pesticides

‘Ban Neonicotinoids Right Now,’ Say Conservationists After EPA Pesticide Review

‘Ban Neonicotinoids Right Now,’ Say Conservationists After EPA Pesticide Review

By Andrea Germanos Environmental and food safety advocates highlighted Thursday the decline in iconic pollinators following new analyses released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showing three widely used neonicotinoid insecticides are “likely to adversely affect” the majority of the endangered plants and animals the agency assessed. “Now the EPA can’t ignore the fact that […]

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    Neonicotinoids Harm Bees at Far Below the Label Recommended Dose, Study Finds

    Neonicotinoids Harm Bees at Far Below the Label Recommended Dose, Study Finds

    Ornamental plant nurseries — with their high concentration of different flowers — are an important food source for pollinators. In fact, University of California (UC), Riverside entomologists Jacob Cecala and Erin E. Wilson Rankin counted more than 150 species of wild bees at nurseries in California alone. Despite this, very little research has been done […]

    Pesticide Cocktails Kill More Bees, Study Finds

    Pesticide Cocktails Kill More Bees, Study Finds

    It is clear that the world’s pollinators are under threat. A 2019 study found that almost half of all insects have disappeared since 1970 and 41 percent of insect species are at risk of extinction. Further, one in six bee species have gone locally extinct in at least one area, as AFP pointed out. But […]

    Grasshopper Plague Is Latest Sign of Climate Crisis in U.S. West

    Grasshopper Plague Is Latest Sign of Climate Crisis in U.S. West

    The hot, dry weather baking the U.S. West is causing another problem for the beleaguered region: an overabundance of grasshoppers. The crop-devouring insects are native to the region, and normally their population is too small to cause alarm, The Guardian explained. But warmer, drier winters beginning in 2020 created the ideal conditions for more of […]

    Germany’s New Wildflower Meadows Offer Urban Safe Havens to Bees and Insects

    Germany’s New Wildflower Meadows Offer Urban Safe Havens to Bees and Insects

    In Germany, hope is growing for wild bees and insects. Surprisingly, it’s taking root in the country’s large urban cities, thanks to wildflower meadows being planted precisely to reverse precipitous declines in insect populations. Insects around the world are in danger. A 2020 study published in Science estimated that global bug populations are down 25 […]

    Bayer Considers Ending Some U.S. Glyphosate Sales as Environmentalists Urge EPA to Enact Full Ban

    Bayer Considers Ending Some U.S. Glyphosate Sales as Environmentalists Urge EPA to Enact Full Ban

    By Brett Wilkins After a federal judge rejected a $2 billion class-action proposal from Bayer to avert future lawsuits alleging its popular Roundup herbicide causes cancer, the pharmaceutical and chemical giant announced Thursday that it would consider ending sales of the glyphosate-based weedkiller for residential use in the United States. In a statement, Bayer said […]

    Trump EPA Officials Hid Threats of Toxic Dicamba Herbicide, IG Report Shows

    Trump EPA Officials Hid Threats of Toxic Dicamba Herbicide, IG Report Shows

    By Kenny Stancil A new report released Monday by a federal oversight agency revealed that before former President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency reapproved use of dicamba in 2018, high-ranking officials in the administration intentionally excluded scientific evidence of certain hazards related to the herbicide, including the risk of widespread drift damage. The Office of […]

    How Environmentally Friendly Are Balcony Plants?

    How Environmentally Friendly Are Balcony Plants?

    By Jeannette Cwienk From violets and pansies to kitchen herbs, the longer spring goes on in the northern hemisphere, the more diverse our options are for outdoor flowers and plants. According to the German environmental nonprofit BUND, about a billion garden and balcony plants are sold in the country each year. And those splashes of […]

    Video Reveals Water Contamination, ‘Brazen Disregard’ for Amazon by ‘Sustainable’ Palm Oil Industry

    Video Reveals Water Contamination, ‘Brazen Disregard’ for Amazon by ‘Sustainable’ Palm Oil Industry

    During 18 months, Mongabay investigated allegations challenging the “sustainable” status of the Brazilian palm oil supply chain, revealing impacts including deforestation and water contamination, and what appears to be an industry-wide pattern of brazen disregard for Amazon conservation and for the rights of Indigenous people and traditional communities in northern Pará state. In this behind-the-scenes […]