No. 291, June 29, 2023
Hello Revelator readers,
Last winter’s heavy rain and snow in the West seem so long ago, with dangerous heat and wildfire smoke now threatening much of the country. But that record-breaking season still affects the region’s wildlife — for better or worse.
In our latest Species Spotlight, meet one of the world’s rarest reptiles — and the people working to prevent its extinction.
An update from the archives:
In 2019 we told you about Australia’s quest to rediscover the Victorian grasslands earless dragon, a tiny lizard last seen in 1969. We’re happy to report, it’s been found!
Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5
Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.
1. Current Heatwave Across US South Made Five Times More Likely by Climate Crisis (The Guardian)
2. Russia, China Block Move for New Antarctic Marine Reserves (AFP)
3. Supreme Court Keeps the Navajo Nation Waiting for Water (High Country News)
4. Shell’s Petrochemical Plant in Pennsylvania Hasn’t Spurred Economic Growth: Report (Environmental Health News)
5. Hundreds of Dolphins and Sea Lions Have Washed Up Dead or Sick in California Amid Toxic Algae Outbreak (CNN)
Share your stories:
Do you live in or near a threatened habitat or community, or have you worked to study or protect endangered wildlife? You’re invited to share your stories in our ongoing features Protect This Place and Species Spotlight.
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.
Many ocean conservation efforts leave out some important things. We’ll talk about them tomorrow.
As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe and connected.