Tag Archives: Neonicotinoid

Bees: Friends of the Earth mounts legal challenge over govt pesticide decision

A Government decision to allow farmers to use ‘banned’ bee-harming pesticides in England, is being challenged at the High Court by Friends of the Earth. The environment charity notified the Government on Friday (21 August 2015) that it has applied … Continue reading

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Bee study reopens debate on neonics

  Goulson says bees are exposed to sufficient doses of neonicotinoids to reduce nest growth A bee expert has called into question the basis of the Government’s position on neonicotinoid insecticides, saying the study it cited actually shows the chemicals … Continue reading

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Bee pesticide study furore is called a ‘scandal’

  Do neonicotinoid pesticides kill bees? We still don’t know, but the latest research is alarming – and casts doubt on the integrity of science. One of the UK’s top bee researchers this week claimed that a study quoted two … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoids ‘5000 times more toxic’ than DDT for bees

A UK academic at the annual conference of the Soil Association has strengthened the case for the EU-wide ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, revealing mounting evidence of their deadly effects on essential pollinators. Speaking at the event, Dave Goulson of the … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoid ban hit UK farmers hard

Bugs devour rapeseed crop in Britain as EU ban on pesticide to save bees comes into force   Peter Kendall surveys his crop of oilseed rape. At this time of year, he should usually be looking at healthy green cotyledons … Continue reading

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RoboBees might be pollinating our crops within 10 years

RoboBees might be pollinating our crops within 10 years   A team of researchers from Harvard University that created the RoboBees are developing the robotic insects to be able to pollinate crops. The researchers are pushing the development because of … Continue reading

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Pesticide ‘Contaminating’ Prairie Wetlands: Scientist

A University of Saskatchewan biologist says many wetlands across the Prairies are being contaminated by a relatively new pesticide that is threatening the ecosystem. Christy Morrissey says that over the past few years neonicotinoids have been used increasingly on crops in … Continue reading

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Bee pesticides may ‘harm developing brains of unborn babies’

Experts find chemicals that may adversely affect neurons and brain structures associated with learning and memory. Controversial pesticides linked to declines in bee populations may harm the developing brains of unborn babies, experts at the European Food Safety Authority ruled on Tuesday. They … Continue reading

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EPA sued over bees

Beekeepers are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its approval of a chemical they say kills honey producers. The pesticide sulfoxaflor is “highly toxic” to bees and other insects, the groups say, and could be contributing to broader declines … Continue reading

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Bee health debate heats up over pesticides

A new national campaign to restrict use of a widely applied group of pesticides is bringing increased attention to the question of how to improve the health of honeybees and other pollinators. This week a full-page advertisement appeared in major … Continue reading

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