An Antidote to Environmental Despair

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

No. 149, Sept. 10, 2020

Hello Revelator readers,

There's a lot of bad environmental news out there. But here's something good: Badly damaged landscapes can be restored, and many people are working to do just that. In her new book The Reindeer Chronicles, Judith Schwartz takes readers across the world to see how these projects work and how they're inspiring others.

Federal officials just busted a huge wildlife-trafficking ring. It's a big win. But the larger, global problem persists — threatening tens of thousands of species, causing extinctions, hurting people and spreading disease. Here are 10 things to know about wildlife trafficking and what's being done to stop it.

Dive deeper:

Headline-grabbing wildfires are burning across the West, but recent scientific studies have found that climate change won't affect the region — or its fires — uniformly.  

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

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

1. "Federal Report Warns of Financial Havoc From Climate Change" (The New York Times)

2. "In Reversal, Trump to Ban Oil Drilling Off Coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina" (The Washington Post)

3. "Illegal Devices That Bypass Vehicle Emissions Controls Spread Across U.S." (The Guardian)

4. "National Monument Proposed for Southern Nevada Tribal Lands" (AP)

5. "Bringing the Endangered Vancouver Island Marmot Back From the Brink" (The Narwhal)

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:

Is the power from big hydro projects really clean and green? One region's banking on that, but the real story is more complicated.

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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