No. 204, September 30, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
Countless plants and animals must quickly adapt or move to survive a warming planet. That change is no easy task, and it has ecosystem-wide repercussions, biologist Thor Hanson explains in a new book about climate change biology.
Pollinators have it rough these days, but they could get help from Congress. The hotly debated infrastructure bill includes funding for new pollinator habitat that could help imperiled bees and butterflies.
What can we learn from a bird that’s been extinct for 200 years? A lot, as author Daniel Hudon found out after a 1,500-mile journey to Newfoundland’s Fogo Island, one of the last strongholds of the great auk.
From the archives:
New York has greenlighted a transmission project that would tap Canadian hydropower to help meet the state’s renewable energy goals. But not everyone agrees that imported hydro is clean and green.
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Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. “Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions” (The New York Times)
2. “Race to the Bottom: The Disastrous Blindfolded Rush to Mine the Deep Sea” (The Guardian)
3. “We’re Dumping Loads of Retardant Chemicals to Fight Wildfires. What Does It Mean for Wildlife?” (Environmental Health News)
4. “Children Born in 2020 Will Experience Up to 7 Times More Extreme Climate Events” (NPR)
5. “PennEast Becomes the Latest to Scuttle a Natural Gas Pipeline Project” (Reuters)
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Do you need a dose of good environmental news? We’ll have some for you tomorrow. And after that, find out how Hawaiians are fighting a co-extinction crisis affecting biodiversity and Indigenous culture.
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