No. 222, February 3, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
Lax fishing regulations threaten the fastest sharks in the ocean. Atlantic shortfin mako sharks have gotten a temporary reprieve, but experts say new protections won’t last long enough to help them recover.
The dangers posed by greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants from the chemical industry can’t be overlooked any longer, advocates say. Here’s a way to change the status quo.
Plants will face tough climate challenges as the animals they rely on to disperse their seeds decline, researchers found in a new study that shows a concerning overlap between the biodiversity and climate crises.
From the archives:
Saltwater wetlands provide habitat, carbon sequestration benefits and buffer coastal communities from storms. But without coordinated efforts, we risk losing them to development and sea-level rise.
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Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. Biden Administration to Reinstate Mercury Pollution Rules Weakened Under Trump (The Washington Post)
2. Global Count Estimates Earth Has 73,000 Tree Species — 14% More Than Reported (The Guardian)
3. Climate-Driven Floods Will Disproportionately Affect Black Communities, Study Finds (NPR)
4. ‘Reduced Risk’ Pesticides Are Widespread in California Streams (Inside Climate News)
5. Montana Curbs Wolf Hunt After 23 From Yellowstone Killed (AP)
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