EPA finally admits popular insecticide threatens honeybees

January 12, 2016 by  
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The Environmental Protection Agency has just released a report reaffirming what researchers have been saying for years: neonicotinoid pesticides are devastating America’s bee population. The report singles out one widely-used pesticide, imidacloprid, as posing a particular risk. The danger to bees is so high, the agency wrote in a recent statement, it may consider restricting or limiting the use of the chemical by the end of the year. Read the rest of EPA finally admits popular insecticide threatens honeybees

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DIY log beehives bring beekeeping closer to nature

December 21, 2015 by  
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An innovative beehive design by Gaia Bees helps fight colony collapse disorder while creating habitats that more closely resemble how bees live in nature. This DIY hive may not be designed for easy honey collection the way most modern hives are, but it does provide a safer, healthier environment for the insects to live in — and with bee die-offs at record levels in recent years, they need all the help they can get. Read the rest of DIY log beehives bring beekeeping closer to nature

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Darwin’s finches face potential extinction

December 21, 2015 by  
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The finches of the Galápagos Islands are probably best known for their role informing Darwin’s theory of evolution , but researchers say if drastic measures aren’t taken to protect these birds, they could go extinct within next 50 years. The culprit? A species of parasitic fly that first invaded the islands in the 1960s. Read the rest of Darwin’s finches face potential extinction

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Ron Shenkin’s cemetery meeting space is a forest-like concrete canopy in Israel

October 23, 2015 by  
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Special pro-bee-iotics could protect honey bees against neonicotinoids

September 22, 2015 by  
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The plight of bees worldwide is now front and center and policymakers, like President Obama , and scientists are taking action to protect this invaluable natural resource. But one need not be president to make a difference in the lives of bees. Students at the University of British Columbia spent their summer developing a probiotic specifically designed for the digestive system of honeybees. Fittingly named “pro-bee-otic,” the innovative microorganism cocktail could prove to be a powerful defense against the destructive power of pesticides. Read the rest of Special pro-bee-iotics could protect honey bees against neonicotinoids

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UK suspends ban on bee-killing pesticides

July 23, 2015 by  
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In a decision shrouded in secrecy and opposed in a petition signed by over 500,000 people, the UK government has moved to suspend an EU ban on pesticides that have been shown to cause serious harm to bees . The move came in response to an “emergency” application from the National Farmers Union (NFU), who claim the neonicotinoid pesticides are needed to protect crops from the flea beetle, but environmental and wildlife groups have deemed the decision “scandalous.” Read the rest of UK suspends ban on bee-killing pesticides

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Stressed-out young bees contribute to colony collapse disorder, research shows

February 11, 2015 by  
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Colony Collapse Disorder , a condition represented by the sudden disappearance of bee colonies, has long been a source of concern. The devastating epidemic is generally thought to be caused by pesticides and other environmental stressors, but new research shows there may be an additional cause: stressed-out young adult bees. Read the rest of Stressed-out young bees contribute to colony collapse disorder, research shows Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bees , colony collapse disorder , crops , Environment , farming , food sustainability , hives , honey bees , pollination , stress , stressors , young bees

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How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion wildflowers

February 5, 2015 by  
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Bee populations have been in decline for well over a decade now as the alarming phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) sees honey bees vanish from their hives. But Bay Area parents Chris Burley and Ei Ei Khin have come up with a simple, if ambitious solution to combat this problem: he hopes to plant one billion wildflowers. And their rainbow-colored Seedle seed-bombs make it easy for anyone to join in the effort. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion wildflowers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beehive , bees , chris burley , colony collapse disorder , Ei Ei Khin , food production , honey bee , pesticides , pollination , seedles , sustainable food , wildflowers

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Tiny one-room timber cabin boasts picturesque lakeside views in Norway

February 5, 2015 by  
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Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report

May 20, 2014 by  
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The preliminary results of the 2013–14 report on overwinter colony loss amongst U.S. honeybees have been announced by the United States Department of Agriculture ( USDA ). The report shows that while die-offs were not as bad as the previous winter, they are still at levels considered too high , confirmed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. To compound the issue, researchers aren’t sure why there was a slight improvement this year, making it impossible to predict or influence results for next winter. Read the rest of Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Animals , bee dieoff , bees , CCD , colony collapse disorder , dead insects , food crops , food production , honeybees , insects , pollination , pollinators , usda , USDA report

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