The Border Wall Could Push This Species to Extinction

This week's investigative reporting, analysis and environmental news.
The Revelator

No. 99, Sept. 26, 2019

Hello Revelator readers,

It's been a week full of climate change news. Beginning Friday, millions participated in the global climate strike, galvanizing calls for action from world leaders. Here's a look at the event's impact and some of its memorable images.

As leaders gathered at the United Nations to discuss climate change, we took a look at some of its most overlooked victims: people displaced by climate-related disasters. These climate refugees have no legal standing — but that can and should change, an expert explains.

In Arizona construction of the border wall has begun at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The wall will disrupt ecosystems, stop wildlife migrations and push numerous borderland species closer to extinction. This rare night-blooming cactus could be the first.

Shark conservation is working in a number of places, which is great for ocean health. But it may come with new challenges. With more sharks around, experts say we'll need to rethink the way we fish, recreate and manage other species.

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Let's go a little deeper. Here are five additional stories we're watching this week.

1. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a new special report on the world's oceans and ice caps, warning of accelerating sea-level rise and ocean acidification.

2. The climate crisis could become a children's rights crisis if a new lawsuit is successful. Filed by 16 kids, the suit will take five polluting countries to task for their carbon emissions.

3. The Trump administration's plan to open up more than 40,000 acres of Alaska's Tongass National Forest to logging has been temporarily halted by a judge.

4. A new study found that North America's bird populations have fallen a staggering 29 percent since 1970 — a loss of 3 billion birds.

5. How are countries doing at meeting the emissions reductions from the Paris climate accord? Here's a look at the nations showing promise and those with a long way to go.

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It's not too late to update your fall reading list. Here are the top new books from this month.

What should we cover next?

Our stories rely on insight from experts and readers around the world, so we always welcome your ideas and inside scoops. Drop us a line anytime.

Coming up:

We're hard at work on several new articles and essays, including looks at how fracking affects wildlife, the best ways to welcome bats to your neighborhood, and why we need to be doing more for our oceans.

Look for our latest links in next week's newsletter — or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the headlines as they go live. We share other news there, too, so please join us and keep the discussion going.

As always, thank you for reading.

Tara Lohan

Tara Lohan
Deputy Editor, The Revelator


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