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natural world. >> we've returned this iconic mammal to illinois. >> we can make clean drinking water just using the sun. >> this opens up whole new possibilities. >> al jazeera america, proud to tell your stories. this is al jazeera america. i'm randall pinkston in new york with a look at today's top stories. >> i hope on tuesday you go out, you vote for me. i am not let you down >> you might want to ask everyone here to vote for me ten times it's the countdown to the wisconsin primary. a chance for ted cruz to slow donald trump's march to the republican nomination
>> people have called me everything, but not a quitter. >> if there is a large turn out, we will win bernie sanders having to use the state to continue his winning streak putting more pressure on hillary clinton. plus while world leaders gathered at washington's nuclear summit, north korea launched a missile. tonight we look at the battle to stop nuclear proliferation. we begin tonight with the next defining contest in the race for the white house. what happens in wisconsin over the next couple of days could shape the future for the dems
and republicans. there are 42 up for grabs. ted cruz has a commanding lead in the polls. for the 36 is needed. >> bernie sanders in wisconsin with young people hammered home his familiar themes. >> the reality today is that we have a handful of billionaires, people like the coke brothers and others who are prepared to spend hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars on elections >> the latest poll shows the senator and hillary clinton neck to neck. hillary clinton was elsewhere. she returned to wisconsin saturday to hold rallies. >> i'm also a democrat and have
been a proud democrat all my adult life. and i think that's kind of important if we're selecting someone to be the democratic nominee of the democratic party >> reporter: meanwhile the latest poll of likely republican primary voters shows donald trump losing ground. ted cruz has a double digit lead over trump. john kasich is in third place with 21%. the last poll taken in february had donald trump at 30% and cruz at 19%. >> god bless the great state. >> reporter: cruz is also thinking ahead. he took a detour saturday to north dako tashgs where the state party convention is selecting the delegates this weekend >> people are waking up and help is on the way. >> reporter: all of north dakota delegates are uncommitted. so who gets chosen to fill the slot could make a big
difference, both on the convention floor and in rules meetings leading up to the july gathering >> so wisconsin, are you ready to make america great again? >> reporter: back in wisconsin trump had multiple rallies. after a rocky week for minimum on the campaign trail-- him on the campaign trail >> who is the only candidate in this race who has ever created private sector jobs and helped americans actually live the american dream. who is it? >> reporter: ohio governor john kasich who has one only one primary tried to court younger voters. john kasich worked to manage expectations saying he is focusing his efforts on nok and pensylvania >> we're running first or second in new york. we're excited and we will see how we do here. >> reporter: on wednesday
wisconsin largest newspaper endorsed john kasich >> yesterday there was a poll that came out that 38% of people that live in wisconsin don't know enough about me to decide, they don't have an opinion on me. so i'm still battling to get the recognition most say john kasich's only possible path to becoming the republican nominee is through a contested convention. turkey's president erdogan is wrapping up a vuft to the u.s.-- visit to the u.s. he criticized american politics saying some candidates are stoking islamaphobia. >> reporter: turkey's president ended his u.s. tour surrounded by pro-turkish throngs. opening a new cultural center, he lam ented the rise of islamaphobia >> translation: it is
unacceptable for the muslims of the world to be forced to pay the price of the horror of the pain and suffering caused by those here. >> reporter: then he weighed in on the presidential campaign. >> translation: it is very interesting and shocking for me to observe some of the presidential candidates here in the u.s. using these allegations and using these labels against the muslims on a continuous basis and openly. >> reporter: despite the supportive ending to his american trip, the road through washington has provoked controversy >> it is a very strong marriage of convenience. he is disappointed at obama's reaction to the issues in east, and in a region that is very unstable, but on the other hand we need turkey to do almost anything that we are required to do in the region.
