Record-breaking honeybee deaths recorded for last winter

June 21, 2019 by  
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Depending on who you ask, either the mites or the pesticides are to blame for the record-breaking bee decline among honeybees last winter. The truth is likely a combination of both, and the deadly synergy between the two causes has grave impacts on the entire agriculture industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat, and the majority of pollinators in the U.S. are domesticated honeybees. Because industrial agriculture is largely made up of expansive plots of monoculture crops, farmers have to call in commercial beekeepers, who travel the country with hundreds of hives to place on farms. This little-known agricultural niche is absolutely essential to the food system, but with the “product” rapidly dying, many commercial beekeepers fear their profession will no longer be possible nor economically viable. Related: California bans pesticide linked to brain damage in children According to a survey of 4,700 beekeepers, respondents lost nearly 40 percent of their colonies this past winter. That survey represents 320,000 hives, which is thought to be about 12 percent of all commercial hives in the country. This rate of bee decline is the highest ever recorded since the annual survey started 13 years ago. The causes of death are varied but mainly include loss of habitat , improper beekeeper techniques, pesticide use and the bee’s arch-nemesis: the Varroa mite. Scientists at the University of Maryland counted three mites per hundred bees in the colonies they tested, enough to all but ensure death for the colony. “Beekeepers are trying their best to keep [mites] in check, but it’s really an arms race,” said Nathalie Steinhauer from the University of Maryland. “That’s concerning, because we know arms races don’t usually end well.” Unfortunately, there isn’t much beekeepers can do to prevent the mites; however, it is clear that pesticide application weakens honeybees ’ immune systems and makes them susceptible to parasites, like the mites. Although the pesticide companies are quick to point a finger at the mites as the culprit for widespread colony deaths, their hands are far from clean. “There’s a huge amount of data [and] research showing pesticides are a significant player in the decline of honeybees and other insect species,” said Steinhauer. “And yet there’s been so little done to make a change on that front. The EPA has been incredibly ineffective.” Via NPR Image via Pexels

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Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from further population decline

May 21, 2015 by  
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The federal government has unleashed its new action plan to save honeybees , butterflies, and other pollinators currently at risk. While the plan, created by the U.S. Pollinator Task Force, makes some positive strides towards renewing pollinator habitats, it falls short of banning the pesticides which have been linked to bee decline . Read the rest of Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from further population decline Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee colony collapse disorder , bee decline , bees dying , epa , neonicotinoids , pesticides , pollinator habitat , pollinators , US Federal Government , US Pollinator Task Force

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This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home

May 21, 2015 by  
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If you thought water and lighting are two things that should never meet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this mesmerizing new “Rain Lamp” by designer Richard Clarkson . The nature-inspired Rain Lamp uses a pump system to circulate water through a glass globe, allowing for a slow, steady drip of droplets that are projected by light onto surrounding surfaces. The steady drip of the lamp results in a mesmerizing ripple effect on your floor. Read on to see a short video of this unique light in action. Rain Lamp from Richard Clarkson on Vimeo . Read the rest of This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Drip Lamp , nyc design week , projection lamp , Rain Lamp , Rain Lamp by Richard Clarkson Studio , richard clarkson , Richard Clarkson Studio , ripple lamp , wanted , wanted design , wanteddesign , wanteddesign 2015 , water balloon lamp , water droplet lamp , water lamp

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Controversial Texas hunter bags his $350,000 endangered black rhino

May 21, 2015 by  
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We’ve been following closely the story of  the Texas man who paid $350,000  for the chance to kill an endangered  black rhinoceros , and we’re sad to report today that the hunter has succeeded. Corey Knowlton purchased the permit to kill the endangered animal in an auction in January 2014, igniting a firestorm of controversy . Less than two months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sanctioned the hunt , Knowlton traveled to Namibia and killed a bull rhino with three shots. Read the rest of Controversial Texas hunter bags his $350,000 endangered black rhino Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: african black rhino , auctioned black rhino hunt , black rhino hunt , black rhinos , black rhinos in africa , corey knowlton , dallas safari club , endangered animals , endangered species , rhino killed , rhinos

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23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years

