A Living Will for Critically Endangered Species

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

No. 30, May 31, 2018

Hello Revelator readers,

What if animals could sign contracts and declare their wishes about their impending extinctions? It might look something like this: a living will for critically endangered species. It's gallows humor for a very serious subject.

On a different note, President Trump is still calling for his border wall, and that's going to cause problems for wildlife and people. In the biodiversity-rich Rio Grande Valley, the existing border barriers are already causing troubles for rare birds, plants, ocelots and other species. They're also putting local businesses at risk, as birdwatching tourists choose to vacation in places where wildlife won't be affected by walls. We take a look at how more border barriers could harm this important habitat.

Would you put your life on the line for a rhino or elephant? Around the globe, wildlife rangers do that every day, and at least 100 of them pay the ultimate price each year. Find out how this important job weighs heavily on the people protecting the world's wild spaces.

We end this week with a little bit of history: a look at the Wake Island rail, a flightless bird that went extinct as a direct result of World War II. It's a sad story, but one that deserves to be remembered.

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Looking for a new book to read? Check out our list of the best eco-books published in May, including titles about climate change, whales, public lands and a whole lot more.

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That's it for this week. As always, thanks for reading.

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator

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