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Climate change: Migrant species do well in warm and wet UK in 2019

Climate change: Migrant species do well in warm and wet UK in 2019

Science
It's been a good year for migrant butterflies, moths and dragonflies in the UK, according to a review of 2019 by the National Trust. The charity says warm and wet weather saw the biggest influx of painted lady butterflies in a decade. But the impacts of drought and wildfires in some parts mean it's not been a good year for natterjack toads and water voles.The fires saw the habitats of mountain hares impacted as well. The changeable nature of the weather in 2019 meant there were mixed outcomes for species around the country. The warm spells in the earlier part of the year saw lots of moths, butterflies and dragonflies from Europe arrive en masse. Chief among them was the painted lady butterfly. This orange and black spotted specie...
Italy lets 27 minors off migrant ship after loosening ban

Italy lets 27 minors off migrant ship after loosening ban

World
Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Under political heat, Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini reluctantly loosened the ban Saturday to let 27 unaccompanied minors off the stranded migrant rescue ship. The humanitarian ship operated by Spanish nonprofit group Proactiva Open Arms has been stranded off the Italian island of Lampedusa, and an Italian court ruled earlier in the week to allow it to dock in Italy despite Salvini's ban against the ship docking in Italy. Salvini, who came to power with anti-immigrant sentiment, had been in political standoff with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte before loosening the ban. On Saturday, he authorized the disembarkation of 27 unaccompanied minors off the ship though he said he was doing so "against his will" and only because the prime minister asked him to ...

Claims: Migrant children molested in US-funded foster care

Health
This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE on the treatment of migrant children, which includes an upcoming film. ——— After local Guatemalan officials burned down an environmental activist's home, he decided to leave his village behind and flee to the United States, hoping he'd be granted asylum and his little boy, whose heart was failing, would receive lifesaving medical care. But after crossing the border into Arizona in May of last year, Border Patrol agents tore the man's 7-year-old son from his arms and sent the father nearly 2,000 miles (3,220 kilometers) away to a detention center in Georgia. The boy, now 8, went into a U.S.-funded foster home for migrant children in New York. The foster care programs are aimed at

Claims: Migrant kids split at border harmed in foster care

Health
This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE on the treatment of migrant children. ——— Dozens of families separated at the border as part of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy are preparing to sue the federal government, including several who say their young children were sexually, physically or emotionally abused in federally funded foster care. A review of 38 legal claims obtained by The Associated Press — some of which have never been made public — shows taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $ 200 million in damages. More than 3,000 migrant children were taken from their parents at the border in recent years and many more lawsuits are expected, potentially totaling in the billions. The families — so
Migrant ships sink, killing 150 people in the Mediterranean Sea

Migrant ships sink, killing 150 people in the Mediterranean Sea

World
July 25 (UPI) -- At least 150 migrants died when two boats sank off the coast of Libya Thursday, the worst disaster in the Mediterranean Sea this year, the U.N. Refugee Agency reported. The boats were carrying about 300 people when they sank about 80 miles east of Tripoli, UNHCR spokesman Charlie Yaxley said. Some were rescued by local fishermen and, later, the Libyan coastguard. More than 600 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea this year," Yaxley said. "If current trends continue, we are likely to see more than a thousand people lose their life on the Mediterranean for the sixth year in a row, which is a bleak milestone for us to be reaching," Yaxley said. He calls for a major shift in approach to the Mediterranean situation. "Urgent action is needed to save lives at...