No. 199, August 26, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
How do you study — let alone conserve — a bird that forages at sea but builds its nests in the tallest inland forests? Researchers at the Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project work hard to overcome that challenge, but it’s nothing compared to the threat these “birds of two worlds” face from climate change.
How can the arts help conserve natural spaces? Musician Sam Nester shares lessons from visiting one of the most beautiful places on Earth — which sits next to one of the planet’s most polluted beaches.
What if the mighty and massive moose went the way of passenger pigeon? We’ve taken abundant species for granted before and paid a terrible price. In our latest Vanishing essay, poet Joanna Lilley reflects on the possibility that one day moose may be gone and only racks of antlers will remain.
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Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. The West’s Megadrought Is So Bad, Authorities Are Airlifting Water for Animals (Vox)
2. Highway Cutting Through Heart of Borneo Poised to Be ‘Very, Very Bad’ (Mongabay)
3. The EPA’s Rationale for Banning Chlorpyrifos May Make It Harder to Eliminate Other Brain-Harming Pesticides (The Intercept)
4. Biden Backs the End of Protections for Wolves. But Worries About Hunting Grow. (NPR)
5. Endangered Bettong Reintroduced in Australia After More Than a Century (New Scientist)
From the archives:
How many plant species have gone extinct in North America? The question is harder to answer than you might realize.
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A large South American mammal has been described as “our ally against climate change.” Find out which one tomorrow. And coming soon after that: rodents.
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As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe and connected.
John R. Platt
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