>> reporter: outside his speech at the institution, erdogan security forces tried to block critical journalists from entering and clashed with protesters who dogged his every stop. even as president erdogan toured washington, washington evacuated family members of u.s. military troops from the turkish base after suicide bombers instructed in ankara, istanbul and other cities. erdogan was hoping obama was here to celebrate the opening. he declined to meet with him here. that ask widely been seen as a snub. >> reporter: obama didn't merely sideline erdogan, he scalded him >> i think the approach that they've been taking towards the press is one that could lead turkey down a path that would be very troubling. >> reporter: we asked erdogan what he thought. >> reporter: president obama
says there are troubling signs in turkey. what do you say? but he kept the answer to him emotions are running high two days before new year european refugee deal takes effect. today several hundred turks protested the deal, saying migrant who arrive back in greece back to turkey is not accepted. it calls for european country to accept one syrian refugee in turkey for every migrant who is returned from greece. protesters were also on the streets in northern greece today. residents of a greek border town say they are running out of patience as thousands of refugees are still camped out in their town. a report from the border town of idomeni >> reporter: attitude is changing. at anywheres there were solidarity with the refugees and migrants, but the people are now
telling the government in athens that livelihoods are at risk. they say their town no longer belongs to them. >> translation: when they came here we embraceed them and gave them things now our lives are unbear annual. we are scared to allow our children to play in the streets. no-one is explaining to us why they are staying here >> reporter: they have been living in the field close to the border for weeks. farmers have lost their income. they can't employee their land. the people in the village say the refugees have been stealing their chickens and for the past two weeks, the main freight railway line to the rest of europe has been blocked. they hope that the protest action will pressure the e.u. to open its borders, but it is adding more pressure on this country's already fragile economy >> translation: we are now forced to rerout our produce. we are paying 25% more and it
takes longer to deliver the goods. >> reporter: greek police have tried to move people from the tracks. they failed because people resisted and greek authorities have repeatedly said that they have no intention of evacuating idomeni by force >> reporter: this used to be a transit camp. it is home now to 12,000 people. a few hundred have agreed to move to centers prepared for them by authorities. but the majority of people here are reluctant. people are blaming the e.u. for an elastic transparency. they have set up this information center to explain to those trapped in greece their official option $, even as they argue that the system is not functioning >> our message is let the people in. our message is listen to the people here on the ground that are stuck and not treated according to human rights. their lives are on hold. the procedure that is set in place for people to exercise the
asylum system doesn't work at all >> reporter: the people say they too are under impossible strain. they temporarily block the main highway to idomeni hoping the authorities will act, but once they left refugees and migrants who continue to believe the border will open make their way to what has become a road to nowhere in brussels police are cracking down on anyone breaking the ban on protesting. demonstrations have been banned since violence broke out on sunday, but today anti islamaphobia protesters were arrested at the site of the memorial for the brussels' bombing. also right wing clashed with other groups. belgian prosecutors have charged a man connected to a thwarted plot to attack paris. the unnamed 33-year-old is tied to a case of a french man who was arrested last week.
that suspect was charged with terrorism-related offences after finding explosives, chemicals and weapons at his paris apartment. brussels international airport will reopen for a limited number of flights tomorrow. the main hall was damaged after it was attacked by the suicide bombers last month, but full service is not expected to resume until late june or early july. meanwhile, delta airline announced today it will suspend its flights between atlanta and brussels until next year. many children have been killed. the disputed region as seen here has assent this violence this bad in 20 years. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: violence has never been far away for the people of this area. a ceasefire in 1994 didn't
really bring the peace it promised, but the fighting has not been this brutal. these areas accuse each other of firing the first shots. it says its armed forces came under fire from ar till reand grenade launches and it has taken over two strategic hills and a village. the other side says it launched a massive attack. >> translation: the enemy used its air force, all sides of art ilre. they're many. we have also lost people. a >> reporter: the disputed region lies inside here, but it is a self-declared ethnic than claif running its own-- enclave running its own affairs since 1994. after the collapse of soviet union, a war broke out in 1988
to join armenia. an estimated 30,000 people died brf a ceasefire agreement in 1994. since then one has accused the other of stoking the conflict. they want armenia to return the territory. peace talks in recent years has failed to resolve the dispute. >> it has been going increasingly frustrated with the peace process and by escalating the situation. i believe they have been trying to attract more of international community's attention into the conflict resolution efforts. >> reporter: both presidents are on their way back from an international nuclear summit in washington dc. russia sells arms to both countries. it is also a mediator in the conflict and has called an end to what is the worst fighting in
the area in more than 20 years north korea is known nor unexpected action, so it was no surprise that while world leaders met in washington for the nuclear summit, necessity launched a nuclear look. we take a look at the battle to stop nuclear proliferation. later the women's soccer dispute about inequality in pay. a move to save a butter fly. nguyens az
while world leaders were n meeting for the nuclear summit, north korea launched a ballistic missile on the other side of the globe. we take a deeper look at nuclear proliferation and efforts to stop it. it is a challenge to leaders to stop other $from getting weapons. that has become harder in decade since the end of the cold war.
