No. 202, September 16, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
This month will bring World Gorilla Day, World Rhino Day and World Cassowary Day, among other wild occasions. But do these “species awareness days” do any good for conservation? New research has the answer — and reveals how to make them even more effective.
Find more to celebrate in our new calendar of environmental holidays, commemorations, awareness days and anniversaries. (Today, for example, is the anniversary of the ozone-saving Montreal Protocol.)
What’s a world without hummingbirds? Writer Almah LaVon Rice contemplates their loss in our latest Vanishing essay.
This month we’ve experienced dangerous marine “dead zones” off the coasts of Oregon and the Gulf of Mexico. New research identifies how to reduce this threat by protecting key wetlands.
Finally, this week, check out our exclusive excerpt from Vicki Hird’s new book Rebugging the Planet.
A team of scientists just raised $15 million to “resurrect” the woolly mammoth. Check out our 2017 interview about de-extinction to find out why it’s interesting science but no cure for the extinction crisis.
Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5
Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. “Killings of Environmental Advocates Around the World Hit a Record High in 2020” (Inside Climate News)
2. “Global Study: Wildfire Smoke Kills People in Cities Far From Fires” (Environmental Health News)
3. “Harvard, America’s Richest University, Will Divest From Fossil Fuels” (The Washington Post)
4. “Corporations Tried to Blame You for the Plastic Crisis. Now States Are Turning the Tables.” (Grist)
5. “Recovery Effort Aims to Restore Pinto Abalone Mollusks That Once Flourished in Salish Sea” (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 seems to be happening so fast. We want to hear from you, so please drop us a line anytime.
Which endangered species has earned the nickname “tree tiger”? We’ll have the answer tomorrow in our latest Species Spotlight.
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 connected.
John R. Platt
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