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One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest. And in the past several months, a scramble in California’s almond groves has given the world a taste of what may lie in store for food production if the widespread — and still puzzling...
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If you ask most experts why we should worry about all those honeybees and wild bees that are famously dying off, they'll often give a simple answer: because bees pollinate so many of our crops. Without bees flitting from flower to flower, spreading pollen as they go, we wouldn’t have bountiful harv...
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They're big eyed, small bodies, hard boned, and busy. Busy bees are where your honey comes from, duh, but have you ever marveled at how intricate and thought out the whole honey making operation is for these nano sized critters? It all begins with the pollen. Bees have a miraculous ability to pollin...
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Posted by on in General Environment
Long term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide damages bees' ability to forage for pollen – and may be changing their choices of which flowers to visit – according to new research published today. The research, conducted at Royal Holloway University of London, monitored bee activity using Rad...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Honey Bees are dying and now a team of environmental regulators has been tasked with determining why. On Friday, President Barack Obama announced plans for a task force to help save the bees. The team, which will be co-chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protectio...
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Posted by on in Animals
The bumblebee moving from flower to flower by the shores of Lake Pend Oreille had a distinctive white patch on its rear. So a wildlife technician snapped a picture, documenting a sighting of a Western bumblebee in Bonner County. Idaho Department of Fish and Game crews found three of the native bum...
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Posted by on in MyBlog
Honey bees are trapped in a Catch 22 where antibiotics used to protect them from bacterial illnesses ravaging hives are making them die from commonly used pesticides, some of which are used to ward-off bee-killing parasites. A new study into the effect of antibiotics on honey bees adds to the resea...
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Posted by on in Animals
Bees have a much greater economic value than is widely known, according to a scientific probe into strawberry-growing. Strawberries pollinated by bees were of far higher commercial value than fruit that was self-pollinated or pollinated by the wind. They were heavier, firmer and redder and had a l...
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Posted by on in Solar
I like to emphasize the importance of the application of technologies. A technology can be wonderful if you implement it in a sensible manner, or that same technology could be terrible if implemented foolishly. Solarcentury seems to get that. It intends to turn its solar farms into wildlife sanctua...
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The widely-reported decline of bee populations worldwide is wreaking havoc in certain ecosystems, particularly since it is now known that bees can be very fickle when it comes to pollination.  PLAY VIDEO Why Are All The Bees Dying? Bee populations around the world have collapsed. DC...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--July 24, 2013. Gina McCarthy, a veteran environmental regulator and President Obama’s pick to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  finally had her appointment confirmed by the U.S. Senate after an almost five month delay imposed by Senate Republicans. ...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Last Monday the European Union deputy ambassadors voted to accept  evidence available that confirms the link between pesticides and bee deaths. The vote took place in Brussels, where they were forced to act quickly to set forth a ban for a minimum of at least two years on the pesticides that sc...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
  Bees are a vital part of the ecosystem. It has been falsely attributed to Albert Einstein that the great scientist and philosopher said that if the bee disappeared from the planet then man would have no more than four years to live. Einstein did not say this but the sentiment, if exaggerat...
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One of three bites of food you eat is reliant on honey bee pollination Last month, for the second time, the EPA refused to intervene to stop the use of the pesticide clothianidin, which scientists believe is at least partially to blame for the alarming rise in bee colony collapse The sudden bee die...
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Posted by on in Animals
By Jeremy Hance Following research linking neonicotinoid pesticides to the decline in bee populations, France has announced it plans to ban Cruiser OSR, an insecticide produced by Sygenta. Recent studies, including one in France, have shown that neonicotinoid pesticides likely hurt bees' ability to...
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Posted by on in Animals
19,200 distinct species of bees have been mapped by the American Museum of Natural History! That is good news for farmers and all of us whose food and landscaping depend upon bees to make it happen. There has been a worry about collapse of honeybee colonies necessary to pollinate. Bees have more sp...
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