What's Killing Songbirds

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

No. 174, March 4, 2021

Hello Revelator readers,

Coveted for their beautiful calls, Asian songbirds are being taken from the wild by poachers at alarming rates. Can new conservation efforts halt these "extinctions-in-process"?

The loss of the Earth's wild music is also the subject of a new collection of essays by nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore. She spoke to The Revelator about the concerning silence that comes with extinction.

In the Andes efforts to save the páramo — the world's most diverse high-altitude ecosystem — have found an important champion: youth.

Have a listen:

Sometimes extinction isn't quiet. Swedish musician Peter Hauschulz has given the biodiversity crisis a death-metal soundtrack with his EP "Smoldering Enfoulment." Rage on.

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

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

1. "House Democrats Reintroduce Road Map to Carbon Neutrality by 2050" (The Hill)

2. "Feds Withdraw Environmental Impact Statement, Delaying Oak Flat Land Swap" (Arizona Republic)

3. "Weekslong Water Crisis Continues in Mississippi, Hitting Black Residents Hardest" (HuffPost)

4. "Energy Company to Breed Endangered California Condors to Replace Birds Killed by Turbine Blades" (Los Angeles Times)

5. "Top U.S. Utilities Collaborate to Build Electric Vehicle Charging Stations" (Reuters)

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 seems to be happening so fast. We want to hear from you, so please drop us a line anytime.

Coming up:

Plastic pollution in the ocean is increasing, but new research shows it's not happening uniformly. We'll take a look at where the worst spots are and which fish are most at risk.

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 credit: Yogyakarta Bird Market, Central Java, Indonesia, by Jorge Franganillo.

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