No. 247, Aug. 4, 2022
Hello Revelator readers,
African forest elephants have plummeted at least 65% since 2002 as the animals face widespread slaughter for the illegal ivory trade. Could studying their dung help protect them?
What do we lose when we lose a waterfall? In the Republic of Guinea, construction of a new hydroelectric dam flooded a centuries-old waterfall — and may have caused an extinction in the process.
When humans try to exert control over nature, it often comes with unintended consequences. Find out how a misguided attempt to reduce mosquito populations almost wiped out a tiny, colorful fish called the Barrens topminnow.
From the archives:
Today is International Clouded Leopard Day. Meet one of the world’s most beautiful cat species: the Sunda clouded leopard.
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Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. Senate Passes Long-Sought Bill to Help Veterans Affected by Burn Pits (CNN)
2. Why the Texas Grid Causes the High Plains to Turn Off Its Wind Turbines (Texas Tribune)
3. Feds Target U.S. Companies Caught in Lucrative Shark Fin Trade (Associated Press)
4. Magnolia Species Lost to Science for 97 Years Rediscovered in Haiti (The Guardian)
5. Evidence of PFAS in Toilet Paper (Yes, Toilet Paper!) (Environmental Health News)
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