obama instrumented the need to-- stressed the need to enforce security measure $that were put in place following nuclear tests by north korea in february. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: the president boasted that the nations meeting here have achieved something that he called remarkable, that as of now highly enriched uranium plutonium has been removed from facilities in 30 companies enough to create 150 nuclear weapons. he said now and what he called terrorist and criminal gangs look around for ingredients for a nuclear device, vast regions of the world are off limits. >> reporter: the same hall where president obama opened the first nuclear summit six years ago, he sounded an ominous warning about the growing threat of nuclear terrorism >> just the smallest amount of
plutonium, about the size of an apple, could kill and injure thousands of innocent people. it would be a catastrophe with global ramifications for decades. it would change our world. >> reporter: the leaders and delegates from more than 50 nations all committed to varies ways to secure-- various ways to secure material which could be used to make a low-tech dirty bomb if it fell into the wrong hands. >> there is no doubt that if these madmen ever got their hand on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material, they would certainly use it to kill as many innocent people as possible >> we have to stop securing these materials like they're library books and start security them like they are the gold of fort knox. >> reporter: a group that advocates for smaller nuclear
stock piles gives president obama for giving headway for securing loose nuclear material, but with the the rise of i.s.i.l. progress is far too slow. >> this summit ilthe make us asafer. it is a good thing, but when you're fleeing a forest fire, it's not just the direction that matters, it's the speed. can you go fast enough to get to safety before catastrophe engulfs you. >> reporter: the glaring absence at the fourth and final nuclear summit was russia's putin. despite the fact that has the largest stock pile of nuf clear materials. >> they're not working any more. years of cooperation have ended. we funded for years to secure their materials. president putin has ended that cooperation. he has actually closed down facilities to any kind of u.s. cooperation. >> reporter: in his closing news conference, president obama conceded much more needs to be
done. >> there is still a great deal of nuclear and radio active around the world that needs to be secured. global stocks of plutonium are growing. nuclear arsenals are expanding in some companies with more small tactical nuclear weapons which could be at greater risk of theft. >> reporter: the president said while this is the last of the summits planned at the leader level, the framework for continued progress has been laid, including a working group of experts from 30 countries who will carry on the unfinished business of trying to rid the world of loose nuclear material. jamie macintyre joining me from washington dc is kelsie davenport, and jim walsh and our security
contributor. it was to set in place methods to guard against nuclear terrorism, so was that goal accomplished here? >> i think the results from the summit certainly are a mixed bag. since the obama administration began the process six years ago, we've seen a number of countries take step to eliminate materials or secure them more properly. i think we all feel better knowing that there's not loose nuclear material in ukraine now given the fighting out there, but there is more to be done. the nuclear summit has only covered about 15% of the world stock pile of nuclear materials leaving huge stocks of highly tree materials outside of this process and outside of the norm building for strengthening their physical protection. a lot more could have been done in that area as part of the summit process mr walsh, talk to us about what you see as the biggest proliferation concerns right
