Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students

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(AP) The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the decision as a court hearing was getting underway on a challenge to the rule by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Even during pandemic beekeeping remains an essential service

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(AP) For the past five years, the D.C. Beekeepers Alliance has responded to calls from residents about bee swarms. These beekeepers call themselves the “Swarm Squad” and will come to all areas of the region to take away unwanted bees and give them a home. When district officials began looking at the possibility of shutting down the city due to the coronavirus outbreak, the group’s president reached out to her contact at the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment. “I called up our regulators and said essentially, ‘If we’re going to catch swarms we need to not be arrested.’”

EU has failed to halt decline of bees and butterflies, auditors say

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(Reuters) The European Court of Auditors looked at the effectiveness of the European Commission’s framework of measures aimed at protecting species also including wasps and beetles – such as its 2018 pollinators and biodiversity to 2020 initiatives. Such policies do not really help with the protection of pollinators, auditors said. The auditors even found that EU rules on pesticides are a main cause of wild pollinator losses.

ICE: Foreign students must leave the U.S. if their colleges go online-only this fall

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(NPR) Foreign students attending U.S. colleges that will operate entirely online this fall semester cannot remain in the country to do so, according to new regulations released Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The federal guidance limits options for international students and leaves them with an uncomfortable choice: attend in-person classes during a pandemic or take them online from another country. And for students enrolled in schools that have already announced plans to operate fully online, there is no choice.

‘National nature service’ needed for green recovery in England

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(The Guardian) The national government must “seize the day” and create a national nature service to restore wildlife and habitats in England, say a coalition of the country’s biggest green groups. It said such a move would create thousands of jobs, a more resilient country and tackle the wildlife and climate crises. The coalition has drawn up a list of 330 projects that are ready to go, including flower meadows, “tiny forests” in cities and hillside schemes to cut flooding. It said a service to fund the projects and train workers would create 10,000 jobs and be part of a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Get off the grass and let the wildflowers and the bees flourish, council told

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(The Scotsman) Stirling Council is being called up to change its approach to grass cutting with two petitions asking the local authority to back down on trimming back verges and other green spaces on a regular basis. “Normally these spring wildflowers wouldn’t have the chance to bloom as grass cutting starts before their flowering period, but this year, as a result of lockdown, they have been left alone to do what they do best; feed the bees, and provide a beautiful display to cheer us all up in the process.”

Tennessee releases new specialty license plate to “Save the Honey Bee”

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(WJLE) The state recently unveiled the new “Save the Honey Bee” plate which is now available for sale at county clerk’s offices across the state. A portion of the fee from sales of the plates will be allocated to Honeybee Tennessee, a non-profit organization founded by Davis, to be used exclusively to support the mission of educating the community on the importance of honey bees, including providing funding for local schools and camps for the appropriate equipment and educational materials needed for beekeeping.