John R. Platt, The Revelator

John R. Platt

The Revelator

Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by John:

Book of the Dead: The Species Declared Extinct in 2022

This year we bid farewell to two lost frogs, the Chinese paddlefish, a plant from New Hampshire, and many others. → Read More

30 Ways Environmentalists Can Participate in Democracy

Voting on election day is job one, but the planet needs your civic commitment every other day of the year, too. → Read More

Conservation Communication: Time to Rethink the Word ‘Poacher’?

Killing an endangered species is a heinous crime, but the language around the act requires a refocus away from colonialization. → Read More

14 New Environmental Books to Kickstart Your Summer Reading List

Kim Stanley Robinson, Barry Lopez, Sy Montgomery and others celebrate the fragile beauty of this modern world — and address how to save it. → Read More

Ten New Environmental Books Offering Inspiration, Insight and Ideas

April’s best new eco-books look toward solutions to the extinction crisis, climate change, water shortages, environmental justice and more. → Read More

20 Endangered Species at Risk in Ukraine

Will Russia’s invasion threaten not just innocent people but the country’s unique wildlife and diverse habitats? → Read More

The fossil fuel divestment movement is on fire

The decades-long push to get large investment funds to pull their money from destructive oil, gas, and coal has made several major leaps forward in the past month. One of the biggest occurred Oct. → Read More

What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020

Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species — many unseen for decades — may no longer exist due to humanity’s destructive effects on the planet. → Read More

Researchers Call for Rare Tree's Conservation Decades After Its Declared Extinction

Mistakenly presumed extinct for 22 years, the rare Wendlandia angustifolia tree now has an opportunity for priority preservation → Read More

Australian Plant Species Face 'Imminent Extinction' From Invasive Pathogen

The once-common native guava has nearly vanished—killed off by an invasive fungus that arrived just 10 years ago. Other plant species may soon follow → Read More

Can You Draw An Extinct Species From Memory?

An art project brings to light how quickly the species we’ve lost can fade from our consciousness. Try your own hand at #DrawingExtinction → Read More

An Emerging Threat to Conservation: Fear of Nature

It’s called “biophobia,” a disconnection from nature that reduces our will to preserve species and habitats. But new research points toward wild solutions. → Read More

Nine New Environmental Books You Need to Read This Month

March’s best books examine how cities and families can fight climate change; look at the history of Earth Day; and reveal threats to wild spaces. → Read More

Pesticides Are Killing Off the Andean Condor

Livestock owners needlessly fear these massive South American birds — and lure them to their deaths with poisons. That puts the entire species at risk. → Read More

32 Orchid Species Feared Extinct in Bangladesh

And they’re not the only ones in trouble—orchid species around the world face increasing threats from illegal trade and habitat destruction → Read More

What A Special Black-footed Ferret Can Teach Us About Conservation Success

When a species is critically endangered, every individual matters. → Read More

The Faces of Extinction: The Species We Lost in 2019

Three bird species, two frogs, a shark, a famous snail and one of the world’s largest freshwater fish were among those declared extinct this year. → Read More

Welcome to 2020: 8 Important Environmental Stories to Follow This Year

From the extinction crisis to plastic pollution and the 2020 election, these are some of the stories we expect to dominate headlines in the year ahead. → Read More

What Are You Doing for the Climate Strike?

Around the world this week, people will stop what they’re doing and stand up to call for great action against climate change. → Read More

Can bananas fend off fatal fungus?

Devastating fungus has spread to new parts of the globe. → Read More