now. is it materials, is it weapons. what exactly is it in your opinion? >> well, whenever a nuclear weapon goes off, whether because of a terrorist or the country uses one accidentally or on purpose, the result is the same. you lose a city, hundreds of thousands if not millions of people die, humanitarian and ecological disaster. we made a lot of the progress in both areas. between the two there's more work to be done on the nuclear terrorism side. for proliferation, yes, north korea, i work on it every day. it's a tough nut, but it's really the exception to the rule. as north korea is always the exception to the rule. we've had tremendous success in slowing and reversing the spread of nuclear weapons. you can't stand on your laurels, but i think we can continue, if we work at it, enjoy that success. on nuclear terrorism, kelsie is right, there is more material, metric tons of material out there, and while i think the
president's initiative has made it safer, there is still a long way go. as long as there's a softball sized amount out there, then it's vulnerable and could be used in a city anywhere in the u.s. or the world not necessarily for a bomb, but for a dirty bomb because you don't have to have sophisticated weapon for it to be dangerous >> you're absolutely right. i want to draw a strong distinction between the dirty bomb, a radiological device and a nuclear weapon. the effects of a dirty bomb would be far less than of an actual nuclear weapon. more people would die with explosive than expo sieve to radiation. it is about-- explosive to raid-- expo exposuring to radiation let agency talk about russia. the second largest nuclear power
in the world, not present, putin no longer cooperating with the u.s. how significant is that in the president's efforts to do something about nuclear proliferation and control? >> there have been leaders and there have been followers in the summit process. i think russia certainly is a follower. russia has larger stockpiles of material than any other material in the world and it is spread over the most sites. russia's decision not to participate in the summit process certainly is a missed opportunity. the summit process mass also encouraged states in international peer review to their sites. russia has been slow for that why is russia reversing course, as it were, with respect to its previous progressive perspective about dealing with nuclear materials and weapons?
>> i'm not sure i would necessarily call russia's course on nuclear weapons and nuclear security progressive, but they have been cooperating as part of the summit process through 2014. at that point, moscow felt that the summit process needed to end and that nuclear material security needed to be handed over to the international organization for a broader perspective and not just limited to a small group of states. nuclear material security does need to be universal and russia has more than that they could be doing both domesticically and assisting other countries as part of this process they're not part of the talks and yet they are very much part of the discussion. what to do about north korea? >> yes. absolutely. it should be no surprise that they have continued to launch
missiles and would launch missiles as they were being discussed out loud in washington. i think it's a problem, but it points to a larger problem. all the nuclear weapon states, as kelsie noted, that u.s., russia, israel, france, great britain an, india, pakistan and others, they're producing more and more material for nuclear weapons. on the one hand, we're trying to lock this down and clean it up and keep terrorists from getting it but at the same time the nuclear weapon states are producing more of it making the problem more challenging. i think north korea a challenge and i expect more from them, more problems as we approach their may party congress date. all the nuclear weapon states they failed to step up. one thing we have to do to get a handle on this is stop the production of new weapons material. that would make controlling what we have a little easier. north korea needs to do it and they need too down.
