No. 53, Nov. 8, 2018
Hello Revelator readers,
The midterm elections are now all but over (a few results are still being tallied), and things look just a little different now. It wasn't exactly a "blue wave," but quite a few people were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate and other offices who have promised to take stands on climate change, public lands and other environmental issues. There were a few losses, too, including at least one really big one. What does it all mean for the country, and for the planet? We have a look at the results.
In other news, America's national parks and other public lands could face permanent damage under the Trump administration's energy-dominance agenda. As our article reports this week, oil and gas development could put millions of acres of ecologically and culturally important wildlands at risk.
Sometimes protecting the planet means protecting the soil. We have an interview with Leah Penniman, author of the new book Farming While Black, who discusses how her farm's use of Afro-indigenous farming technologies are good for the soil, the pollinators that depend on it, the climate and the community that benefits from access to nutritious food.
Farming While Black also happens to be one of our picks for the 16 best environmental books coming out this month. Check out the full list here, with books covering everything from wolves and sea turtles to the psychology of climate change.
In case you missed it:
Two big conferences this month address the important topic of light pollution. Find out how a new reserve in Idaho worked to protect the night sky, and how other communities can follow.
What should we cover next?
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We've got a lot of great stories and essays in the works, including a look at the surprising part of the country taking bold steps to address sea-level rise.
We'll have a fresh batch of links in next week's newsletter, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest headlines as they go live. And while you're on social media, we hope you'll share our stories with your friends.
That's it for this week. As always, thanks for reading.