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Seagrass Susanna Pershern NPS

No. 160, Nov. 26, 2020

Hello Revelator readers,

Seagrass meadows are disappearing around the world, and that’s worsening the effects of climate change. As we report this week, seagrass stores carbon dioxide 30 times faster than most terrestrial forests, and healthy meadows protect coastal communities from flooding. But even as their destruction accelerates, new research suggests seagrasses may be the easiest coastal habitat to restore.

Could renewable energy sources fully power your state? According to a new report, most states could, while many could produce 10 times their energy needs. We interviewed one of the authors, who tells us wind and rooftop solar will both play important roles

While the presidential administration transition still has a long way to go, one thing is clear: “Not Trump” is not enough. Our latest op-ed explores how the Biden-Harris climate plan can improve on both jobs and justice

From the archives: 

One of President-elect Biden’s promises is to move the Bureau of Land Management headquarters back to Washington, D.C. Last year we explored how the move to Colorado was a bad idea for public lands, science and the climate

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

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

1. “Biden Vowed to Ban New Drilling on Public Lands. It Won’t Be Easy” (The Washington Post)

2. “COVID-19 Shutdowns Were Just a Blip in the Upward Trajectory of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions” (InsideClimate News)

3. “Revealed: Trump Officials Rush to Mine Desert Haven Native Tribes Consider Holy” (The Guardian)

4. “A Glimmer of Hope on Vertebrate Biodiversity” (Cosmos Magazine)

5. “G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden” (The New York Times)

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:

What else does the Biden administration need to do on environmental issues? We’ll have several more commentaries in the days ahead. Plus a look at “America’s Amazon.”

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

As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe.

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator


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