the other states have responsibilities that they have not lived up to i think you mentioned earlier, or someone did, that there is this distinction between nuclear weapons and nuclear materials. we have no-one nuclear nations, but we have many more nations than that, that have nuclear reactors, for research purposes and power generation. what about those materials and their potential threat? >> there are 24 countries that have material that could be used in a nuclear weapon. some of these quantities are very small. others are quite large. the stockpiles in countries like south africa and belareuse could be used for nuclear weapons. we know from the recent terrorist attacks in belgium that the islamic state had a nuclear power plant person emunder surveillance indicating that they may have had some interest in trying to stab at that stage a facility-- sabotage
a facility. a joint statement led by the united kingdom that is going to crackdown on trying to secure nuclear plants, particularly from cyber attacks where they might be vulnerable. i think that is steps in the right direction. when we think about nuclear terrorism action you mentioned earlier, there is a concern about dirty bottom. radio active sources are found all over the world because they have a wide application for medicine and industry. it is astonishing that there has not yet been a dirty bomb attack. securing these sources need to be a priority going forward there have been some critics of the obama administration who say that his effort to control nuclear proliferation is naive since in the 50s and 60s the world was made safe by the mad
doctoring, the mutual assured destruction where the u.s. and the former soviet union saying no-one they were going to use them. how does this effort by the obama administration keep going after he leaves office because this is the final summit. >> yes. both good questions. on the first, i think if you ask most experts and most people on the globe, are you safer when there's a world with lots of nuclear weapons and lots of nuclear weapon states or you're safer without those, most people agree that you're safering without them. during the cold war the standoff between the soviet union and u.s. did probably dampen the risk of a war, but at the cost of taking a chance that you would destroy an entire kril aceation. but it's not the cold war any more. think about pakistan as a nuclear weapon state sitting on a border with india, a nuclear
weapon state and having terrorists run all over its territory. yotd the comparisons to the cold war work very well and add north korea, that's a completely different think-- i don't think the comparisons. i think president obama made this a personal legacy, ought a lot of effort into it. other presidents coming in will want to choice their own policy issues to be identified. i think it is going to be up to the public and to the rest of us, the media and others, to stay focused on this issue because nuclear terrorism is a classic low probability, but high consequence thing. it's like a heart attack. it doesn't happen every day, but when it does happen, it's a killer. we're going to have to marshall the political will to stay focused and continue progress and not let that slide just because president obama is no longer in office thank you, my guests.
study by the job website glass door. it surveyed more than half a million workers and found on average women make 76 cents for every dollar that a man makes. that's a 24% different. the government figures say 78 cents for every dollar. when glass door compared workers with the same titles and the same jobs, there is a 5% reduction than the counterparts more than 50 years since the fight for equal pay began. >> reporter: the equal pay act of 1963 mandated that women earn equal pay for equal work. but decades later the wage gap remains. >> in a perfect world i wish i could say it is a lie but it is something that is affecting
women >> reporter: months earlier president obama signed two executive orders, one banning federal contractors from retaliating against employees who openly discussed their pay, the other requiring them to provide pay rate data broken down by race and gender >> they're saying that the pay gap doesn't exist. they say it's a myth. it's not a myth. it's math >> reporter: this january the president took it a step further announcing new rules that would require all employers with more than 100 workers to provide the same gender and race payroll information. the glass door study found that employer transparency can help eliminate the gender pay gap >> when people know more about pay and salaries, it's good for business, productivity and employees. >> reporter: while that gap narrows when factoring in things like location, college education and life choices, critics have
long said those factors do not eliminate the gap completely. >> we still find that 95 cents is what women earn on average for every $1 men earn and, again, even controlling for these factors, trying to limit the data set and look at apples to apples, we still find there is a gender pay gap >> reporter: louisiana is one state where the pay gap is severe. women there make 65 cents for every one dollar a man makes. and voluntary indicates in loouz are pushing to for change. it has been sitting on the governor's desk without signature. the federal pay check act, to close loopholes in the 53 year
