EU approves complete ban on bee-killing insecticides

April 27, 2018 by  
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In a monumental decision that has been years in the making , all member nations of the European Union have approved a total ban of neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticide in the world and a well-documented danger to bees and other pollinators. The ban is expected to go into effect by the end of this year, though use of the insecticide will still be allowed in greenhouses . The rapidly declining population of pollinator species in recent years is in part due to the widespread use of harmful pesticides. The ban should result in a healthier pollinator population, which is essential for global food production. The vote follows recent studies that have confirmed the danger that neonicotinoids pose to pollinators, directly and through water and soil contamination. “The commission had proposed these measures months ago, on the basis of the scientific advice from [the EU ‘s scientific risk assessors],” Vytenis Andriukaitis, European commissioner for Health and Food Safety, told the Guardian . “Bee health remains of paramount importance for me since it concerns biodiversity, food production and the environment.” Related: NASA has a plan to put robot bees on Mars This policy change pleased activists. “Finally, our governments are listening to their citizens, the scientific evidence and farmers who know that bees can’t live with these chemicals, and we can’t live without bees,” Antonia Staats at Avaaz said. Meanwhile, industry representatives disapproved. “European agriculture will suffer as a result of this decision,” Graeme Taylor, of the European Crop Protection Association , said. “Perhaps not today, perhaps not tomorrow, but in time decision makers will see the clear impact of removing a vital tool for farmers.” Research suggests that Taylor’s concerns are unfounded, while the dramatic decline in pollinator populations — which will continue to occur without action — proves disastrous for food production. Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos (1)

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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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Hundreds of beehives hang off a steep cliff in China to save wild honeybees

September 8, 2015 by  
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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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Bees are addicted to the nicotine in neonicotinoid pesticides, and it’s killing them

April 28, 2015 by  
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Think an addiction of nicotine is bad for you? Well, it’s nothing compared to the bees who are getting addicted to it from neonicotinoid pesticides. Made by companies like Bayer and Syngenta, proponents of the pesticides say they benefit crops by boosting yields and destroying pests, but they also affect the reproduction rates and colony growth of several bee species . Read the rest of Bees are addicted to the nicotine in neonicotinoid pesticides, and it’s killing them Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: #savethebees , A World Without Bees , bees , bees addicted to nicotine , bees affected by pesticides , bumblebees , honey bees , neonicotinoid pesticides , pesticides and bees

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The Black Market Demand for Endangered Bees Leads to Increased Hive Thefts

October 27, 2014 by  
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There have been many reports about how the world’s bee population is shrinking , that there has now been a reported increase in the number of beehive thefts of the past decade, especially around the rich agricultural fields of California’s central valley. However, despite the problems to beekeepers, as well as the environment, these bee rustlers are proving difficult to catch. Read the rest of The Black Market Demand for Endangered Bees Leads to Increased Hive Thefts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee hive theft , bee theft , bees , black market , california central valley , hive theft , honey bees , yolo valley

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Artists’ Wooden Cabin Climbs Up a Hillside in Nova Scotia

October 27, 2014 by  
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Re-vive: rENs Uses Bright Colors to Give Ugly Old Rugs a Second Life

October 27, 2014 by  
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Many things are often thrown away just because they aren’t “cool” anymore, but Dutch design duo rENs teamed up with global carpet company  Desso  to prove you can make outdated rugs stylish again with a generous helping of red dye. Thanks to they way different yarns and patterns react with the dye, each of the rugs in the Re-vive collection has its own unique identity. Keep reading to see how “the power of creativity” can be used to give forgotten items a new life. Read the rest of Re-vive: rENs Uses Bright Colors to Give Ugly Old Rugs a Second Life Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: circular economy , hand-dyed recycled carpets , Re-vive Rugs by rENs and Desso , Recycled Materials , recycled rugs , remanufactured materials , reused materials

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President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

June 23, 2014 by  
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Adding to a string of great green initiatives coming out of the White House recently , President Obama recently announced the creation of a new Pollinator Health Task Force . The Task Force will address declining populations of honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies. As a sign of how seriously the White House is taking the problem, the task force has just 180 days to come up with a national pollinator health strategy, “which shall include explicit goals, milestones, and metrics to measure progress.” Read the rest of President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bats , bees , birds , Butterflies , environmental protection agency , epa , Executive orders , Federal initiatives , food security , honey bee die-off , honey bees , native bees , neonicotinoids , pesticides , Policy , pollinator decline , Pollinator Health Task Force , pollinators , president obama , The White House

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Susana Soares’ Glass Device Uses Honey Bees to Detect Cancer

April 23, 2014 by  
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At last year’s Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Portuguese designer Susana Soares presented a device that can detect cancer and other diseases using honey bees . Known for their extraordinary sense of smell, bees can detect airborne molecules in the parts per trillion range and can be trained to recognize certain smells associated with diseases such as lung, skin and pancreatic cancer, as well as tuberculosis. Read the rest of Susana Soares’ Glass Device Uses Honey Bees to Detect Cancer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bees cancer , bees diagnostics , bees diseases , bees medicine , Dutch Design Week , green design , honey bees training , pavlov’s reflex bees , portugese designers , Susana Soares bee’s , trained bees

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