Surviving in Isolation, Where the Steppe Has Turned to Sand

In the Russian republic of Kalmykia, the encroaching desert has transformed the landscape. “Nature,” one farmer said, “is forcing us to leave.”

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How the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause Affects New York

A program to vaccinate homebound older people was put on hold while the one-shot vaccine was paused.

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Palestinian Hamlet Embodies Fight for the West Bank’s Future

Israel suspended a decision to annex a section of the territory last year, but its military still exerts tight control over Palestinians in the area.

#cheese, #defense-and-military-forces, #demolition, #israel, #middle-east, #palestinians, #sheep, #west-bank

Smoky Artwork by Judy Chicago at Desert Zoo Is Canceled

“Living Smoke” was scheduled for April but the California venue withdrew after an activist said the colorful smoke display could harm the environment.

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Monitoring the Weather at the Edge of the World

Marsibil Erlendsdottir runs a farm and provides weather reports from a remote outpost in eastern Iceland. The job requires vigilance and an unfailing resolve.

#agriculture-and-farming, #iceland, #sheep, #snow-and-snowstorms, #travel-and-vacations, #weather

For Senegal’s Biggest Holiday, a Shortage of the All-Important Sheep

Properly celebrating Tabaski, as Eid al-Adha is known in Senegal, requires a sacrificial sheep. Coronavirus restrictions have made the animals more expensive, putting them out of reach of many.

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Shearing Sheep, and Hewing to Tradition, on an Island in Maine

In a remote area of Maine, the Wakeman family maintains the traditions of island shepherding, the cycles of which have been largely unchanged for centuries.

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Coronavirus Canceled County Fairs. Now Children Show Their Cows and Sheep Virtually.

The coronavirus has thwarted summertime fairs, a tradition for youngsters who work on farms all year for their moment in the ring.

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A Shortage of Steak? Yes, and Ranchers Knew It Was Coming

The pandemic has laid bare the instability of the industrialized food chain.

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Don’t Fence Me In: The Comforts of a Sheep Video

It’s the virus-era version of the perpetual yule log — a six-hour loop of grazing livestock that provides soothing balm to the shut-in.

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