Eight Years Until Red Wolf Extinction

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

No. 27, May 10, 2018

Hello Revelator readers,

Last month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that only about 40 critically endangered red wolves remain in the wild in North Carolina. Even worse, according to its report, the species could be extinct in the wild in as little as eight years. Does that mean that life in captivity is the only hope this rare species has left? Our latest "Extinction Countdown" article examines this tough question and looks at the challenges of breeding and keeping red wolves in captivity.

In related news, we also have word of a rare plant that has gone extinct in Algeria. Could other plant species in the region soon share its fate?

Here's something scary to think about: Climate change may cause an increase in human trafficking. According to a new study, refugees fleeing sea-level rise, floods, drought, heatwaves and other effects of climate change could find themselves at higher risk from sexual exploitation, forced labor and other forms of trafficking. Read our story about this unexpected and horrifying threat.

Finally this week, let's take a look at something we all need — food. Demand for organic food is growing, but corporations are pushing back to keep consumers in the dark about what they're eating. What does that mean for you? We asked food-safety campaigner Stacy Malkan.

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Get your spring reading list into place with our look at May's best environmental reads — 15 amazing books covering climate change, entangled whales, rare bears, the threats of nuclear energy, the history of the Bundy militia and a whole lot more.

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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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