Kicking Off Our Third Year of Environmental News and Ideas

This week's investigative reporting, analysis and environmental news.
The Revelator

No. 80, May 16, 2019

Hello Revelator readers,

It's our birthday!

Well, almost.

Tomorrow marks two full years since The Revelator launched. In that time we've published nearly 470 articles and essays, including dozens of important environmental stories that no other news site has covered.

We're now ready to kick off our third year, and trust me — we're just getting warmed up.

Speaking of which, let's get to our latest publications.

Many sports teams use images of endangered species as their mascots. Unfortunately, the teams don't do a very good job conveying any conservation messages about those threatened species. That's a missed opportunity, as researcher Melanie Sartore-Baldwin explains in our latest essay.

Will voters bring a "green wave" to the 2020 election? The founder of the Environmental Voting Project explains how that can happen.

Want to help create your own change? As writer Josh Gross explains in a new essay, communication about environmental issues may have more impact when scientists and other conservationists show their personalities and tell their stories.

Finally this week, learn about the hidden world of meat production in an exclusive excerpt from writer Ziya Tong's new book, The Reality Bubble. Here's the key line: "If we can miss several billion deaths without batting an eyelash, what else has been hidden in plain sight?"

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

Let's go a little deeper. Here are five stories from around the web that we're watching this week.

1. A legally binding framework to reduce plastic pollution was signed by more than 180 countries — but not the United States.

2. Carbon dioxide levels have now hit 415 parts per million — a level not seen in 3 million years.

3. A simple protest could now saddle activists with felonies after five states passed laws upping the penalty for acts associated with protesting oil and gas development — and more states are considering similar measures.

4. The future of a dozen critical, long-term scientific studies tracking the connection between chemicals and children's health are in danger after the EPA decided not to renew their funding.

5. A judge ruled a California couple is owed $2 billion after getting cancer following years of using Roundup weed killer — it's the third decision holding Bayer, the company which purchased Monsanto, accountable.

In case you missed it:

We recently translated one of our interactive climate maps into Spanish. (Here's the original.)

What should we cover next?

Drop us a line anytime. We welcome your ideas and inside scoops.

Coming up:

Thank you for joining us these past two years. Year three of The Revelator is off to a great start and we have a literal flood of new stories coming up (that's a hint). We'll be talking about the Trump administration, the extinction crisis, new solutions and a whole lot more.

Look for our latest links in next week's newsletter — or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the headlines as they go live. We share other interesting news there, too!

As always, thank you for reading. Here's to a great year three and beyond.

John R. Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator


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