EPA pushes decision on neonicotinoids to 2016, maybe 2017

Well, you can’t accuse the Environmental Protection Agency of making a snap decision. The EPA announced that a recommendation on the use of neonics won’t come until at least 2016 — and maybe 2017. That’s the good news, I suppose. The earlier project was 2018. Jim Jones, the agency’s head of its chemical safety andContinue reading “EPA pushes decision on neonicotinoids to 2016, maybe 2017”

EarthJustice.org claims victory in gaining EPA coal ash regulations

EarthJustice.org, one of the nation’s largest environmental protection law firms, is claiming victory in its fight to regulate coal ash dumping. Here’s part of a recent announcement: For nearly 6 years, we have pressured the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the White House and our elected officials to protect thousands of communities and millions of AmericansContinue reading “EarthJustice.org claims victory in gaining EPA coal ash regulations”

Are the bees moving to town?

Researchers in France have found a large number of species of “wild bees” living in and adapting to urban and semi-urban environments. Mark Kinver, a BBC environmental writer, reports: Writing in Plos One, they (the researchers) added that 60 species were also found in very urbanised areas in the city of Lyon. There is widespread concern thatContinue reading “Are the bees moving to town?”

Is CCD over?

Is colony collapse disorder (CCD) over? Apparently, an increasing portion of the scientific and governmental community concerned with bees believes that it is. If so, it’s good news. But it isn’t all good news, as Noah Wilson-Rich, founder and chief scientific officer of the Best Bees Company and the author of The Bee: A Natural History,Continue reading “Is CCD over?”

Beekeepers in Canada file suit against Bayer, Syngenta

Canadian beekeepers have filed suit again the large chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta, charging them with “negligence” in distributing pesticides that have caused widespread deaths of honeybees and subsequently decreased honey production. The major pesticide in question, of course, is neonicotinoids, better known as neonics. Here’s more on the suit from the Toronto Globe andContinue reading “Beekeepers in Canada file suit against Bayer, Syngenta”

EarthJustice.org: Going to court on behalf of the bees

A big part of the battle to save bees and improve the environment for all of us is taking place, not in the fields and around the hives, but in the nation’s courtrooms. One of those battles is being fought by an outfit named EarthJustice.org. EarthJustice.org describes itself as . . . the nation’s premiereContinue reading “EarthJustice.org: Going to court on behalf of the bees”

Pollinators Stewardship Council issues appeal to report bee kills

The Pollinator Stewardship Council has sent along (via Kim Flottum) this appeal for beekeepers who have experienced bee kills to report them: Bee kills reported to the Pollinator Stewardship Council last year came from thirteen states and totaled 14,976 colonies. During the spring of 2014 bee kills reported to us totalled  89,000 colonies in fiveContinue reading “Pollinators Stewardship Council issues appeal to report bee kills”

Should the bees move to town?

In many rural areas, bees might be looking around and saying, “This place ain’t what it used to be.” Maybe there’s more opportunity for them in the city. And humans should consider the possibilities of urban beekeeping.