This is cotton, grown in the Arizona desert

This week, ProPublica unveiled its 5-part series on “the truth behind the water crisis in the West,” beginning with this story on Arizona cotton. Every year, Arizona farmers plant 100,000 acres or more of cotton in the desert. And every year, the federal government hands out millions of dollars to support those farmers and those […]

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The case of the shrinking goats

New research from Durham University examines the possible connections between climate change and smaller size/weight loss among Alpine Chamois mountain goats in the past 30 years. Many other studies have shown climate change affects the amount of food available to wild animals. But in this case, researchers speculate goats are behaving differently – resting more […]