Californias Monarch butterfly population hits ‘potentially catastrophic’ low in 2018

January 11, 2019 by  
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California’s Monarch butterfly population hit a record low in 2018 after dropping a whopping 86 percent from the previous year. According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the total population has declined 97 percent since the 1980s, but this latest one year drop is “potentially catastrophic.” In the western part of the United States, monarchs migrate to California for the winter, traveling from Idaho and Utah. In 2017, the traditional California coastal sites like Pismo Beach, Big Sur and Pacific Grove hosted about 148,000 monarchs, but in 2018, volunteers counted approximately 20,500. Compare that population to the 1980s, says one of the study’s researchers Cheryl Schultz, an associate professor at Washington State University Vancouver. At that time, an estimated 10 million monarchs spent their winter in California. According to experts, butterflies are incredibly significant to the state because they quickly respond to ecological changes and warn us about the health of an ecosystem . Plus, they pollinate flowers. According to biologist Emma Pelton, if nothing is done to preserve the western monarchs and their habitat, monarch butterflies could be facing extinction. They require milkweed for breeding and migration, but in recent years pesticide use and urban development have caused the acreage of milkweed to decline. Unusually harsh weather has also threatened the monarch’s existence. Between 2011 and 2017, California has experienced one of the worst droughts on record, and this has caused ecological devastation among forested towns and fishing communities because hundreds of millions of trees have died. Not to mention, the recent deadly wildfires  that have devastated the golden state. However, the declining monarch population can be reversed if citizens and governments act now. Pelton says that gardeners can plant milkweed and towns can help by planting new trees to help monarch butterfiles 20 years from now have a new place to winter. “We don’t think it is too late to act,” Pelton said. “But everyone needs to step up their effort.” Via New York Times Image via OLID56

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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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Almond farmers are experimenting with trees that don’t need bees

March 24, 2016 by  
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As bees and their pollination services become increasingly endangered, California farmers are experimenting with a self-fertilizing almond tree that requires few or no bees at all. The tree may lessen the burden on bees carted around to pollinate our crops, yet may create new burdens for beekeepers. Read the rest of Almond farmers are experimenting with trees that don’t need bees

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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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How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees

June 27, 2014 by  
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Recent years have seen bees dying off en masse , but our flying friends may have found their salvation in an unlikely insect ally – a dangerously poisonous spider . A bite from a funnel web spider could kill a human quickly, but new research by scientists at the University of Newcastle shows a mixture of venom from Australian funnel web spiders combined with snowdrop lectin creates a powerful “biopesticide” that could be used in place of pesticides believed to be killing off bees. Read the rest of How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , bees , deadly spider could save the bees , farming , food , funnel , lectin , neonicotinoids , pesticides , pollination , security , snowdrop , spider , web

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Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

June 27, 2014 by  
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JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park ‘n’ Play

June 27, 2014 by  
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Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten Casts a Tiny Concrete House from an Old Log Cabin

June 27, 2014 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Retail in Real Time Highlights Trends in Our Consumption-Driven Society

June 27, 2014 by  
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Did you know that $11 million is spent on US-made apparel every day? To help visualize that staggering number, Retale developed a real-time visualization of how and where Americans are spending their money. This ‘Retail in Real Time’ infographic breaks down spending into popular products such as coffee and e-books. The graphic starts counting after it’s opened on a web browser and offers interesting insights into our consumption-driven society. + Retail in Real Time 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: american consumer spending , american consumers , consumer spending , consumption driven society , infographic , reader submitted content , retail in real time , retale

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