CBP Gains an Extra Layer of Secrecy ; A Second Butterfly Defender Has Been Found Dead in Mexico ; and More Picks 2/5

Customs and Border Protection Gains an Extra Layer of Secrecy (Chris)

From the Nation: “By gaining a ‘security agency’ designation, the border police can further shield themselves from public view.”

Hundreds of Salvadorans Deported by US Were Killed or Abused (Chris)

The author writes, “Human Rights Watch has documented 138 deported Salvadorans murdered by gang members, police, soldiers, death squads and ex-partners between 2013 and 2019. The majority were killed within two years of deportation by the same perpetrators they had tried to escape by seeking safety in the US. The report, ‘Deported to Danger: United States deportation policies expose Salvadorans to death and abuse,’ also identifies more than 70 others who were subjected to beatings, sexual assault and extortion — usually at the hand of gangs — or who went missing after being returned.”

Tackling Air Pollution May Accidentally Trigger Serious Health Issues (Gerry)

The author writes, “Many urban areas around the world are in breach of World Health Organization guidelines on PM2.5, particulate matter with a maximum diameter of 2.5 micrometres. Vehicles are a common source of this kind of pollution. But simply reducing levels of PM2.5 pollution may not improve the safety of urban air. A Chinese-US team has found that PM2.5 plays a key role in suppressing the formation of another type of pollution in built-up areas — ‘ultrafine particles.’ These have a diameter of under 50 nanometres, and an emerging body of work has linked them to health concerns including birth defects.”

A Second Butterfly Defender Has Been Found Dead in Mexico (Mili) 

From Earther: “Two butterfly activists have been found dead in Mexico in less than a week.” 

These Dogs May Save the Citrus Industry From a Devastating Pandemic (Mili) 

The author writes, “Researchers find that dogs can be trained to sniff out the bacteria that causes citrus greening, with 99+ percent accuracy.”

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