Can These Rare Whales Be Saved

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

No. 44, Sept. 6, 2018

Hello Revelator readers,

Last month a grieving orca named Tahlequah made worldwide headlines as she carried her dead calf for 17 days and 1,000 miles, refusing to let it sink into the sea until she was utterly exhausted. Tahlequah is one of the last Southern Resident killer whales, a population suffering from pollution, lack of food and other threats. For more on this issue, check out Rachel Clark's powerful essay and find out what it would take to save these rare whales.

Saving wildlife — even oceangoing species like orcas — often means protecting the land, too. That's the objective of the activist organization Great Old Broads for Wilderness. This week we interviewed Executive Director Shelley Silbert to learn about the threats public lands face from the current administration and how to defend our embattled wild spaces.

How will climate change affect you and your neighborhood? For answers, check out our new interactive map, which reveals how annual temperatures will change around the globe in the year 2050. This is the first in a new series, so stay tuned for more in the weeks ahead.

Finally this week, we're proud to welcome The Revelator's new deputy editor, Tara Lohan, who's already working on several great articles. To find out more about her, check out this interview about why she thinks this is a critical time for environmental journalism.

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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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