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Tucson's 10-year climate change agenda will spend 3 years just coming up with a plan

The good news is Tucson has committed to carbon neutrality by 2030. The bad news is that they are spending the first three years of a decade-long agenda just coming up with a plan, with pretty limited action in the meantime.... Read more»1

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Dairy farmers forced to adjust their practices during COVID-19 pandemic

Shocking videos of dairy farmers dumping thousands of gallons of milk have been circulating on the internet, as the coronavirus outbreak has forced dairy farmers across the country to dump their excess milk supply to offset their losses and keep prices stable.... Read more»

Early data shows African Americans disproportionately affected by coronavirus

Environmental, economic and political factors have compounded for generations, putting black people at higher risk of chronic conditions that leave lungs weak and immune systems vulnerable: asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. These conditions make the coronavirus more dangerous than it already is.... Read more»

Not so fast using CPAPs in place of ventilators: They could spread coronavirus

CPAP machines used to help people with sleep apnea may make for good complements to much-needed ventilators. Yet they might also spread the virus to others.... Read more»

Homeless people vulnerable to coronavirus as Americans are told to stay home

Homelessness was at crisis levels in the United States. COVID-19 has put this already vulnerable population even more at risk.... Read more»

Precautions against COVID-19 for seniors

Everyone age 60 and older is at high risk of complications from COVID-19 and should adopt measures to limit contact with others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.... Read more»

How federal agencies put immigrants and immigration workers at risk amid coronavirus outbreak

ICE has suspended social visits to detention centers and begun screening newly arrived detainees for symptoms. But inside, detainees said, little else has changed in response to the virus. ... Read more»

Native American tribes expect little help in fighting coronavirus spread

As tribes across the country take steps to fight the spread of the coronavirus, they’re doing so mindful that the virus has proven especially dangerous to the elderly, a venerated group in many Native communities.... Read more»

Emergency responders getting little guidance in dealing with coronavirus outbreak

Key direction from the CDC on how to protect emergency responders came after the first American case and the exposure of at least one firefighter. It’s yet another example of a fragmented and halting response at the highest levels of government.... Read more»

Arizona universities scramble to evacuate students from foreign coronavirus hot spots

Universities across the state are scrambling to bring students home from study abroad programs in countries with a high number of cases of COVID-19, the flu-like disease caused by the novel coronavirus.... Read more»

Out of sight is out of mind: Small communities across U.S. struggle in shadow of larger disasters

Small towns struck by disasters often must rely on neighbors and non-profits more than federal assistance to rebuild in the aftermath.... Read more»

Worker advocates burned up over lack of federal heat protections

OSHA has yet to establish a heat standard that would give employers specific requirements regarding water, rest breaks and shade. ... Read more»

Gosar shouted down at right-wing groups’ event on social media access

Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar called police on protesters during a forum complaining about conservative speech being "shut down" on social media.... Read more»

Protect wolves or hunt them? Western states are in the crosshairs

As gray wolves multiply and come off endangered species lists in Western states, a new problem has emerged: Packs of wolves are harassing ranchers, their sheep and cattle. And states are trying to walk the line between the ranchers, who view the animals as an economic and physical menace, and environmentalists, who see their reintroduction as a success story.... Read more»

SciCheck

Factcheck: Is marijuana really a 'gateway drug'?

Chris Christie said that marijuana is a “gateway drug” while arguing for enforcement of its federal status as an illegal substance. Though there are correlations between marijuana use and other drugs, there is no conclusive evidence that one actually causes the other. The science on this topic is far from settled.... Read more»2

Recreational pot might make 2016 Az ballot

With proposals to have Arizona follow the lead of Colorado and Washington going nowhere at the state Legislature, advocates are organizing to put recreational use of marijuana on the 2016 ballot. ... Read more»1

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