Saving the Coastal Ecosystems That Protect Us

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Coastal wetlands

No. 171, Feb. 11, 2021

Hello Revelator readers,

Coastal wetlands provide habitat, buffer storms and sequester carbon. But we're losing these valuable ecosystems to development and sea-level rise. Here's what federal and local governments need to do to quickly change course to protect wildlife and communities.

A groundbreaking fisheries program at the University of British Columbia is centered on Indigenous knowledge and also draws from western science to develop the best tools to meet our environmental challenges. Read our conversation with its lead researcher.

On the surface Nepal and Namibia don't have much in common, but both are conservation success stories that began decades ago and provide powerful models for addressing today's biodiversity crisis.

In the news:

The Biden administration announced that it was restarting permitting for the first major U.S. offshore wind farm after project delays during the Trump years. Read our recent coverage for how the impending boom in offshore wind could affect wildlife.

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

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

1. "'Invisible Killer': Fossil Fuels Caused 8.7M Deaths Globally in 2018, Research Finds" (The Guardian)

2. "Before Himalayan Flood, India Ignored Warnings of Development Risks" (The New York Times)

3. "Biden Administration to Restart Permitting for Major U.S. Offshore Wind Project" (Reuters)

4. "The Fight for an Equitable Energy Economy for the Navajo Nation" (High Country News)

5. "Idaho Republican Congressman Lays Out Framework for Removal of Four Snake River Dams" (Willamette Week)

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.

Coming up:

As climate change supercharges weather events, the economic costs are soaring. But what's the damage to ecosystems and wildlife? We'll have that answer soon.

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.

Tara Lohan

Tara Lohan
Deputy Editor, The Revelator


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Photo credit: Coastal wetlands by M. Kirwan/VIMS.

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