biodiversity

Groups Expose UK for Subsidizing Biomass and ‘Clean Coal’ as Renewable Energy

Groups Expose UK for Subsidizing Biomass and ‘Clean Coal’ as Renewable Energy

Campaigners representing groups working on issues of opencast coal and biomass have jointly called on Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) yesterday to end to subsidies and industry support for Drax Power Station. The statement follows an announcement by DECC and Drax claiming that “Britain’s largest coal-fired power station is set to become one of […]

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    Report Details Potential Hazards of Genetically Engineered Trees Currently Under USDA Review

    Report Details Potential Hazards of Genetically Engineered Trees Currently Under USDA Review

    As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers whether to approve the first genetically engineered (GE) forest tree for commercial use, Center for Food Safety released its new report, Genetically Engineered Trees: The New Frontier of Biotechnology. The report details the potential ecological and socioeconomic hazards of GE trees currently under commercial development. ‘Factory forests’ GE tree […]

    Groups Petition BLM to Protect Fragile Wyoming Habitat From Oil and Gas Drilling

    Groups Petition BLM to Protect Fragile Wyoming Habitat From Oil and Gas Drilling

    Drilling in the Douglas Core Area undermines the efforts of local residents and ranchers to protect sage grouse habitat. The male sage grouse shown in its mating display. Today, conservation groups formally petitioned the federal government to halt all new wellpad and road construction inside the Douglas sage grouse Core Area of eastern Wyoming. Core […]

    Scientists Discover Key Molecule Linking Neonicotinoids to Honey Bee Viruses

    Scientists Discover Key Molecule Linking Neonicotinoids to Honey Bee Viruses

    A team of scientists in Italy believe they have found the molecular mechanism through which neonicotinoid pesticides adversely impacts the immune system of honey bees. The team’s experiments suggest that exposure to neonicotinoids results in increased levels of a particular protein in bees that inhibits a key molecule involved in the immune response, making the […]

    Salmon Face Upstream Battle as Blueprints for Recovery Are Ignored

    Salmon Face Upstream Battle as Blueprints for Recovery Are Ignored

    As the days get cooler and shorter, millions of salmon are making the arduous journey up the rivers and streams of British Columbia (B.C.) to the spawning grounds where they were born. Waiting for this rich pulse of life from the Pacific Ocean are bears, gulls, wolves, eagles, ospreys, crows, pine martins and dozens of […]

    Buy Organic Bananas, Save Crocodiles

    Buy Organic Bananas, Save Crocodiles

    Chemicals sprayed on bananas to control pests and disease are making their way into the bodies of the emaciated crocodiles who live near banana plantations in Costa Rica, says a new study that illustrates the environmental impact of pesticide use—and gives another reason to buy organic foods, even those with inedible peels. Crocodiles who live […]

    Pesticides to Blame for Massive Bee Deaths in Minnesota

    Pesticides to Blame for Massive Bee Deaths in Minnesota

    A recent investigation into the death of thousands of bees last month in Minnesota revealed that fipronil, a widely used insecticide, was to blame. In mid-September, three colonies of bees in Minneapolis were found twitching and dying on the ground. Local apiarist Mark Lucas paints a grim picture of the poisoning event, which he witnessed, […]

    Widespread Use of Neonicotinoids Poses Risks to More Than Bees

    Widespread Use of Neonicotinoids Poses Risks to More Than Bees

    Xerces Society A report released this week by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation moves the spotlight from the risks neonicotinoids pose to bees to the impacts of neonicotinoids to invertebrates such as earthworms or lady beetles. Beyond the Birds and the Bees provides a comprehensive review of published articles and pulls together the growing […]

    5 Great Lakes Species Facing Threats From Big Oil Pipelines

    5 Great Lakes Species Facing Threats From Big Oil Pipelines

    National Wildlife Federation By Jane Kirchner The Great Lakes are the world’s largest surface freshwater ecosystem and their waters and shoreline areas provide habitat for a breathtaking array of wildlife. But with a recent increase in oil surging through aging pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac—the narrow waterway connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron—the chance […]