Chile Peppers Threatened by Climate Change

Chile peppers, which are native to South America, were introduced to what is now New Mexico more than four centuries ago. But growers of the state’s iconic crop are already seeing the effects of climate change in a year beleaguered by drought — and their concern for the crop’s future grows.

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On Monday, the drugmaker Merck and a partner, Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, announced they were seeking emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for a new Covid-19 drug. If authorized, the drug, molnupiravir, would be the first antiviral pill to treat Covid-19.

Book Review: An Epic History of Our Warming Planet

In “Our Biggest Experiment,” Alice Bell traces the evolution of climate change and the scientific discoveries that revealed the hazards of unfettered energy consumption. Through this wide-ranging history, Bell portrays a fragile world of interconnected problems, the climate crisis fully underway.

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