old equal pay act has repeatedly stalled in congress. >> we've conducted a survey this year asking thousands of employees how do you believe the gender wage gap can be fixed. it is public policy is number one. decision makers enaccount ago legislation to help improve salary sharing, transparency around salaries and even companies - ask them to reveal pay data earlier we spoke with an economist who talked about gender pay gaps that still exist in the u.s. >> it's a little bit of a complicated issue when you look at everything that goes into this 20 something per cent difference between men and women. one of the big things is that they're going into different occupations and industries. the occupations and industries that women go into tend to be associated with lower pay. we're trying to do an apples to
apples comparison. we see less of a pay gap. the total picture women are paid lower because they're in lower-paying jobs. we need to have lapgs for women to go into easier jobs. what this legislation is also going to do is change the culture. maybe there's going to be less strong effectively gender socialisation that affects women going into certain jobs associated with women encouraging men to pursue careers that are typically associated with women could help even the playing field. a federal court will soon rule on west virginia against the e.p.a. the case seeks to limit the power of the government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: scientists and politicians have been sounding the alarm on climate change for decades, insisting it's one of the biggest threats mankind has
faced in generations >> no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change. >> reporter: even with science backing up the claims, 1770 elected representatives in the current congress deny that humans are responsible for rising global temperatures and consequences like the rapid ice melt in an tashgic a. -- antarctica. some are thinking their approach to fighting climate change. to try to build public support and put pressure on the court, activists are taking their organizational cues from a different political movement. last year marriage equality advocates mobilized in an effort to gather support ahead of the supreme court ruling in an effort to sway the court it is one that could affect any american. that's an approach activists say
can also resonate with climate change >> it is the most significant global problem that we face. it affects everyone, not just in the u.s., everyone around the world, and i think there's a window of opportunities for something significant >> we're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change. >> reporter: president obama announced the initiative last summer, the hottest ever reareded on the planet. it aims to cult power plant carbon emissions. >> the public reaction to the plan is because they could mobilize actions in congress, they could play role in the way voters evaluate different presidential candidates. >> reporter: staff members here have written legal previous in support of the green power plan. they have made a point of engaging with the public, publishing opinion pieces on the regulation and tweeting
information about the impact of climate change. they've broken down how much it costs taxpayerss every year >> we put it out there. we try to digest it in bite-sized pieces, we try to have versions that are of interest to the experts, but also versions that of interest to the public. a lot of the effort that's going on now is not really directed at this court proceeding that is happening. it is really an effort to make the american people understand what's at stake. >> reporter: it's impossible to say whether activism like this has any real affect, but last year's effort to start a conversation among americans about same-sex marriage helped to turn the tide of public opinion. he argues that if the e.p.a. wins its case, the tractors will
soon catch up for americans who are in agreement with climate change a coastal community in south africa is mourning the death of an anti mining activist who was murdered last week. he had been battling to stop an australian company from mining titanium in the coastal dunes. >> reporter: hundreds turn out to mourn a community leader in the tribal area on the coast. anti mining activist was killed ten days ago. he was shot multiple times but unknown gunmen. he led the crisis committee. it has been fighting against plans to mine titanium in the community >> the mining is not good for our area because our area we do live, and if the mining takes place shall-- we do agriculture
and with the mining we cannot do that. >> reporter: activists have been in hiding but they came out for the funeral >> now he is dead whoshgs is coming next. that is-- who is coming next? that is my question. let me not be stupid and think who is coming next. no matter who, but they will not look back. let me go forward >> reporter: people here consider this to than an says toral land-- an says toral land. it lies -- the company wants to mine this area and create jobs. the crisis group alleges that there has been local corruption. this lady says the government removed her father from position of king because he was opposed to the mining
>> when the australian mining company came to us finally, they came to beg us to sign for the community and we said we do not sign for the community. we do not own the land. we hold the land in custody for the community. so what the community says goes. >> reporter: the government department of mineral resources says it is consulting with the public hand has not been granted a mine willing licence. there-- mining licence. many here identified as pro-mining have rufd to talk to us. with the entire community watching, this man is being laid to rest. people are worried that his death is only the beginning of escalating tensions which they fear could tear the community apart at least two people died and 29 more were injured in a huge pile-up in eastern china.
