No. 139, July 2, 2020
Hello Revelator readers,
Would you like to take a crack at solving climate change? Or at least creating a road map of how we could do it? Climate Interactive cofounder Elizabeth Sawin tells us about a new computer modeling tool called En-ROADS that's helping activists and leaders in dozens of countries to visualize climate solutions.
Nearly a million endangered and threatened snakes are legally sold on the international market each year, according to a shocking new study that reveals health threats to people and wildlife. It also helps us to realize how much more we need to understand about this trade, 60% of which is still sourced from the wild.
Should environmentalists embrace universal basic income? Cash payments from the government could help ease the transition to a climate-safe economy and weather the natural and economic storms to come.
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Here are five more stories we're watching this week.
1. "South Pole Warmed Three Times the Global Rate in Last 30 Years: Study" (Reuters)
2. "House Democrats Just Put Out the Most Detailed Climate Plan in U.S. Political History" (Vox)
3. "The Secretive Government Agency Planting 'Cyanide Bombs' Across the U.S." (The Guardian)
4. "Millions More U.S. Homes Are at Risk of Flooding Than Previously Known, New Analysis Shows" (CNN)
5. "The Anthropause: How the Pandemic Gives Scientists a New Way to Study Wildlife" (Wired)
In case you missed it:
A new study has identified the 25 most endangered turtle and tortoise species — and nothing's improved since a similar study two years ago.
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.
Elephants. Climate refugia. A dam going boom. Those stories and more will come your way in the days ahead.
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As always, thank you for reading — and stay safe.