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Park closures have unequal costs
Park closures have unequal costs
As we limit outdoor access, consider the impact on underrepresented communities.
Domestic violence in New Mexico is on the rise, but shelters are nearly empty
Domestic violence in New Mexico is on the rise, but shelters are nearly empty
Stay-at-home orders keep domestic violence survivors inside with their abusers.
Hispanic-serving colleges and universities struggle to adapt to the pandemic
Hispanic-serving colleges and universities struggle to adapt to the pandemic
‘Government support is going to be vital.’
How Mormon history helps explain today’s public-land fights
How Mormon history helps explain today’s public-land fights
Betsy Gaines Quammen’s new book looks at the Bundy family and religion’s connection to the Western landscape.
Pro tips on physical distancing from the nonhuman world
Pro tips on physical distancing from the nonhuman world
Get lit, howl and mind your paws.
Casino closures in Indian Country hit core tribal services
Casino closures in Indian Country hit core tribal services
Tribal government gaming is at a standstill, amounting to $4.4 billion in lost economic activity.
Meet the outfitters welcoming Grand Canyon rafters to a COVID-19 reality
Meet the outfitters welcoming Grand Canyon rafters to a COVID-19 reality
‘A harsh ending to a pretty wonderful experience.’
Public health workers innovate around social distancing guidelines
Public health workers innovate around social distancing guidelines
Outreach to immigrant communities moves to Facebook and phones, as roving mobile health programs deliver food and medicine.
How do you stay at home when you’ve chosen a life on the road?
How do you stay at home when you’ve chosen a life on the road?
Those who live nomadically face new pressures under coronavirus.
As COVID-19 spreads, so does misinformation
As COVID-19 spreads, so does misinformation
Sociologist Emma Spiro tracks the sources of coronavirus rumors, from information voids to information overload.
Air pollution and COVID-19 could be a dangerous cocktail
Air pollution and COVID-19 could be a dangerous cocktail
Pollution already makes breathing harder for some. Will the pandemic follow similar patterns?
What role should medical students play during COVID-19?
What role should medical students play during COVID-19?
Some students want to step into the fight against the pandemic, but safety and preparation is a concern.
‘We run towards problems, not away from them.’
‘We run towards problems, not away from them.’
As COVID-19 closes in, a rural doctor awaits the inevitable.
Coronavirus shows we must change how we live or face self-destruction
Coronavirus shows we must change how we live or face self-destruction
Indigenous knowledge has a lot to teach us about global pandemics.
Trump’s EPA halts environmental law enforcement during coronavirus pandemic
Trump’s EPA halts environmental law enforcement during coronavirus pandemic
The decision has caused an uproar among former agency officials.
Safe at home in Los Angeles
Safe at home in Los Angeles
Even under restrictions, the city shines for all to see.
The botched efforts to stop coronavirus and climate change
The botched efforts to stop coronavirus and climate change
Why a decisive societal response is needed.
Support groups grapple with social distance and isolation
Support groups grapple with social distance and isolation
As mental health services and addiction recovery groups move online, a resilient community adapts to COVID-19.
During the pandemic, how do you ethically get outdoors?
During the pandemic, how do you ethically get outdoors?
Sheltering responsibly doesn’t mean you have to stay inside.
Misrepresenting traditional knowledge during COVID-19 is dangerous
Misrepresenting traditional knowledge during COVID-19 is dangerous
Indigenous scholars say claims of herbal cures amounts to malpractice.
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