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Stories Of 2020: Climate Change, And Our Response To It, Is Making Life Hard For Desert Tortoises

Luke Runyon

As we approach the end of 2020, we're looking back at some stories of interest by KUNC reporters over the past year.

Few species are equipped to handle a hot and dry climate better than the desert tortoise. This ancient creature inhabits some of the harshest areas of the American Southwest. But with climate change making their home hotter and drier, how are they coping? To find out, Luke Runyon took a hike in the Mojave Desert in early 2020.

Every time thick, dark rain clouds move over the deserts that surround Las Vegas, there's an anticipatory buzz. Flora and fauna alike begin preparing for…

As KUNC’s managing editor and reporter covering the Colorado River Basin, I dig into stories that show how water issues can both unite and divide communities throughout the Western U.S. I edit and produce feature stories for KUNC and a network of public media stations in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada.