A Dam Reckoning on Clean Energy

This week's investigative reporting, analysis and environmental news.
The Revelator
Muskrat Falls

No. 155, Oct. 22, 2020

Hello Revelator readers,

As U.S. states look to decarbonize, can they help solve their energy problems without driving other kinds of environmental harm? That's at the center of a debate about whether hydroelectricity imported from big dams in Canada should be a part of the solution.

Millions of birds migrate in fall, and their journeys are made more dangerous by invisible barriers we've constructed: glass windows. An ecologist at Canada's York University engaged school officials in a solution. Here's how she did it.

American environmentalism's racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation, with dire consequences that persist today. Social scientist Prakash Kashwan explains how to help correct this legacy.

Dig deeper:

Fossil fuel companies aren't the only ones pushing delay and denial on climate action. Energy policy expert Leah Stokes has uncovered another group that's been quietly throwing up speed bumps for decades.

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

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

1. "Wave of Lawsuits Coming Over Pendley's BLM Decisions" (E&E News)

2. "Exxon Spends Millions on Facebook to Keep the Fossil Fuel Industry Alive" (In These Times)

3. "Crisis in the Galápagos: Chinese Fishing Fleets and COVID-19 Threaten a Natural Wonder" (Los Angeles Times)

4. "Why We Need to Build Batteries Better" (Energy Monitor)

5. "Dying Birds and the Fires: Scientists Work to Unravel a Great Mystery" (The Guardian)

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:

In searching for climate solutions, have you checked your clothes closet? We'll explain next week why you should.

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.

Tara Lohan

Tara Lohan
Deputy Editor, The Revelator


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