How climate crisis made my British butterfly hunt a race against time

The naturalist Stephen Moss finally achieved his aim to see all 61 of the UK's butterfly species. But those that thrive on the margins could vanish as temperatures rise.

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Monarch butterfly faces survival threats tied to climate change

The other end of the Monarch supply chain, in Mexico, to which the Monarchs migrate every winter, is largely destroying itself with the invaluable help of humans.

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Butterfly numbers fell by one third in the US over last two decades

Butterfly numbers have dropped by one third in the last two decades in the US, echoing declines seen in Europe. These figures raise alarm bells for the health of other insect populations, because butterflies face similar environmental changes and are used as a proxy for studying insects in general.

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Biodiversity

Texas butterfly sanctuary files emergency restraining order to stop Trump's border wall construction

The National Butterfly Center has filed for a restraining order to keep federal agents and contractors - who plan to build a border wall through the popular nature preserve - off its property.

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Originals

Peter Dykstra: Tomb of the unknown stories

Like many Americans, I sat slackjawed this week as the two most powerful Democrats in the nation hectored the President as if they were both 12-year-olds. And the President, off on a tear about who would pay for his border wall, behaved like a 9-year-old.

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Six years ago, about four of these butterflies existed. This is how science saved them.

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Congress is quietly letting Trump bulldoze a butterfly refuge to build a border wall

One wildlife refuge was spared, but Congress funded 33 miles of new wall that would cut through protected areas in Texas.
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Food

A Farm Bill even birds and butterflies can love?

As Congress considers updated funding for food and agriculture, it’s also pondering a proposal to favor native plants on conservation land.
Toxics

Nathan Donley: Monarch butterflies face the dicamba pesticide threat

The ongoing decline in populations foreshadows an ever-darkening picture for monarchs heading into a growing season where farmers are projected to use tens of millions of additional pounds of the drift-prone pesticide dicamba.
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Research: Climate change could change genes of the Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly

The reality of climate change poses a significant threat to global biodiversity. As temperatures rise, the survival of individual species will ultimately depend on their ability to adapt to changes
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