No. 294, July 20, 2023
Hello Revelator readers,
Florida’s coral reefs took a pounding in this week’s heatwave, which pushed water temperatures to extreme levels. Melissa Gaskill dives into how conservationists are helping these imperiled reefs: by planting coral gardens.
Ecologist Curtis Freese calls the Great Plains the “American Serengeti.” His new book explores how conservationists are working to preserve eastern Montana’s intact prairie and restore its native wildlife.
Beautiful buck moths just gained Endangered Species Act protection, but that hasn’t stopped their peatland habitat from disappearing. Our latest Species Spotlight looks at the challenges of conserving bog buck moths and why they're worth saving.
From the archives:
New research calls dams “giant methane factories.” That’s why, earlier this year, the United States became the first nation to report emissions from dams and reservoirs in its inventory of greenhouse gases.
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Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. The World Is Reeling From Record Heat and Flooding. Scientists Say It’s the Cost of Climate Inaction (Inside Climate News)
2. Florida’s Rising Water Temperatures Raise Concerns for Health of Coral Reefs, Scientists Say (Reuters)
3. Vanishing Whale’s Decline Worse Than Previously Thought, Feds Say (AP)
4. Beavers Are Heat Wave Heroes (Vox)
5. Making Tracks: How Linking Patches of Wilderness Is Saving Borneo’s Wildlife (The Guardian)
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Sometimes our environmental work puts us in narrow silos. But sometimes we need to look and act more broadly, as our latest essay explores tomorrow.
As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe and connected.