Butterfly species in the American West are declining due to climate change

Butterflies, along with bees that are also in declines, are important pollinators, and scientists worry that their decline will harm crops and other plants.

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Caithness: Rare Great Yellow bumblebee discovered in Scotland

One of the UK's rarest bumblebees has been discovered by conservationists in Caithness.
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Pollinators on the Plains covers beekeeping strategies, endangered species

The Kansas Rural Center's event covered a range of pollinator topics, including beekeeping methods and strategies, pollinator-based community initiatives and more.
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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.
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Mother load

Multitasking bat moms carry their nursing pups underwing all while navigating a growing array of threats in the Australian forests they call home.
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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.
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Pollinator-friendly solar could be a win-win for climate and landowners, but greenwashing is a worry

Solar developers are planting native flowers and grasses near—or even in between—solar panels, addressing the twin problems of pollinator decline and climate change.
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These rare seeds escaped Syria's war—to help feed the world

Conflict forced scientists to abandon a gene bank, but not before duplicating their last remnants of essential crops in the Svalbard vault on a remote Arctic island.
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Video: The beekeeper protecting Kosovo′s forests

Kosovo's Sharr Mountains National Park is a paradise of biodiversity under threat. A local beekeper is working to save it through education.
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The murder hornet hunters of Paris

And other tales of hives and honeybees in the City of Light.
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Climate change isn't the only environmental crisis Biden wants to confront

The Democratic nominee's platform calls on the United States to set aside 30 percent of its land and water for conservation by the end of the decade.
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Europe’s green ambitions run into an old foe: Farmers

The farm industry lobby and leading agri powerhouses like Italy are thwarting the EU’s promises of a Green Deal.
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'Crazy' beekeepers determined to make it in tough times

They wrote it right into their business plan — an expectation that, each year, at least half the stock on which their livelihood depends would die.

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Science’s fallen hero

Meet Thomas Midgley, Jr., who solved science problems by making bigger ones.

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 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: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

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

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