No. 175, March 11, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
Consumption of plastic by fish has become a dangerous problem. A new study reveals what kinds of fish are most likely to consume the chemical-laden waste — and the list includes hundreds of species people depend on for food.
Electric vehicle production has taken off, as has the need for batteries and the minerals to make them. But those minerals could soon be in short supply, and some corporations figure destructive deep-sea mining is the solution.
Does conservation focus too much on large, charismatic species? As one researcher in Bangladesh found, studying smaller carnivores can provide valuable insight — but it also required overcoming some professional hurdles.
From the archives:
Here are 10 things everyone needs to know about wildlife trafficking.
Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5
Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. “Feds Complete Final Environmental Review of Vineyard Wind, Set to Be First Major Offshore Wind Project in U.S.” (WBUR)
2. “U.S. States Look to Step up Wolf Kills, Pushed by Republicans” (AP)
3. “Land Could Be Worth More Left to Nature Than When Farmed, Study Finds” (The Guardian)
4. “For Planet Earth, No Tourism Is a Curse and a Blessing” (The New York Times)
5. “Brood X Cicadas Are About to Put on One of the Wildest Shows in Nature” (The Washington Post)
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A forgotten lizard species has been rediscovered — too late.
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