No. 218, January 6, 2022
Hello Revelator readers,
The year ahead promises tough fights, enormous challenges, and critical opportunities for the environment — but many of these issues won’t receive much attention from the media, legislators or the public. We’ve identified six big environmental stories to watch in 2022, including biodiversity loss, plastic pollution, voter suppression and a rise in direct action.
And speaking of the extinction crisis, a new study looked at a group of forest lands that hold big conservation potential but aren’t adequately protected: roadless areas.
From the archives:
The nose knows. Here’s how conservation dogs can help find lost species.
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Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. Biden ‘Over-Promised and Under-Delivered’ on Climate. Now, Trouble Looms in 2022. (The New York Times)
2. Advocates Call EPA ‘Forever Chemical’ Testing Announcement Insufficient (The Hill)
3. Dam it: Beavers Head North to the Arctic as Tundra Continues to Heat Up (The Guardian)
4. Native Americans’ Farming Practices May Help Feed a Warming World (The Washington Post)
5. Jump in Deforestation of World’s Most Biodiverse Savanna Alarms Brazilian Scientists (Reuters)
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.
In the days ahead we’ll look at the species we lost in 2021, a surprising source of invasive species and pathogens, and the science of climate communication.
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 and connected.