The Top 12 Stories of 2020

This week's investigative reporting, analysis and environmental news.
The Revelator
Last Moments of Antarctic Sun

No. 165, December 31, 2020

Hello Revelator readers,

You made it: 2021 is just one sleep away. And though we’ll carry some of our gravest problems with us as we go, the end of a tortuous year is finally in sight. We’ll soon have a new administration and, we hope, a new vision for the future.

Meanwhile we’re taking a look back at the hundreds of stories we published this year, which we whittled down to a dozen of our favorites. They provide valuable insight into some of our biggest challenges — from COVID-19 to climate change to extinction. Don’t worry, it’s not all bad news.

The Faces of Extinction: The Species We Lost in 2019

Where Pandemics Come From and How to Stop Them

A Dam Comes Down — and Tribes, Cities, Salmon and Orcas Could All Benefit

10 Things We’ve Learned a Decade After the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Mangroves Could Help Save Us From Climate Change. Climate Change Is Killing Mangroves.

A Virus Wiped Out 90% of This Turtle Species. Can It Recover?

Are Forever Chemicals Harming Ocean Life?

As Glaciers Melt, Will Deadly Landslides Increase?

5 Things You Should Know About the Earth’s Warming Ocean

How One Utah Community Fought the Fracking Industry — and Won

The Long-lost Frogs Found in a Remote Ecuadorian Reserve — and the Threat That Could Wipe Them All Out

Promise or Peril? Importing Hydropower to Fuel the Clean Energy Transition

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 damage is being done behind the scenes, out of the public eye. We want to hear from you, so please drop us a line anytime.

Coming up:

We’ll start the new year with stories about energy justice, extinction and a whole lot more.

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.

Tara Lohan

Tara Lohan
Deputy Editor, The Revelator


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Photo: Last moments of Antarctic sun by Christopher Michel (CC BY 2.0)

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