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German cabinet approves legislation to ban glyphosate from 2024

Farmers in Germany will have to gradually reduce their use of glyphosate and stop using it completely from 2024 in order to preserve clean habitats for insects, under draft legislation passed by the country's cabinet.

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Gabriel Popkin: Invasive insects and diseases are killing our forests

America wasn’t ready for the pandemic. And it isn’t ready for the next contagion to strike our woodlands.

New clues to help monarch conservation efforts

Planting milkweed can help monarch butterflies, but new research shows that there’s still a lot we can learn about how to do that effectively.

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

How far does wildlife roam? Ask the 'internet of animals'

An ambitious new system will track scores of species from space — shedding light, scientists hope, on the lingering mysteries of animal movement.

New studies confirm insects are vanishing at an alarming rate

Insects aren’t just pests. They’re crucial for the planet and our food supply, and scientists say we can all pitch in to help.

Insect populations suffering death by 1,000 cuts, say scientists

'Frightening' global decline is 'tearing apart the tapestry of life', with climate crisis a critical concern.

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.


Grasshopper cages reveal trouble with shifting habitats

New research looks at what could happen to plant communities on alpine grasslands if grasshoppers from lower elevations settled there.

London is “rewilding” and native species are flocking in

The British capital is resurrecting its long lost natural habitats to foster biodiversity.

How non-native plants are contributing to a global insect decline

Recent research provides new evidence that the displacement of native plant communities is a key cause of a collapse in insect populations and is affecting birds as well.

Bug bites: Edible insect production ramps up quickly in Madagascar

In the last two years, two insect farming projects have taken off in Madagascar as a way to provide precious protein while alleviating pressure on lemurs and other wild animals hunted for bushmeat.

Pet flea treatments poisoning rivers across England, scientists find

Highly toxic insecticides used on cats and dogs to kill fleas are poisoning rivers across England, a study has revealed. The discovery is "extremely concerning" for water insects, and the fish and birds that depend on them, the scientists said.

Study finds ticks choose humans over dogs when temperature rises

Ticks carrying the deadly Rocky Mountain spotted fever disease are more than twice as likely to shift their feeding preference from dogs to humans when temperatures rise.

One year on: Insects still in peril as world struggles with global pandemic

In identifying the sources of insect declines, researchers pointed to the same drivers as last year: climate change, habitat destruction, pesticides and human overpopulation.

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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

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