A Rising Tide Sinks All Coastal Communities


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

No. 105, Nov. 7, 2019

Hello Revelator readers,

Greetings from an undisclosed location in the Sonoran Desert, where all of us on Team Revelator have gathered to discuss big new ideas and make plans for the busy months to come. You'll see the results of these conversations in the weeks ahead, but for now, let's get to this week's new links:

How will we protect coastal communities and ecosystems from climate change, sea-level rise and more powerful storms? As former EPA official Jeff Peterson writes in our latest essay, we already have some of the tools and programs we need — but they need to be put to use quickly, and we need to go even further.

We're stronger together than apart — that's an important theme running through November's new environmental books, which tackle climate resilience, human-wildlife coexistence, the Green New Deal and diversifying the environmental movement. Check out our picks for the month's best new books.

And how do we move forward in a world where the fossil-fuel industry is so entrenched? Legal expert Dan Farber provides 12 strategies to fight the oil industry and transform our energy system.

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Let's go a little deeper. Here are five additional stories that we're watching this week.

1. The Trump administration has moved to roll back yet another Obama-era regulation — this one aimed at limiting toxic pollution seeping from coal-burning power plants' waste ponds into water supplies.

2. A new report finds that the fastest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States is to build new solar and wind projects in the Midwest.

3. The United Kingdom has halted shale gas extraction after research showed we can't predict the probability or size of earthquakes generated by fracking.

4. Twitter is banning political ads, which is good, but here's why the move is also a gift to the oil industry.

5. Africa's vulturine guineafowl is the first bird species identified by scientists to have developed "complex" societies.

In case you missed it:

Artist Ralph Steadman and writer Ceri Levy have just launched their "Gonzovationist" website, inspired by their must-read art books. Check out our interview about their book Critical Critters.

What should we cover next?

Our stories rely on insight from experts and readers around the world, so we always welcome your ideas and inside scoops. We're also always open to expert commentary and op-eds from people working in conservation-related issues. Got something to say? Drop us a line anytime.

Coming up:

We'll address some big issues in the next few weeks, including wildlife trafficking, sustainable fashion, trophy hunting and a whole lot more.

Look for our latest links in next week's newsletter — or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the headlines as they go live. We also share other news there, too, so please join us and keep the discussion going.

As always, thank you for reading.

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator

 

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