No. 179, April 8, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
This week we launch a new feature, “Species Spotlight,” where conservationists around the globe bring you details about endangered wildlife, the threats they face, and what needs to be done to protect them. First up: the Asian small-clawed otter.
We hear a lot about Pacific salmon, but Atlantic salmon are also perilously close to extinction in the United States. Taking down a few dams could go a long way toward aiding their recovery.
Anyone who’s received a vaccine — including the millions who’ve so far obtained COVID-19 vaccines — has benefited from bacterial tests made from horseshoe crabs’ blood. Helping these “living fossils,” especially the three Asian species, could start with a substitute for their blood.
From the archives:
Is it too late to save “America’s Amazon”?
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Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. “Florida’s Crisis Highlights a Nationwide Risk From Toxic Ponds” (The New York Times)
2. “The True Cost of Fossil Fuel Subsidies” (Heated)
3. “Births Among Endangered Right Whales Highest Since 2015” (AP)
4. “California Is on the Brink of Drought — Again. Is it Ready?” (The Guardian)
5. “U.K. to Fund Underwater Camera Network to Monitor Deep Ocean Wildlife” (Huffpost)
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 seems to be happening so fast. We want to hear from you, so please drop us a line anytime.
How has the pandemic affected fish? We’ll have the surprising answer soon, along with a look at elephant economics.
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As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe and connected.