Climate Disasters Leave Undocumented Immigrants Up the Creek

Residents of Queens, New York, in the aftermath of flooding from September’s Hurricane Ida.Jeenah Moon/The Washington Post/Getty

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When Hurricane Ida hit New York City on September 16, it dumped more than three inches of rain an hour. Sewers overflowed, streets turned into rivers, and thousands of homes and basements across the city’s five boroughs flooded.

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Op-Ed: Southern California’s beaches are running out of sand

Do you enjoy a walk on the sand? Throwing down your beach towel and an umbrella to lose yourself for a few hours? Or a family barbecue with the kids building sandcastles? Enjoy it while you can.
Southern California’s sandy beaches are under duress and need our help. That became impossible to ignore this month when the beach at San Clemente thinned so much that waves crashed over the rail tracks, making that line impassable. Service between Los Angeles and San Diego was suspended Sept. 16 and is expected to resume Monday after repairs.

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A billionaire wants to build a utopia in the US desert. Seems like this could go wrong | Jessa Crispin

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A billionaire wants to build a utopia in the US desert. Seems like this could go wrong

Jessa Crispin

The architects of the proposed 150,000-acre project are scouting the American south-west. They’re already predicting the first residents can move in by 2030

Entrepreneur Marc Lore, left, at a high-tech aviation expo in Hawthorne, California. Lore wants to build a ‘city of the future’ in the desert. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty Images

Entrepreneur Marc Lore, left, at a high-tech aviation expo in Hawthorne, California.

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America’s car crash epidemic

Driving is the most dangerous thing most Americans do every day. Virtually every American knows someone who’s been injured in a car crash, and each year cars kill about as many people as guns and severely injure millions.
It’s a public health crisis in any year, and somehow, the pandemic has only made it more acute. Even as Americans have been driving less in the past year or so, car crash deaths (including both occupants of vehicles and pedestrians) have surged.

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Occupy Ten Years On: An Interview With Winnie Wong

Friday is the tenth anniversary of the beginning of Occupy Wall Street, a monthslong activist annexation of public space around the world. Almost to this day, the media depicts Occupy as an inchoate mass of discontented young people with no real ideas or specifics or strategy to bend politics to their liking. And yet in 2011, when it began, the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer was trying to figure out how to cut Social Security and raise the Medicare eligibility age in a grand bargain with Republicans over the deficit.

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Occupy Ten Years On: An Interview With Winnie Wong

Friday is the tenth anniversary of the beginning of Occupy Wall Street, a monthslong activist annexation of public space around the world. Almost to this day, the media depicts Occupy as an inchoate mass of discontented young people with no real ideas or specifics or strategy to bend politics to their liking. And yet in 2011, when it began, the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer was trying to figure out how to cut Social Security and raise the Medicare eligibility age in a grand bargain with Republicans over the deficit.

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What the Taliban’s new government tells us about how they will rule

The Taliban announced an interim government last week, as the movement transitions from insurgency to rulers of Afghanistan.
The top-level cabinet positions are all male, many of them staffed by Taliban loyalists, including those who had positions in the 1990s Taliban. It is a sign that, despite promises of some moderation, the new Taliban looks a lot like the old Taliban.

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This Restaurant Transformed Its Parking Lot Into a Dining Oasis

Before Los Angeles temporarily eased its zoning requirements and allowed restaurants to expand outdoor seating during the COVID-19 pandemic, the parking lot of The Golden Bull wasn’t very “appealing,” recalls hospitality consultant Marvin Wells.
Today, it has artificial grass, tiered levels, heat lamps, and a gardener to take care of the landscaping. “It is actually the biggest part of the restaurant that we’ve had,” says Wells. “We’re busier than we’ve ever been.

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“America Is Segregated, and So Is Pollution”

“I can’t breathe.” That phrase has become synonymous with the fight against police violence, but it also applies to another important civil rights issue: environmental justice. Historically, Black communities, from big cities to rural enclaves, have suffered disproportionately from the consequences of environmental abuse and neglect, and climate change is making the situation worse.
Many Black Americans have dedicated their lives to helping communities of color protect themselves from environmental racism.

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“America Is Segregated, and So Is Pollution”

“I can’t breathe.” That phrase has become synonymous with the fight against police violence, but it also applies to another important civil rights issue: environmental justice. Historically, Black communities, from big cities to rural enclaves, have suffered disproportionately from the consequences of environmental abuse and neglect, and climate change is making the situation worse.
Many Black Americans have dedicated their lives to helping communities of color protect themselves from environmental racism.

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