The Monkey That's Saving a Rainforest

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

No. 28, May 17, 2018

Hello Revelator readers,

It's a milestone day for us here at The Revelator. One year ago today we published our very first stories and essays, and we haven't stopped since. It's been a heck of a year — we'll certainly never run out of things to write about — and we appreciate having you along for the ride.

Let's celebrate our anniversary with a success story. In coastal Brazil, which has lost about 85 percent of its forests, a 10-year plan to create a massive wildlife migratory corridor is finally coming to fruition. Land between two isolated federal reserves has been acquired and replanted, and now a bridge will be built over a major highway, allowing hundreds if not thousands of species to travel and establish new habitats. And they owe it all to the iconic golden lion tamarin.

In more troubling news, we've all heard about the horrors of plastic pollution. Well, the news keeps getting worse. New research shows that plastic collects a whole host of toxic chemicals while it's floating in the ocean. Those contaminated plastic particles then get eaten by fish, which in turn get eaten by bigger fish — or by us. Read all about how plastic pollution is traveling up the food chain.

Finally this week we have a look at President Trump's deregulatory agenda. It turns out that despite his promises and actions, he hasn't actually removed all that many environmental regulations. Unfortunately, he's still doing a lot of damage to the systems that protect us.

In case you missed it:

A rare plant was just declared extinct — a fate that could soon be shared by many other species if we don't do more to study and protect the world's plants.

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Coming up:

We have a lot more coming your way, including our next "5 Questions" interview, a look at the science of raptor conservation and a shocking insight into a totally different kind of pollution. Look for all of our links in next week's newsletter, or 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.

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

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator

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