Protecting Biodiversity in the Climate Change Age

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

No. 140, July 9, 2020

Hello Revelator readers,

Across the world rising temperatures are changing ecosystems and threatening species evolved to live in those places. That's why scientists say climate-change refugia — areas with natural buffers against climate change — are so important for improving conservation and minimizing biodiversity loss in the face of climate change.

The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to end exploitative elephant tourism. Researchers have a plan for how this could work in Thailand in a way that benefits both elephants and human communities.

Covering racial and environmental justice has always been a key part of our work. If you missed one of our stories, don't worry. We put together a collection of our best articles, essays and interviews about the links between racism, pollution and climate change.

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

Here are five more stories we're watching this week.  

1. "Climate Activists See 'New Era' After Three Major Oil and Gas Pipeline Defeats" (InsideClimate News)

2. "Unprecedented Heat in Siberia Pushed Planet to Warmest June on Record, Tied With Last Year" (The Washington Post)

3. "U.N. Predicts Rise in Diseases That Jump From Animals to Humans" (NPR)

4. "The Law That Could Make Climate Change Illegal" (BBC)

5. "Feds Scrap Plans to Reintroduce Grizzlies to North Cascades" (AP)

In case you missed it:

Looking for a page-turner to read? Journalist Craig Pittman's Cat Tale is a wild ride into the science and politics of saving the iconic Florida panther.   

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.

Coming up:

We have an explosive story about a Pacific Northwest dam, new research about fish and climate change, and what to make of all the recent news about pipelines.

Look for our latest links in next Thursday's newsletter — or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the headlines as they go live.

As always, thank you for reading — and stay safe.

Tara Lohan

Tara Lohan
Deputy Editor, The Revelator


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