No. 205, October 7, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
Five years ago science writer Erica Cirino joined an oceangoing mission to help understand the threat of plastic pollution. The journey has now culminated in her new book Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis. We spoke with her about what’s working to solve the problem and what still makes her anxious.
Learn their names and mourn them: the ivory-billed woodpecker, the flat pigtoe, the Molokai creeper, the Scioto madtom, the Little Mariana fruit bat and 18 other presumed-extinct species. Then take action to help stop the extinction crisis.
Let’s take a break from all the awful environmental news to focus on a few good-news items you may have missed — including successes for wolves, kakapo parrots and eastern barred bandicoots.
From the archives:
Melissa Groo reminds us why we need more ethical wildlife photography.
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Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. “‘Major’ Oil Spill Off California Coast Threatens Wetlands and Wildlife” (The New York Times)
2. “Polar Bears Are Suffering From the Arctic’s Loss of Sea Ice. So Is Scientists’ Ability to Study Them” (Inside Climate News)
3. “Revealed: Pipeline Company Paid Minnesota Police for Arresting and Surveilling Protesters” (The Guardian)
4. “A Historic Rainforest and Other Lands Have Been Returned to Indigenous Australians” (NPR)
5. “Copper Mine Threatens Jordan’s Largest Nature Reserve” (Al Jazeera)
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.
Tomorrow, in our latest Vanishing essay, a conservation scientist mourns a species she may never see in the wild.
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As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe and connected.