Widely used neonic insecticides may be a threat to mammals, too

Neonicotinoids, used on corn seed and other crops, are already accused of contributing to declines of insect pollinators. Now there's evidence they can also harm rabbits, birds, and deer.

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Beyond bees, neonics damage ecosystems—and a push for policy change is coming

Scientists point to the long-term negative impacts of neonicotinoids, and advocates hope a regulatory overhaul will help.

A quarter of all known bee species haven't been seen since the 1990s

The number of bee species appears to have declined sharply in the past 30 years, which could mean many types of bee are extinct or so rare that no one has recording a sighting

Greta Thunberg attacks Boris Johnson’s ‘so-called green industrial revolution’ over bee-killing pesticide

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has questioned the credibility of Boris Johnson's green agenda after the government announced a bee-killing pesticide so poisonous that it is banned by the EU may be used in England.

England breaks promise to maintain ban on bee-harming pesticide

A pesticide believed to kill bees has been authorised for use in England despite an EU-wide ban two years ago and an explicit government pledge to keep the restrictions.

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Beekeepers in Botswana battle climate change

Botswana's government has promoted beekeeping as a strategy to combat poverty and loss of biodiversity. But climate change including many years of drought mean beekeepers are facing an uphill battle to keep their hives healthy.

How you can help count and conserve native bees

Honeybees and their problems get the most attention, but scientists are using tactics learned from bird conservation to protect American bees.

In Germany, a grassroots push to save disappearing birds and bees forces change

Shocking declines in bird and insect numbers fuel a powerful, citizen-based movement for farms to protect nature, one that seems to be catching on across Europe.
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As bee population numbers plummet with climate change, 'winners' and 'losers' emerge

Bees are critical to the survival of myriad ecosystems around the world, and their pollination is worth billions of dollars every year in the U.S. and abroad. Their populations have been declining for decades due to climate change and habitat loss, posing a threat to global food security.

What to wear when battling the venomous Asian giant hornet

The suits worn by Washington state entomologists aren't "official" hornet-fighting armor. But they were affordable—and came up in an Amazon search.

The murder hornet hunters of Paris

And other tales of hives and honeybees in the City of Light.

Kind is the first food brand to commit to 'bee-friendly' almonds

Pollinating California’s vast almond crop has been devastating for bee populations. Kind wants to use its buying power to implement new farming practices to change that.

Bees slower, sicker and living shorter lives because of air pollution, study suggests

Breathing toxic fumes due to exposure to heavily polluted air is one of the key contributors to early death all around the world, exacerbating risks posed by lung and heart conditions.


'Murder hornet' mania reveals dangers of fearing insects and spiders

In the U.S., a culturally rooted animosity and ignorance toward bugs can be harmful to both them and us.

Lead from Notre-Dame fire discovered in Parisian beehives

University of British Columbia researchers Kate Smith and Dominique Weis and a team of scientists found that honey from hives downwind of Notre-Dame had lead concentrations on average four times higher than samples collected in nearby suburbs, and up to three and a half times higher than the typical amount for Parisian beehives before the fire.

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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