No. 220, January 20, 2022
Hello Revelator readers,
Millions of U.S. residents live near industrial facilities. The Environmental Protection Agency could help keep them safe from disasters — but only if it strengthens an important chemical policy.
A Midwest coal state recently passed the country’s only comprehensive climate legislation focused on advancing racial equity and economic justice. What proponents learned along the way could be a model for other states.
Commonly known as “cabbage on a stick,” Brighamia insignis is no longer found in the wild. But our latest Species Spotlight explains how botanists are helping to protect this Hawaiian plant from extinction.
From the archives:
A new report shows record ocean warming. Scientists have been tracking how that’s likely to change marine ecosystems and bring cascading repercussions.
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Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. Chemical Pollution Has Passed Safe Limit for Humanity, Say Scientists (The Guardian)
2. Australia Ties Southern Hemisphere’s All-Time Heat Record of 123°F; Epic Heat Cooks
Argentina (Yale Climate Connections)
3. Ecuador Expands Protections Around Galápagos, Creating ‘a New Highway’ for Sea Life (The Washington Post)
4. U.S. Plans $50B Wildfire Fight Where Forests Meet Civilization (AP)
5. Lead Ammo Hampers the Bald Eagle Rebound in the Northeast U.S. (Environmental Health News)
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 seems to be happening so fast. We want to hear from you, so please drop us a line anytime.
Can extinction grief be transformed into action? Editor John Platt explains how.
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