two trucks, three buses, 20 cars crashed into each other on a highway saturday afternoon. police are trying to determine how it started, but rains made roads slippery and there was also fog. for the second time, the same small plane has crash landed on the same state of interstate 15 in southern california, but this time a person died. the plane and to have problems before it banked down, skidded on the highway for 250 feet before slamming into a car killing a woman in the car's back seat. three more people were injured in the car and the pilot and his passenger. 16 years ago, a plane was safely landed on the same highway. one of nature's colorful event has been at risk for two decades. mankind stepping in to save the
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today activists gathered outside parliament house in relation to marijuana. they lit up and smoked marijuana and touting a blow-up joint. obama has resisted calls on taking executive actions to legalize marijuana. >> the policies that have been in place for the past 48 years have been targeted and they have been destructive. like the gentleman who spoke up here a moment ago, he spoke about nixon's top aids, he came out and admitted that the war on drugs was targeted towards the anti left or anti war leftist
hipies and african americans it takes place on april 20 each year but rescheduled this year. in germany hundreds of people armed with pillow participated in the 7th annual international pillow fight day. it is the day where adults get to relive their childhood beating others down with pillows. the event attracts tens of thousands of people in more than 100 cities worldwide and for some it is a great way to blow off steam. >> i need to hit someone in the face to feel better. that's i can't i'm doing it. it feels good. i do feel better now after one full hour of pillow thrills, the participants packed up the remains of their pill lows and left the square in a fethery mess we've done that at home-- if i had done at that home, i would
have been hit with the pillow. >> reporter: probably me too, yeah. they have it here in new york. i didn't go to it though. i want to take you down towards the south-east because the last few days have been active in terms of severe weather. these are the thunder storms that have moved across the region. we've seen over two dozen tornadoes here and i want to show you here the video that came out of the alabama abecause of the damage of the storms that pushed through the region. we're talking about not only tornadoes but also some damaging winds. widespread power outages with these. the trees are down across the region. we also saw quite a bit of rain across the region. this area was very susceptible because we saw flooding a few weeks ago. it didn't take much rain to make the same areas flood again and those flood warnings are still in effect across the region. we're talking about seven states now looking at flood warnings in this area all the way from
georgia back here to texas. mostly around the river and creek areas. they're going to stay in effect for the next several days. up here towards the north, we have this next weather system. you can see the rain, you can see the snow coming across the area with quite a bit of lake effect snow. one of the problems is the winds. we have win warnings and watchers in effect from maine down too here, through virginia back to kentucky. washington had gusts of 59 miles an hour, cleveland at 38. you will see how the winds really begin to get gusty across fill delicatessen fee a, and then up here here towards boston. people are going to be losing power across the region because of these winds yes.
serious weather. thank you. mond monarch butterflied on the rise >> reporter: every every year many travel from canada to the forest of central mexico. it is one of the longest mass migrations and one of the most precarious. after years of serious decline this season numbers have more than tripled. biologist says both nature and man have helped the insects out. >> translation: the climate has been very benevolent this winter. the milk week has been planted as well. >> reporter: it is the key. they lay eggs along the route
and it serves as nursery and food for their young before they continue their parents' journey safe. that's why canada, u.s. and mexico have mound a campaign to get the plant back into gardens, farm land and schools along the route. this class are doing their bit in northern mexico. >> translation: the basic idea which the children are very enthusiastic about is the foot highway for the butterflies from canada to mexico. >> reporter: they go on an incredible journey. two and a half thousand miles to get here and they do it using an internal compass that guides them to a relatively small area of forest that they have never even seen before >> reporter: the u.s. government in particular has put more than $3 million dollars into the conservation, but with numbers way down from their peek 20 years ago, no-one is getting carried away >> i think it is too early to declare a success. we have to keep watching to see
what is going to happen to the long-term population >> reporter: obstacles still lie ahead. herbicides are the biggest danger >> translation: the problem is that farmers are using the herbicide roundup which wipes out milk weed. scientific data ashows that from 1999 to 2010 the increase in the use of herbicides eliminated 58% of the milk weed in these places and with it 71% of the reproductive capacititive of the butter apply. >> reporter: that, among other factors, says it's too early to tell if we're seeing a come back or a short respite for the butterfly thank you for joining upgs. i'm randall pinkston in new york. stay tuned for more news from doha next. thanks. goodnight. goodnight.
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