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Racism and classism go hand in hand

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Racism and classism make for interesting bedfellows. The nonprofit Class Action, explains the interconnection of race and class as so: “In the 1800s and early 1900s, some immigrant groups, who are now considered white, faced significant prejudice and discrimination, yet only the biases against people of color were encoded into laws. To undo today’s extreme class inequality is impossible without dismantling institutionalized racism – and vice versa.” Classism and racism feed off each other. They fuel each other, and by diminishing the prevalence of one, you begin to diminish the other. The disparity between white and nonwhite income levels is increasing at the middle-class level. According to a recent Pew Research study, the median net worth for white middle income families in 2016 was four times greater than black middle income families, and 3.4 times greater than Hispanic families....

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New weapon in war against climate change: Surprise! It’s a camera

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Last June, a jaguar named “Sombra” wandered in front of an isolated wildlife camera in the Chiricahua Mountains. Detecting motion, the camera began recording an infrared video. Sombra stopped in front of the camera. Crickets clicked in the darkness while the big cat looked around before wandering off. These wildlife cameras, often used by hunters to track game, change the way conservationists and biologists discover, monitor and view wildlife. The data collected over years of the National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring programs will provide substantial data for scientists to better understand the future effects of climate change. Data and footage from the cameras have been used in climate-change arguments, litigation and even spurred solutions such as the Oracle Road wildlife-crossing bridge in Oro Valley. Randy Serraglio, southwest conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity, oversees the wildlife cameras...

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