"Bee-friendly" plants sold in the UK are coated in harmful pesticides

May 16, 2017 by  
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Conscientious buyers know to look for plants that aren’t covered in bee-killing pesticides , but as it turns out, those plants may be doing more harm than good. That’s because, according to a recent study, most of the plants sold in UK garden centers are coated with deadly neonicotinoid chemicals. Researchers bought plants from four major garden centers and a local nursery in the UK and found that 70 percent had neonicotinoid chemicals on them in quantities high enough to harm bees. Two plants were free of chemicals, while 23 had one or more (and up to 10) chemicals. Neonicotinoids have been shown to kill bees and contribute to colony collapse . Related: EPA finally admits popular insecticide threatens honeybees So how does one be sure that they aren’t harming bees? “Gardeners who wish to gain the benefits without the risks should seek uncontaminated plants by growing their own from seed, plant-swapping or by buying plants from an organic nursery,” said the researchers. Researchers published their findings in the journal Environmental Pollution . Two of the garden centers responded to the report, stating that they do not knowingly sell plants containing neonicotinoids. Via The Independent Images via Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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A deadly virus is wiping out bee populations and it’s all our fault

February 8, 2016 by  
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Even though we rely extensively on bees for agriculture and other environmental services, we have helped to spread a deadly virus that kills them in droves. A recent study exposed how transporting bees has allowed Deformed Wing Virus to proliferate. Read the rest of A deadly virus is wiping out bee populations and it’s all our fault

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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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Which countries are doing their part to stop Colony Collapse Disorder

August 21, 2015 by  
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Pollinators are the lifeblood of ecosystems everywhere. They help plants reproduce, increase biodiversity, facilitate the dispersal of species into new regions, maintain genetic diversity within plant populations, increase fruit yields, and support flora and fauna at every level of the food chain. But for the past 10 years, bee  keepers have been finding their hives suddenly and inexplicably abandoned. In the years since, the phenomenon often called Colony Collapse Disorder has been reported in Egypt, China, Europe, USA, Japan and the Middle East. This handy map reveals which countries are doing their part to stop the collapse and which have a long way to go. Read the rest of Which countries are doing their part to stop Colony Collapse Disorder

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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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Millennials choose gas station nachos and Slurpees over healthy eats

February 11, 2015 by  
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A new study by researchers from the NPD Group shows that young adults are chowing down on more convenience store junk food than ever. In their 2014 Eating Patterns in America report, researchers revealed that despite the jump in healthy eating around the country, millennials are turning their taste buds toward places like 7Eleven . Last year, young people selected calorie-packed convenience store food for a whopping 11.1 percent of their food stops, choosing pump-cheese nachos and greasy hot dogs on rollers over healthier, “real food” options. Read the rest of Millennials choose gas station nachos and Slurpees over healthy eats Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 7eleven food , convenience store food , eco design , green design , millennials food patterns , NYD Group , sustainable design , unhealthy eating , young people junk food

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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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Mandala Homes bring traditional yurt living into the 21st century

December 12, 2014 by  
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  We’ve featured yurts from Mandala Homes here on Inhabitat before, and their latest creation has raised the bar to new heights. Prefabricated in B.C., Canada, Mandala Homes ‘ “ fancy yurts ” are shipped worldwide, and this new piece in Alaska received 97.5 points on the BEES rating system , qualifying it as a 6-star home. The 2,300-square-foot yurt uses blown-in cellulose insulation in the ceiling and walls, and with triple-pane skylights, panoramic windows, non-toxic finishes and cedar siding, this building will be a diamond in the wild for generations to come. This company is dedicated to creating stunning, energy-efficient homes that are healthy for both the homeowner and the planet. + Mandala Homes + EcoSmart Homes Alaska Images via EcoSmart Homes Facebook page The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alaska , Alaskan yurt , bc , BC yurts , mandala , mandala homes , modern yurt , modern yurts , non-toxic , Roundhouse , roundhouse living , roundhouses , Sustainable Building , TENT , Yurt , yurt living

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Don’t Forget to Thank the Pollinators That Made Your Thanksgiving Feast Possible

November 27, 2014 by  
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While you are sitting around the Thanksgiving table surrounded by pumpkin pie , cranberry sauce and heaps of vegetables, sharing the things that you are thankful for, don’t forget to thank the insects and animals that made it all possible. We tend to forget how vital bees and other pollinators are to our food system, but without them, there would be no pie, no vegetables, no fruit and no stuffing. This year, the US Fish and Wildlife (FSW) Service is reminding us all to protect the birds, bees, bats and butterflies that make our meals possible with a animation that reveals how empty Thanksgiving dining would be without pollinators. About 75 percent of the food the world eats relies on pollinators, but these hard working bugs and animals are dying because of habitat loss, pesticide use and disease. To help combat this , FWS is collaborating with S.H.A.R.E. (Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment), a program that protects dedicated areas for pollinators to thrive in – so that we can all enjoy many feasts to come. + US Fish and Wildlife Service + S.H.A.R.E. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bat preservation , bee loss , bee populations , bee preservation , bird preservation , butterfly preservation , colony collapse , environment preservation , food cycle , food supply , open spaces , pollinator preservation , S.H.A.R.E. , SHARE , simply have areas reserved for the environment , Thanksgiving dinner , Thanksgiving meal , United States Fish and Wildlife Service , usfws

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