Wolves, Climate New Deal and Moving Forward

This week's investigative reporting, analysis and environmental news.
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No. 163, Dec. 17, 2020

Hello Revelator readers,

In its final days, the Trump administration is rushing to cement its destructive legacy with attacks on clean air, wildlife and public lands. Here are 12 Trump attacks on the environment since the election.

Many of these changes will be hard for the Biden administration to undo. But here’s how Biden can take action to help wolves.

We’ll also need to move forward on climate — and to do that, we may want to learn from the lessons (and mistakes) of the original New Deal.

Where do we go from here? We survived the pandemic, the election and worsening climate change — but not without a few scars. As I wrote in today’s editorial, now’s the time to stay safe and build resilience.


A coalition of wildlife groups filed a lawsuit this week to protect wolverines under the Endangered Species Act. Among the many threats to these elusive creatures: highways.

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

Here are five more stories we’re watching this week.  

1. Spotted Owls Could Go Extinct Without More Federal Protection. But They’re Not Going to Get it, Trump Officials Say (The Washington Post)

2. Contentious N.J. River Terminal to Export Fracked Pa. Natural Gas Gets Final Approval (Philadelphia Inquirer)

3. The Era of Fossil Fuel Power Plants Is Rapidly Receding. Here Is Their Life Expectancy (InsideClimate News)

4. Microplastics Weathered by Water Are More Likely to Infiltrate an Animal’s Cells (Environmental Health News)

5. Researchers May Have Discovered a New Whale Species (Reuters)

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.

Coming up:

We’re getting ready to take a much-needed break before the end of the year, but we’ll be back next week with a look at our best commentaries of the year. 

As always, thank you for reading. Stay safe and connected.

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator


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