Over the course of 2020, Mongabay published more than 5,000 stories, which collectively had on-site readership of 140 million pageviews. The reach of this content was further amplified by readership within social media and by the many third party outlets that syndicate our stories. We’ll be sharing more information on our most popular articles and readership, as well as details on some of the impacts of our reporting, in subsequent posts. This post reviews some of the investigations we undertook in 2020. Some of these investigations were collaborative efforts with other news outlets and agencies. Global Commodities kingpin leaves a troubling legacy in Moldova: This Mongabay investigation traced the rise and fall of a billion-dollar commodities cartel in Eastern Europe, finding it relied on money laundering, tax avoidance and state capture. Over more than six months, reporters reviewed hundreds of court filings, corporate and property records, and carried out interviews with those involved to reveal how the deals were done and where the money went. Despite mounting evidence of impropriety by the group, major development banks continued to fund its projects, lending legitimacy to its operations. A former U.S. ambassador to Moldova who is employed by the country’s top commodities baron is being investigated for his links to the company. World Bank’s investments in factory farms: Over the past 10 years, the World Bank’s private investment arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has put more than $1.8 billion into major livestock and factory farming companies across the world. While the…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer