EPA Gives Notice To Dozens Scientific Advisory Board Members  — Natural History Wanderings

The Washington Post reports The Environmental Protection Agency has given notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shake-up that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the agency. Read full story at: EPA just gave notice to […]

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Governors Brown, Cuomo and Inslee Form U.S. Climate Alliance — Natural History Wanderings

Office of the governor news release CA GOVERNOR BROWN, NY GOVERNOR CUOMO AND WA GOVERNOR INSLEE ANNOUNCE FORMATION OF U.S. CLIMATE ALLIANCE Brown, Cuomo and Inslee Will Serve as Co-Chairs, Urge Other States to Join Alliance SACRAMENTO – In response to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, California Governor Edmund […]

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Wild Bees Are Important!

Open Space Trust has a post on the importance of Wild Bees. Here a few significant excerpts Wild, free ranging bees residing in natural open spaces are pollinating upwards of 39% of our crops in California. These wild bees contribute the equivalent of up to $2.4 billion a year to the state’s agricultural economy! There are about […]

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We really are what we eat!

Center for Biological Diversity News Release EPA Analysis: 97 Percent of Endangered Species Threatened by Two Common Pesticides WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency today released its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, finding that 97 percent of the more than 1,800 animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species […]

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UNKNOWN BEE SPECIES IDENTIFIED IN THE U.S.

Many of America’s bees are in big trouble. But for most of the country’s bee species, researchers have too little information to know anything about their populations. In a new report, scientists meticulously studied more than 5,100 bees in the Perdita genus, a big group of physically tiny desert bees. By going through thousands of…

via Scientists finally identify nine new species of bees that they could have discovered years ago if they had bothered to look — Quartz

Seven bee species are now officially endangered — Quartz

We have written a lot about how bee colonies are being wiped out at an alarming rate across the US, the UK and Europe. It’s not entirely clear what is causing global bee colony collapse disorder, but it likely has something to do with the use of pesticides and fungicides, with the situation likely exacerbated…

via Seven bee species are now officially endangered — Quartz

Global Wildlife Falls By 58% Since 1979 — Natural History Wanderings

The BBC reports Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970, a report says. The Living Planet assessment, by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and WWF, suggests that if the trend continues that decline could reach two-thirds among vertebrates by 2020. The figures suggest that animals living in lakes, rivers and wetlands are […]

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