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Monarch migration plunges to lowest level in decades

By Michael Wines, March 13, 2013. Source: The New York Times

The monarch population has declined with extreme weather and changes in farming that have diminished its source of food.  Photo: Travis Morisse/ The Hutchinson News via Associated Press

The monarch population has declined with extreme weather and changes in farming that have diminished its source of food. Photo: Travis Morisse/ The Hutchinson News via Associated Press

The number of monarch butterflies that completed an annual migration to their winter home in a Mexican forest sank this year to its lowest level in at least two decades, due mostly to extreme weather and changed farming practices in North America, the Mexican government and a conservation alliance reported on Wednesday.

The monarch population has declined with extreme weather and changes in farming that have diminished its source of food.

The area of forest occupied by the butterflies, once as high at 50 acres, dwindled to 2.94 acres in the annual census conducted in December,Mexico’s National Commission of Natural Protected Areas disclosed at a news conference in Zitácuaro, Mexico.

That was a 59 percent decline from the 7.14 acres of butterflies measured in December 2011. Continue reading

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Statement of Asia Social Movements on Climate Change at the Asia Social Movements Assembly

6 December 2012. Source:  Via Campesina

World Social Forum on Migrations, Manila, Philippines:

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We have seen climate change related phenomena with intensity never seen before, like Hurricane Sandy, in many parts of the world in the past year.  We no longer have the luxury of time as incidents of increasingly severe storms, floods, droughts, disruption of water cycles and other similar events are becoming the “new normal” for many countries. It is also becoming apparent that climate change is instigating more forced migration, and will create more climate refugees. An estimated 200 million people could be displaced by climate change by 2050. In 2010 alone, it was estimated that more than 30 million people were forcibly displaced by environmental and weather-related disasters across Asia and this number will continue to rise. Climate change has also been wreaking havoc on crops and farmlands, worsening the already growing food crisis and pushing even more people into hunger.

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