No. 188, June 10, 2021
Hello Revelator readers,
What happens to animals after they’ve been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade? As we explore this week, the answer isn’t always clear — but it’s often bad news for the animals. New research offers solutions.
As the pace of renewable energy projects accelerates, so does the need to understand how they affect fragile desert ecosystems and the rare plants and animals that live in them.
“In 2015 I saw my first wild muntjac,” conservationist Minh Nguyen writes in our latest Species Spotlight. “I was so enthralled by its cautious yet gracious movements and the delicacy of its existence that I immediately knew I wanted to do all I could to save the species from extinction.”
From the archives:
Why is Appalachia an extinction hotspot?
Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5
Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. “Carbon Dioxide, Which Drives Climate Change, Reaches Highest Level in 4 Million Years” (NPR)
2. “Biden Administration Moves to Bring Back Endangered Species Protections Undone Under Trump” (The Washington Post)
3. “Amid Mega-drought, Rightwing Militia Stokes Water Rebellion in U.S. West” (The Guardian)
4. “U.S. to List Nevada Flower as Endangered, Dealing Blow to Lithium Mine” (Reuters)
5. “Police Make Mass Arrests at Protest Against Oil Pipeline” (The New York 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 damage is being done behind the scenes, out of the public eye. We want to hear from you, so please drop us a line anytime.
What’s the key to restoring a long-lost native species? It helps to make sure it has a healthy habitat to return to.
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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Photo credit: A monkey seized from traffickers during Operation Thunderbird. Interpol, via USFWS.