A Catastrophe in Hawaii

This week's investigative reporting, analysis and environmental news.
The Revelator
Hawaiian petrel

No. 138, June 25, 2020

Hello Revelator readers,

Hawaii is often referred to as "the extinction capital of the world" — and it could stay that way if we don't deal with invasive predators, which are a catastrophe for endangered seabirds. But new research proves that with the right protection, these birds can thrive.

Summer has arrived and so has wildfire season in the West. Two recent studies tell us not only how the problem is going to get worse, but how to solve it.

Declaring a species extinct too soon can delay critical conservation efforts if it's later rediscovered. Case in point.

Miami is on the front lines of the U.S. climate crisis. Journalist Mario Alejandro Ariza's new book takes a critical look at the larger lessons for all our hometowns.

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

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

1. "A Clean-energy Project on Lake Erie Faces Stiff Head Winds Because of Warblers and Waterfowl" (The Washington Post)

2. "Revealed: Millions of Americans Can't Afford Water as Bills Rise 80% in a Decade" (The Guardian)

3. "Temperature Hits 100 Degrees in Arctic Russian Town" (Associated Press)

4. "Trump Water Rule Halted in Colo., Can Take Effect Elsewhere" (Bloomberg Law)

5. "New Monkey Species Found Hiding in Plain Sight" (National Geographic)

In case you missed it:

Elephant feet + frogs = a perfect combination.

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're hearing a lot about the idea of "universal basic income" lately. We'll examine how it could help address climate change.

Also coming soon, scary news for snakes (and people).

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

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

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator


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Photo of Hawaiian petrel by Ken Chamberlain

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