planet, greatly disrupting wildlife movements. Over 27,000 readers reacted to the story.
Some 25,000 people reacted to this account of the precarious nature of big infrastructure projects. Many projects are now failing, leaving huge environmental damage and financial losses in their wake.
OUR TOP THREE VIDEOS
ALERT videos provide snapshots of critical eco-issues. Out of nine new videos in 2018, here are the three most popular.
The Belt & Road is the biggest development project ever—involving thousands of projects and trillions of dollars across much of the world. Its environmental impacts will be stunning. More than 800,000 people watched this video while 22,000 commented or shared it.
Papua, or Indonesian New Guinea, is one of the world’s greatest wild areas and an epicentre of biological and cultural diversity. It’s being sliced apart by a massive road network that will open up the forest like a flayed fish. This blog drew 730,000 viewers and over 12,000 reactions.
Beyond its environmental impacts, the Chinese Belt & Road venture also has great economic risks, many hidden or poorly understood and with layers of corruption. More than 370,000 viewed this video and 6,000 reacted to it.
OUR TOP TWEETS
ALERT has blasted into the Twitter-Verse in a big way, with 307 tweets in 2018. Here are the four tweets that drew the biggest reactions in terms of how many people read, liked, or retweeted them.