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Heating up the immigration crisis

27 July 2010

I’m glad to see Felipe Calderón is back to talking about climate change — given that one of the few positives of his administration (before it got sidetracked into the proxy war on drugs for the United States) was giving serious attention to steps to ameliorate the global warming problem.  The Billion Trees Program, which showed so much promise, has basically been forgotten, but it did start with some tree-planting along the border, as much to cover that ugly U.S. fence as to offset at least some of the deforestation and environmental degradation that only adds to this country’s — and this planet’s  woes.

Perhaps this (from the BBC, via Mexico Portal) might make the U.S. sit up and take notice:

A warming climate could see millions of adult Mexicans migrate to the US as rising temperatures cause a drop in crop yields, according to a study by researchers at Princeton University.

For every 10% of lost crop yields in Mexico, another 2% of Mexicans are likely to leave their country, the study says.

The research draws a clear connection between climate change and immigration – two heavily debated issues in the US. It says warming may bring between 1.4m and 6.7m Mexicans to the US by 2080.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Frank permalink
    27 July 2010 2:50 pm

    before it got sidetracked into the proxy war on drugs for the United States) was

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    I guess mexico’s citizens shouldn’t be concerned with the thousands killed in mexico because it’s the proxy U.S. war on drugs.

    The corruption and other problems in mexico are the problem of the U.S.

  2. Maggie permalink
    28 July 2010 11:22 pm

    Well, there might not be any drinkable water in the US. Just finished watching Gasland. Thanks George and Cheney you jerks.

    )c;

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