Don't Blame Wolves

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

No. 143, July 30, 2020

Hello Revelator readers,

Woodland caribou in Canada's boreal forests are dwindling, and wolves often get blamed. But new research shows that the story is much more complicated.

Amy Souers Kober spent her career helping to remove dams — and then found out her own family built one 200 years ago. Here's her personal account of an upcoming dam removal that shows why "progress" today looks so different from progress yesterday.

Don't go in the water: Harmful algal blooms are becoming more frequent and lasting longer, creating threats to wildlife, human health and ecosystems. Can we learn to predict and prevent them?

Thousands of plant and animal species are already shifting their ranges in response to climate change, and more will follow. That's why some scientists say we need to rethink what we consider "invasive" species.

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

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

1. "Trump Administration Says Massive Alaska Gold Mine Won't Cause Major Environmental Harm, Reversing Obama" (The Washington Post)

2. "Killer Heat: U.S. Racial Injustices Will Worsen as Climate Crisis Escalates" (The Guardian)

3. "Scientists Launch Ambitious Conservation Project to Save the Amazon" (Mongabay)

4. "How the Fossil Fuel Industry Funds the Police" (Huffington Post)

5. "Pennsylvania Develops Plan for 4 Million Acres to Aid Endangered Bats" (PennLive)

In case you missed it:

Pandemics aren't just for people. Diseases can reduce animal populations and even drive them extinct. Watch our video to learn about five disease threats to wildlife.

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:

Don't know much about the stomach contents of porcupines? And why they're a target for poachers? You're about to.

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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