Elephants and Whales Restoring the EPA

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No. 162, Dec. 10, 2020

Hello Revelator readers,

Can protecting some of the world’s largest species help address climate change? That’s the idea behind new efforts to value the “natural capital” of forest elephants and great whales, which sequester large amounts of carbon as they move through the jungles and the ocean. How would it work?

The Biden administration has a tough task ahead to rehaul the Environmental Protection Agency, which suffered dramatic cuts over the past four years. Former agency official Joel A. Mintz explains what it will take to restore the EPA.

Undoing the Trump administration’s other attacks on the environment won’t be easy either. But as journalist Jonathan Thompson explains, President-elect Biden can push the agenda forward on public lands, climate and energy policy.

Cotton has been called the “fabric of our lives,” but is it made from a moral fiber? Steve Trent, cofounder of the Environmental Justice Foundation, uncovers how the textile industry harms people and the planet and shows us what can be done to solve the problems.

Burning news: 

Energy developers in Texas and North Dakota flared a record level of methane gas in 2019, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Administration. We recently revealed how this wasteful practice threatens human health and the climate

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

1. “Federal Appeals Court Rejects Alaska Offshore Drilling Plan” (AP)

2. “Many U.S. States Are Behind on Their Own Climate Milestones: Report” (Reuters)

3. “A Race Against Time to Rescue a Reef From Climate Change” (The New York Times)

4. “Ticking Time Bombs’: Residents Kept in the Dark About Risks to La.'s Chemical Plants During Storms” (WWNO)

5. “Sexy Beasts: Animals With ‘Charisma’ Get Lion’s Share of E.U. Conservation Funds” (The Guardian)

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:

What can the Biden administration do to protect wolves? We’ll have the answer tomorrow.

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. Stay safe.

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator


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Photo: Forest elephant Richard Ruggiero/USFWS (public domain).

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