No. 195, July 29, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
What’s the cultural cost of extinction? We’re exploring that in our new essay series, Vanishing, where scientists, poets, activists, novelists and artists share their thoughts about a species that could disappear and what that loss would mean to them. First up: the bobolink.
Climate change could force bats to move to more suitable habitats, according to new research. That won’t always be easy, or even possible, for many species. But there are some things we can do to help bat conservation succeed.
Finally, we’ve wrapped up the best and worst environmental news of the month, thrown in some context and extra science, found some trends and contradictions, and spiced it all up with some humor and outrage. Check out this month’s Links From the Brink.
Congress just passed a bill that could, if it also passes the Senate, regulate PFAS “forever chemicals” in drinking water — but keeping ocean life safe from these chemicals remains a challenge.
Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5
Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. “New IUCN Green Status Launched to Help Species ‘Thrive, Not Just Survive’” (The Guardian)
2. “As Wildfires Worsen, Firefighters Are on the Front Lines of Climate Change” (CNN)
3. “‘An Abomination’: The Story of the Massacre That Killed 216 Wolves” (The Guardian)
4. “Eight of the 10 Nations Most At Risk From Climate and Toxic Pollution in Africa: Study” (Mongabay)
5. “Rare Kiwikiu Assumed Dead Found Alive in Maui’s Nakula Natural Area Reserve” (The Maui News)
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.
Tomorrow our latest Species Spotlight tackles a frog that’s extinct in the wild, but that doesn’t mean its situation is hopeless.
Look for our latest links in next Thursday’s newsletter — or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for headlines as they go live.
As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe and connected.