No. 187, June 3, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
Sri Lanka is facing an environmental crisis from a container-ship accident. It follows a disastrous winter for the industry with thousands of lost containers that threaten ocean health and marine life. Can the industry be reformed?
Famed Barbary lions once roamed throughout the deserts and mountains of northern Africa and battled gladiators in the Roman Colosseum. Overexploitation took a toll on the lions, but research suggests that may not be what ultimately led to their extinction.
With tourism resuming, residents of the Cayman Islands are worried that along with the return of cruise ships will come another threat to coral reefs: a massive new development.
In the pipeline:
An Indigenous-led resistance in Minnesota is raising the alarm about the Line 3 tar-sands pipeline that would cut through treaty territory of Anishinaabe people, threatening wild rice, fresh water and the climate.
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Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. “Biden Suspends Oil Leases in Alaska’s Arctic Refuge” (AP)
2. “Sharp Rise in Florida Manatee Deaths as Algal Blooms Hasten Food Depletion” (The Guardian)
3. “The Plan to Turn Coal Country Into a Rare Earth Powerhouse” (Grist)
4. “Common French Bird Species Face ‘Unrelenting’ Decline” (AFP)
5. “Four More Colorado Towns Certified as ‘Dark Sky’ Havens” (The Denver Post)
What should we cover next?
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What can we do to save the large-antlered muntjac from a “quiet extinction”? Find out tomorrow.
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