pandemic

Water

California expands drought emergency to large swath of state

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday expanded a drought emergency to a large swath of the nation’s most populous state while seeking more than $6 billion in multiyear water spending as one of the warmest, driest springs on record threatens another severe wildfire season across the American West. The Democratic governor said he is acting

Science

NAU team finds U.S. greenhouse gas emissions decline during COVID lockdown 3x greater than previously reported

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally and continues to influence emissions as the response to COVID-19 evolves. Reliable data that can provide a real-time update of emissions has been difficult to acquire and emissions estimates, thus far, have relied on indirect or “proxy” metrics. Now, professor Kevin Gurney of Northern

Population Changes

California leaving: State population declines for first time

California’s population fell by more than 182,000 last year, the first yearly loss ever recorded for the nation’s most populous state that halted a growth streak dating to its founding in 1850 on the heels of a gold rush that prompted a flood of people to seek their fortune in the West. The figures released

Gaming

One move ahead: Growth of chess soars during pandemic, especially online

Jericho Hall was 6 when she first saw a chessboard. Hall’s grandfather showed her the pieces, puzzled by the distinct figures, numbers and letters around the wooden board in her home in Texas. “I was intrigued by it because it was nothing I had seen before,” Hall said. “I found the instruction booklet on how

Immigration

Biden quadruples Trump refugee cap after delay backlash

President Joe Biden on Monday formally raised the nation’s cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year, weeks after facing bipartisan blowback for his delay in replacing the record-low ceiling set by former President Donald Trump. Refugee resettlement agencies have waited for Biden to quadruple the number of refugees allowed into the United States this

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