Arizona's Win-win Saving Jaguars, Creating Jobs

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

No. 85, June 20, 2019

Hello Revelator readers,

Here's a new idea in jaguar conservation: A for-profit enterprise is taking a unique approach in Arizona by protecting land deemed critical for big-cat migration and creating economic opportunities for local businesses. Can a restoration economy beat the region's extraction economy? We explore in a new feature story.

In California a sweeping new bill could drastically slash single-use plastics and hold manufacturers responsible for their waste. Here's a look at how it could change the way the country handles plastic pollution.

Our actions on social media can have a big impact on wildlife and conservation. Many images that appear cute may actually depict animals in dangerous situations. Here's how to tell what's safe to share.

The traditional practice of using underwater fences to trap fish isn't widely known, but as our new video shows, it's a big threat to tropical marine ecosystems.

A few weeks ago we published a piece on why many species go extinct long before they're officially pronounced gone. This week we dig further into this terrain with a piece on why plant extinctions often go unnoticed.

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

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

1. In a huge rollback of climate policy, the Trump administration issued its new ruling for power plant emissions, calling for a mere 35 percent reduction by 2030 — less than what the industry is already on track to achieve.

2. Prospects for uranium mining are officially off the table in Virginia after a decision by the Supreme Court upheld a state ban.

3. Researchers were startled to find that Arctic permafrost has already begun thawing, something that wasn't expected until 2090.

4. Canada's government approved a pipeline that could carry a million barrels of oil a day from Alberta to British Columbia's coast — just a day after declaring a national climate emergency.

5. A fire on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland 50 years ago has been credited with helping to spur the passage of the Clean Water Act and igniting an environmental movement, but here's what really happened.

In case you missed it:

This week's rollback of the Clean Power Plan has everyone talking about coal. Here's one reminder of why coal-fired power plants can be so dangerous.

What should we cover next?

Drop us a line anytime. We welcome your ideas and inside scoops.

Coming up:

We have some important new articles and essays coming your way in the next few weeks, including some new ideas to tackle cigarette-butt litter, a look at why frogs have a good reason to love elephants (or really, their feet), and ways to better protect koalas.

Look for our links in next week's newsletter — or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the headlines as they go live. We share other interesting news there, too!

As always, thank you for reading.

Tara Lohan

Tara Lohan
Deputy Editor, The Revelator


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