5 Reasons to Rethink the Future of Dams

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No. 156, Oct. 29, 2020

Hello Revelator readers,

We've written a lot about dams over the past few years. Now Tara Lohan looks back at our coverage and reveals five reasons to rethink the future of dams.

A new database allows anyone to get a snapshot of the health of coral reefs around the world — and use that information to benefit local conservation efforts. Read about MERMAID.

When a billionaire-owned media outlet fails to cover the truth about climate change, should the public take a stand? Our latest op-ed explores how Extinction Rebellion protesters took action against climate-denying UK newspapers.


In 2017 we asked: "What environmental issues give nightmares to horror writers?" (We wonder what their answers would be now.)

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Here are five more stories we're watching this week.  

1. "With Justice Barrett, a Tectonic Court Shift on the Environment" (Yale Environment 360)

2. "Revealed: The Full Extent of Trump's 'Meat Cleaver' Assault on U.S. Wilderness" (The Guardian)

3. "Fight Over Snake River Dams Is Likely Going Back to Court" (OPB)

4. "As Their Population Plummets, Right Whales Are on Verge of Extinction" (The Boston Globe)

5. "The Town That Built Back Green" (The Washington Post)

What should we cover next?

Our stories rely on insight from experts, frontline activists and readers around the world — especially these days, when so much damage is being done behind the scenes, out of the public eye. We want to hear from you, so please drop us a line anytime.

Coming up:

We've got a lot of work in development, including surprising news about renewable energy and a look at the moral fabric of sustainability. Plus, some extra inspiration before the election.

Look for our latest links in next Thursday's newsletter — or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for headlines as they go live.

As always, thank you for reading — and stay safe.

John R. Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator


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Photo of dam removal in California's Cleveland National Forest by Julie Donnell/USFS.

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