No. 189, June 17, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
Washington state is on its way to successfully reintroducing fishers, a native carnivore that disappeared from the region decades ago. The program offers lessons for rewilding other species — for example, you can’t restore native species if they don’t have a habitat to return to.
Don’t fence me in? It’s too late for that if you live in the American West, where 620,000 miles of fencing threatens the migration of pronghorn and a host of other species. But there are solutions.
People around the world are already fleeing unsafe climate conditions, and that’s only going to get worse. National laws and international agreements need to be adapted if we hope to keep these climate migrants safe.
Last year I wrote about how feral cats threaten Hawaii’s unique species. Things got even worse in the past 12 months, as the pandemic slowed down the state’s trap-and-sterilize efforts and other work to help save native species from extinction.
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Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. “Federal Judge Blocks Biden’s Pause on New Oil, Gas Leases” (AP)
2. “Reverse Trump’s Cuts to Monument Protections, Haaland Asks Biden” (The Guardian)
3. “How Severe Is the Western Drought? See for Yourself.” (The New York Times)
4. “Biden Plans to Reverse Trump’s Alaska Policy. Here’s Why It Matters.” (Vox)
5. “New Ecolabel Will Certify ‘Whale-Safe’ Shipping Companies and Cruise Lines” (Mongabay)
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 seems to be happening so fast. We want to hear from you, so please drop us a line anytime.
Visit us tomorrow as we put a tiny primate in the Species Spotlight. And next week we’ll explore how California could become a major player in worldwide biodiversity protections.
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As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe and connected.
John R. Platt
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