The Climate Report Trump Didn't Want You to See

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

No. 56, Nov. 29, 2018

Hello Revelator readers,

First up this week: The climate-change report the Trump administration didn't want you to see. The National Climate Assessment, quietly released the day after Thanksgiving, shows just how bad things already are in the United States and how much worse they're likely to get. But it also shows what we can do to help solve the problems. President Trump tried to bury this major new report, but we've got the details.

Meanwhile the president keeps eliminating important environmental regulations. That carries big risks — both for us and his administration.

As long as we're talking about Trump, here's an article he probably won't like: We call it "Make Death Green Again." Check it out.

Looking for a little inspiration? We've got the story about citizens of one California town who teamed up to fight "big sewage" and turned their local wetlands into a model of waste treatment and conservation.

In case you missed it:

Good news: Roadkill in some areas is becoming a thing of the past, thanks to a new wave of wildlife highway crossings.

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

1. Researchers have found a surprising new way to better understand the history of the oceans: whale ear wax.

2. Despite two major scientific studies that warn of the dangers of greenhouse gas emissions, the Trump administration is taking "aggressive steps" that will increase emissions.

3. Meanwhile, another federal study the Trump team buried over the holidays reveals that fossil fuels extracted from public lands contributed to nearly 25 percent of the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

4. The next frontier for sustainable energy may be on the water: floating solar arrays.

5. Need a laugh? Check out this year's winners of The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

What should we cover next?

We welcome your ideas and inside scoops. Drop us a line anytime.

Coming up:

We're hard at work on several new stories and essays, including an article about an entire genus of species that could go extinct in the next two years. Yikes.

Look for that and other links in next week's newsletter. If you don't want to wait that long, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest headlines as they go live. And while you're on social media, we hope you'll share our stories with your friends.

That's it for this week. As always, thanks for reading.

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator


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