No. 186, May 27, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
Wildfires are often described as “catastrophic” and “devastating.” But from an ecological perspective, they’re neither. Ecologist Chad Hanson explains why misunderstanding fire is dangerous for communities, wildlife and fighting climate change.
White-bellied pangolins are among the world’s very few scaly mammals — and, like all pangolin species, are at risk of extinction because of overexploitation for their meat and scales. Learn more in our latest Species Snapshot.
Hummingbirds face a surprising threat that’s robbing them of nutrients. Read about it in an excerpt from the new book The Glitter in the Green.
What’s in a species name? Sometimes paternalism, colonialism, sexism and racism — and that’s a problem for conservation.
Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5
Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. “Climate Crisis Behind Drastic Drop in Arctic Wildlife Populations — Report” (The Guardian)
2. “Biden Looks to California for Next Phase of Offshore Wind” (The Washington Post)
3. “North Dakota, Using Taxpayer Funds, Bailed Out Oil and Gas Companies by Plugging Abandoned Wells” (Inside Climate News)
4. “People of Color More Exposed to Heat Islands, Study Finds” (AP)
5. “Global Cactus Traffickers Are Cleaning Out the Deserts” (The New York Times)
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.
Stay tuned for stories on the history of Barbary lions, why shipping accidents are on the rise, and the ecological footprint of solar developments.
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As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe and connected.