What Does the Shutdown Mean for the Planet

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

No. 61, Jan. 3, 2019

Hello Revelator readers,

We hope your New Year is off to a great start. It's certainly already been a busy one for the Trump administration, which spent the holiday season quietly attacking environmental regulations and (not-so-quietly) shutting down key areas of the government. What does this mean for you and the planet? Tara Lohan has the rundown.

What will 2019 hold? Stay tuned to The Revelator over the next few days as we bring you some predictions for how the year will affect water and wildlife.

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Let's go a little deeper. Here are five additional stories we're watching this week.

1. If you've lost count of all the ways the Trump administration attacked science in 2018, here's a good roundup and a powerful story on the real-life impacts.

2. A framework emerging on the East Coast would establish a market-based system for reducing emissions from the transportation sector.

3. In a spot of good news, the trispot darter fish, an imperiled resident of southeastern waters, has been added to the endangered species list.

4. A new investigation provides a detailed, interactive look at how fracking impacts hit home.

5. We're learning more about the resilience of deep subsurface organisms, sometimes called "zombie" microbes, which are isolated from climate change impacts and other planetary catastrophes.

What should we cover next?

Drop us a line anytime. We welcome your ideas and inside scoops as we gear up for the year ahead.

Coming up:

We have a ton of great stories and essays coming your way, starting with our predictions for what we'll see in 2019. We also have a great interview about jellyfish (they're more important than you might think), an article about critical groundwater issues, reviews of a few new books, and a lot more.

Look for links in next week's newsletter. If you don't want to wait that long, 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.

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

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator


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