No. 268, Jan. 12, 2023
Hello Revelator readers,
Climate-friendly electric vehicles require cobalt and other minerals for their batteries, but mining those batteries comes with a host of environmental problems and even human-rights abuses. Can we drive the EV transition sustainably?
Think of your favorite nature spot, a place where you can visit in peace, watch wildlife, and listen to the wind. Now picture that spot with a high-voltage power line. That’s what’s happening at Oregon’s secluded Twin Lake. Can concerned citizens help to protect this place?
From the archives:
As California copes with destructive rainfall, here’s a reminder that we can turn a nuisance — or even a danger — into a benefit.
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Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. The Last 8 Years Were the Hottest on Record (The New York Times)
2. What the House Speaker’s Deal With Ultraconservatives Means for Climate (Grist)
3. EPA Moves to Toughen Standards for Deadly Soot Pollution (AP)
4. Global Pollinator Losses Causing 500,000 Early Deaths a Year – Study (The Guardian)
5. Great Salt Lake on Track to Disappear in 5 Years, Scientists Warn (The Washington Post)
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.
New protections for a group of rarely studied species, a river that shouldn’t exist, and new efforts to prevent a bird’s extinction — all stories we’re working on for the weeks ahead. Look for the latest links in our next newsletter.
As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe and connected.