No. 197, August 12, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
Wastewater carries traces of our pharmaceuticals into the wild, exposing plants and wildlife to hundreds of chemical compounds. Researchers tell us about the potential side effects — and solutions.
“My biggest challenge is our biggest challenge,” says botanist and scientific illustrator Chris Thorogood. “That is to engage people to appreciate the importance of plant life.”
While working on a book about the future of coral reefs, writer Juli Berwald didn’t expect to experience an event similar to what’s killing reefs in her own Texas backyard.
In the air:
The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report highlights the dangerous levels of methane in our atmosphere. The Biden administration can take on rising methane emissions, but it won’t be easy or quick.
Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5
Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. “5 Things to Know About the New UN Report on Climate Change” (AP)
2. “A Crisis of Water and Power on the Colorado River” (Inside Climate News)
3. “Minnesota Law Enforcement Agency Blocks Release of Public Records About Surveilling Pipeline Opponents” (The Intercept)
4. “Ever Heard a Shrew Warble? Secret Sounds of Small Mammals Revealed” (The Guardian)
5. “Big Oil Spent $10 Million on Facebook Ads Last Year — To Sell What, Exactly?” (Grist)
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.
Our latest Species Spotlight will focus on a mammal that doesn’t get enough scientific or conservation attention: the bobcat.
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As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe and connected.