(KVUE) An environmental group is pushing Texas lawmakers to better protect bees. Environment Texas wants a statewide ban on a bee-killing pesticide. The group delivered more than 12,000 petitions to the state legislature Thursday. It is asking lawmakers to ban pesticides known as neonicotinoids.
(Post-Star) “We need this data to keep New York an agricultural juggernaut,” Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said in a release. “To enact a new policy that discounts bees and their impact on New York is bad environmental, economic and agricultural policy. We are here today to say: reverse the decision…”
(CBS 17) The grassroots group Environment North Carolina delivered a petition with 13,452 signatures to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office, calling for a consumer ban on the sale and use of neonicotinoid pesticides. House Bill 559, also known as the Pollinator Protection Act, stalled in committee this spring.
(Conservation Science and Practice) “The scientific community has understandably been focused on establishing the breadth and depth of the phenomenon and on documenting factors causing insect declines. In parallel with ongoing research, it is now time for the development of a policy consensus that will allow for a swift societal response… To these ends, we suggest primary policy goals summarized at scales from nations to farms to homes.”
(The Independent) Mainly made up of sedum plants, a total of 316 have been covered in greenery in Utrecht. The shelters not only support the city’s biodiversity, such as honey bees and bumble bees, but they also help capture fine dust and store rainwater.
(PBS NewsHour) Friday’s EPA announcement makes sulfoxaflor the latest bug- and weed-killer defended by the Trump administration despite lawsuits alleging environmental or human harm. EPA said Friday that new industry studies that have not been made public show only a low level of risk to bees and other wildlife.
(EurekAlert/University of Maryland) The study showed that the global area cultivated in crops that require pollination by bees and other insects expanded by 137 percent, while crop diversity increased by just 20.5 percent. This imbalance is a problem because agriculture dominated by just one or two types of crops only provides nutrition for pollinators during a limited window when the crops are blooming. “The bottom line is that if you’re increasing pollinator crops, you also need to diversify crops and implement pollinator-friendly management.”
(CNN) It is at least the third bee-related dataset to be suspended under the current administration. The Cost of Pollination survey and the Honey survey have also been suspended or scaled back in the last year. “Understanding what’s going on with honey bees is incredibly important to having a sense of what’s impacting pollinators in general.”