neonicotinoids

EPA Expected to Extend Use of Bee-Killing Pesticides

EPA Expected to Extend Use of Bee-Killing Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to approve a proposal to extend the use of four neonicotinoids for the next 15 years. These pesticides are known to be especially dangerous for essential pollinators, like bees and butterflies, and have been linked to the widespread decline of insect populations. Despite citing the pesticides imidacloprid, […]

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    Japanese Fisheries Collapsed Due to Pesticides, New Research Says

    Japanese Fisheries Collapsed Due to Pesticides, New Research Says

    Scientists announced today that pesticide use on rice fields led to the collapse of a nearby fishery in Lake Shinji, Japan, according to a new study published in the journal Science. The long-term study seems to have borne out the prophecy of Rachel Carson’s seminal 1962 book Silent Spring, in which the author describes the […]

    Neonics May Be Killing Birds in Addition to Bees, Groundbreaking Study Finds

    Neonics May Be Killing Birds in Addition to Bees, Groundbreaking Study Finds

    By Julia Conley In addition to devastating effects on bee populations and the pollination needed to feed humans and other species, widely-used pesticides chemically related to nicotine may be deadly to birds and linked to some species’ declines, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan studied the pesticide imidacloprid, in the […]

    Neonic Pesticide May Become More Toxic in Tap Water

    Neonic Pesticide May Become More Toxic in Tap Water

    By Jennifer Sass Yet again, our government scientists—the oft neglected but so important brain trust of our nation—bring the public some very important new data. Pesticide water monitoring experts at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) paired up with scientists from the University of Iowa in a federally funded collaboration to track neonicotinoid pesticides or ” […]

    Renewed Hope for Eastern Monarch Butterfly?

    Renewed Hope for Eastern Monarch Butterfly?

    The yearly count of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico, released Wednesday, shows an increase of 144 percent from last year’s count and is the highest count since 2006. That’s good news for a species whose numbers had fallen in recent years, but conservationists say the monarch continues to need Endangered Species Act protection. The count […]

    Half of Michigan’s Bumblebee Species in Decline, One Extinct

    Half of Michigan’s Bumblebee Species in Decline, One Extinct

    Honeybees get a lot of attention for their worrisome decline, but many species of bumblebees—which are key pollinators—are also in trouble. In Michigan, half of its bumblebee species have declined by 50 percent or more, Michigan Radio reported. “Of those twelve species, about half of them have declined and the other half are stable,” Thomas […]

    10 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Neonics

    10 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Neonics

    By Daniel Raichel As massive numbers of bees and other pollinators keep dying across the globe, study after study continues to connect these deaths to neonicotinoid pesticides (A.K.A. “neonics”). With the science piling up, and other countries starting to take critical pollinator-saving action, here’s a quick primer on all things neonics: 1. What are neonics? […]