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No. 158, Nov. 12, 2020

Hello Revelator readers,

What a difference a week makes. With the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the planet's future looks a lot brighter. But there's still tough work ahead. Environmental-law expert Dan Farber explains how the next administration can immediately get to work on climate issues.

And of course, the presidential race wasn't the only thing at stake. Looking down the ballot there were some big wins for the environment ... and some losses. Here's our scorecard of how the planet fared in this election.


Last week we also took a look at the bigger picture of what we learned this election season. Even when the vote counting ends, these seven trends won't be going away anytime soon.

From the archives:

We need environmental justice as a cornerstone of building better energy and environmental policy. These recent books explain why and offer solutions for a more just future.

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Here are five more stories we're watching this week.  

1. "A Biden Victory Positions America for a 180-degree Turn on Climate Change" (The Washington Post)

2. "Trump Administration Removes Scientist in Charge of Assessing Climate Change" (The New York Times)

3. "Wildfires Emerge as Threat to Water Quantity Across Parched West" (Bloomberg Environment)

4. "Scatological Science: How Poo Analysis Could Help Save Endangered Species" (The Guardian)

5. "A Dam Blocking 348 Miles of Salmon Streams Hasn't Generated Electricity Since 1958. But Who Will Take It Down?" (The Seattle Times)

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 tap our expert network about ideas for where the Biden administration can begin in tackling our biggest environmental challenges.

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 stay motivated.

Tara Lohan

Tara Lohan
Deputy Editor, The Revelator


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