Birds vs Fossil Fuels

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

No. 29, May 24, 2018

Hello Revelator readers,

Did you know that some oil and gas extraction sites are so bright they can be seen from space? That amount of light pollution not only puts these projects on the scale of some of America's biggest and brightest cities, it also causes problems for wildlife — especially migrating birds, which can get trapped in the pull of the never-ending glare. Our latest "Big Picture" story by Dipika Kadaba includes a simulation of this light pollution and maps out five of the brightest extraction sites in the country.

Also in the spotlight: America's wild horses. Our latest op-ed, from writer Deanne Stillman, accuses the government of neglecting the law that is supposed to protect these hotly debated animals.

Finally this week, we have a profile of the amazing wildlife artist Racheal Rios. As she says in our illustrated interview, "My art can't help but comment on political, cultural and environmental issues of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands." Read more and find out why jaguars feature so prominently in her artwork.

In case you missed it:

Earth's imperiled coral reefs were in the news a lot this week. For a deep dive into these issues, check out our interview with the director of the Netflix documentary, "Chasing Coral."

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Coming up:

We have a lot more coming your way, including a powerful story for Memorial Day weekend. Look for all of our newest links in next week's newsletter, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest headlines as they go live. And while you're on social media, we hope you'll share our stories with your friends.

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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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