December 12, 2014 by  
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It would appear that pollinators in Britain have been declining for a lot longer than researchers realized. Contrary to the belief that local bees and wasps only began to go extinct after World War II, new evidence is showing that the large-scale changes in agricultural practices  that began shortly after the First  World War were the catalyst for these insects’ demise. Since 1850, 23 pollinator species have gone extinct, with the first massive disappearance occurring in the early 1920s. This rapid decline could have severe consequences for the future of food security across the U.K. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of 23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , bee , bee decline , bee extinct , bee extinction , bee habitat , bee protection , bees , Biodiversity , colony collapse , colony collapse disorder , extinct bees , food future , food security , monoculture , neoniconitoids , obama , pesticide , pesticide ban , pesticide use , pesticides , pollen , pollinator , pollinator extinction , pollinator protection , pollinators , president obama , UK bees

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Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

March 11, 2014 by  
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A new crowdfunding project aims to put the power to fight colony collapse disorder in the hands of everyday people. Now, anyone can log on and download a simple design for their own internet-connected beehive . These hives do more than provide a home for local bee populations — they also give scientists new tools to monitor global bee health using specialized sensors which track geolocation, humidity, temperature, bee numbers, and even the mood of the colony. The hope is that being able to crowdsource this data will help scientists better understand why bees are declining and how to protect them. Read the rest of Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee colonies , bee decline , beehives , beekeeping , colony collapse disorder , Crowdfunding , crowdsourcing , honey bees , open source , urban beekeeping        

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Scientists Launch ‘ZomBee Watch’ Website to Track Parasite-Infected Zombie Bee Sightings

November 1, 2013 by  
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Bee photo from Shutterstock Last year a team of scientists at San Francisco State University discovered that parasitic flies are attacking bees and turning them into zombies that walk around in circles until dying and hatching larvae from their abdomens. Professor John Hafernik believes that tracking and studying these parasite-infected “ZomBees” will provide insight into colony collapse disorder , and he’s turning to the public for help. Hafernik just launched a ZomBee Watch website where citizens can upload information on ZomBee sightings around the city. Read the rest of Scientists Launch ‘ZomBee Watch’ Website to Track Parasite-Infected Zombie Bee Sightings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee decline , colony collapse disorder , eco design , green design , John Hafernik , Parasite-Infected Bees , sustainable design , ZomBee Watch        

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Study Shows Car Exhaust Destroys Honeybees’ Sense of Smell

October 3, 2013 by  
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A new UK study shows that the fumes emitted by cars may have a devastating impact on honeybees’ ability to find and recognize flowers to use as food. The scientists found that pollutants in diesel destroyed the natural aroma of rapeseed flowers, making their smell so different that bees didn’t even recognize the plants as food. While many are pointing to harsh new pesticides as the cause of honeybee decline around the world, traffic fumes may be one more stressor that is helping to push global bee populations to the brink. Read the rest of Study Shows Car Exhaust Destroys Honeybees’ Sense of Smell Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , bee deaths , bee decline , car exhaust , colony collapse disorder , diesel fumes , gasoline fumes , honeybees , traffic fumes        

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Isabella Rossellini Plays Burt of Burt’s Bees in Bizarre Pollinator Week PSAs

June 22, 2012 by  
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Italian actress, filmmaker and veteran insect reenactor Isabella Rossellini has teamed up with Burt’s Bees to create a thoroughly bizarre set of PSAs titled “ Burt Talks to the Bees ,” which look at the troubling decline in bee populations due to colony collapse disorder . Donning a paper beard, Rossellini takes the role of “Burt” himself, a real-life beekeeper who founded the company some 25 years ago, and imagines the conversations he might have with his own bee population about their plight (the bees too, played by Rossellini). The videos come just in time for National Pollinator Week, which was established by the US Senate five years ago to raise awareness of declining pollinator populations. Find out more and watch the PSAs over on Ecouterre! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee decline , bee population , bee threat , burt shavitz , burts bees , colony collapse disorder , green porno , isabella rossellini , pollinator decline , pollinators week

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June 22, 2012 by  
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Italian actress, filmmaker and veteran insect reenactor Isabella Rossellini has teamed up with Burt’s Bees to create a thoroughly bizarre set of PSAs titled “ Burt Talks to the Bees ,” which look at the troubling decline in bee populations due to colony collapse disorder . Donning a paper beard, Rossellini takes the role of “Burt” himself, a real-life beekeeper who founded the company some 25 years ago, and imagines the conversations he might have with his own bee population about their plight (the bees too, played by Rossellini). The videos come just in time for National Pollinator Week, which was established by the US Senate five years ago to raise awareness of declining pollinator populations. Find out more and watch the PSAs over on Ecouterre! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee decline , bee population , bee threat , burt shavitz , burts bees , colony collapse disorder , green porno , isabella rossellini , pollinator decline , pollinators week

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