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Amanda Little: Climate change is already shocking our food chain

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 13, 2021

Stuart Woolf, a large almond and tomato producer, recently bulldozed 400 acres of almond orchards in central California – about 50,000 trees that under normal conditions would have produced $2.5 million of nuts every year for another decade. It’s a fraction of the 25,000 acres his family farms, but razing the land was a necessary triage – “Like cutting off your horribly infected hand to keep the rest of the body going,” he told me.

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Amy Hagstrom Miller: What it’s like operating a Texas abortion clinic under the state’s new ban

It’s been nearly a month since our country’s cruelest abortion ban went into effect. As of midnight on Sept. 1, most Texans seeking abortion care have been left powerless and afraid. Providing abortion care in Texas was difficult before, but now we are living in a dystopian nightmare. Let me share what it was like on the night of Aug. 31 at Whole Woman’s Health of Fort Worth.
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Biden’s plan to vaccinate the world won’t work. Here’s a better one.

On Sept. 22, at a global COVID-19 summit held in conjunction with the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, President Joe Biden asked the world's leaders to "go big" on vaccine donations: He announced a goal of vaccinating 70% of the world's population by next September. The president was responding in part to growing discontent about global vaccine inequities: Some 79% of vaccinations have occurred in higher-income countries, compared with 0.5% in low-income countries. And Africa has vaccinated only 4% of its population.
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A sobering fact Biden is learning: Good policy is not good politics

In the early days of Joe Biden’s term, clever observers had a piece of advice for the new president and his party that was repeated often: Do popular things. It was a bit tongue-in-cheek for being so obvious, but that was the point. Rather than turn his political strategy into a Rube Goldberg machine with a hundred moving parts, he should simply pursue his most widely supported objectives. That, it was said, is the only way to win, especially to prevent one’s presidency being hamstrung by a midterm election loss that gives the opposition control of Congress.