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Feds halt Mexican gray wolf kills in Arizona, New Mexico in bid for genetic diversity

To foster the Mexican gray wolves’ long term success in the Southwest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced it will lift a 325-animal cap on the population according to a draft of the proposed rule published Friday. ... Read more»0

Enviros blast cattle grazing at critical habitat in Arizona's Agua Fria Monument

Environmental groups sued the Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday for failing to monitor cattle grazing in Arizona’s Agua Fria National Monument, putting endangered fish and birds as well as critical habitat at risk. ... Read more»0

Western wildfires drive increasing overlap of particle pollution and ground-level ozone

Increasingly frequent wildfires in the western U.S. are driving particle pollution to occur with late summer ozone episodes and raising new public health concerns about cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses and the combined air pollutants in pregnant women and children.... Read more»0

Learning from COVID, researchers prep universal vaccine for next coronavirus outbreak

The Walter Reed vaccine — which would provide immunity against several different coronaviruses — completed phase 1 human trials in November, marking an important step forward in the development of a universal vaccine to combat future coronavirus outbreaks.... Read more»0

Court reinstates Election Day deadline to correct unsigned ballots in Arizona

Arizona can throw out mail-in ballots that haven’t been signed by Election Day, following a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel’s reversal of a 2020 permanent injunction requested by the state's Democratic Party. ... Read more»1

Expert panel recommends Merck COVID treatment drug to FDA in close vote

An expert panel voted 13-10 Tuesday recommending the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grant emergency use authorization to a new drug developed by Merck to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in unvaccinated patients. ... Read more»0

Model estimates COVID-19 infected nearly a third of Americans in 2020

America reported the highest rate of COVID-19 infections globally last year, but even 20 million was an undercount, according to research published on Thursday estimating 31% of the country contracted the infectious disease in 2020. ... Read more»0

CDC recommends COVID-19 booster shots for all Americans

U.S. health officials announced a plan to recommend that all Americans, but particularly those who are elderly or otherwise at risk of serious infection from COVID-19, obtain booster shots to better withstand an ongoing surge of the virus's more infectious Delta variant. ... Read more»0

You can smoke it but you can’t study it: Cannabis researchers get creative

As more states legalize marijuana, the plant's federal prohibition makes it difficult to study in the lab, forcing researchers to get creative in their methods to answer questions on the benefits and risks of treating conditions like cancer, anxiety and migraines with cannabis.... Read more»0

Decades of climate data reveal longer droughts, erratic rainfall in Southwest

Longer droughts and spotty rainfall are a recipe for water shortage — something already being seen throughout much of the American West. With climate change, scientists expect the Southwest U.S. to become hotter and drier over the next century.... Read more»0

U.S. unemployment hits 18M, highest mark to date

Doling out benefits to some 18 million Americans, the Department of Labor announced Thursday that 12.4% of the U.S. were collecting insured unemployment as of last week.... Read more»0

6.6 million Americans file unemployment claims — doubling last week's record

The U.S. Department of Labor reported 6.6 million people applied for unemployment insurance benefits over the last week—roughly 2% of the country’s population. ... Read more»0

Definition of 'essential' probed in ranchers’ beef over jaguar habitat

In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated 764,207 acres of land in Arizona and the southwest corner of New Mexico as critical habitat for a jaguar population concentrated 130 miles south in Mexico, but the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau argued before the 10th Circuit last Wednesday that land designated in the state for the predators isn’t essential to their conservation.... Read more»0