EU top court upholds ban on Bayer pesticides linked to harming bees

From Rueters, May 6, 2021. The European Union’s top court on Thursday upheld the EU’s partial ban on three insecticides linked to harming bees, preventing their use on certain crops. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal by Bayer (BAYGn.DE) to overturn a lower EU court’s 2018 decision to uphold the ban. Read the […]

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Living near a US toxic waste site could shave a year off your life, study finds

From the Guardian, April 13, 2021. Superfund sites are scattered across America: they’re places like landfills and manufacturing plants so contaminated with hazardous waste that the federal government has designated them a national priority to clean up. And according to a new, large-scale study, living near one can shave months – and in some cases, […]

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Pesticide breakdown products found in hundreds of US streams

From the American Chemical Society, March 23, 2021. When toxic pesticides break down in the environment, the threat they may pose to aquatic life does not simply disappear—instead, they spawn a deluge of derivatives known as transformation products, which can be just as toxic as their parent molecules. An extensive environmental survey of pesticide transformation […]

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The Tribal Coalition Fighting to Save Monarch Butterflies

From TNR, March 4, 2021. Habitat loss and climate change are decimating the species. What can the U.S. learn from Oklahoma tribes’ efforts to restore their migratory path? Seventeen years ago, Jane Breckinridge came home. A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation with a great-grandmother who was Euchee, Breckinridge had left Oklahoma after high school […]

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Chemicals in plastics damage babies’ brains and must be banned immediately, expert group says

From CNN Health, February 20, 2021. Synthetic chemicals called phthalates are damaging children’s brain development and therefore must be immediately banned from consumer products, according to a group of scientists and health professionals from Project TENDR. Project TENDR, which stands for Targeting Environmental Neuro-Development Risks, is a group of volunteer scientists, health professionals and child […]

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How Non-Native Plants Are Contributing to a Global Insect Decline

From Yale 360, December 8, 2020. The impact of introduced plants on native biodiversity has emerged as a hot-button issue in ecology. But recent research provides new evidence that the displacement of native plant communities is a key cause of a collapse in insect populations and is affecting birds as well. For years, Doug Tallamy […]

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How Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water

From Consumer Reports, December 3, 2020. The oil and gas extraction technique threatens water in North Dakota and elsewhere, but activists are fighting back Lisa Finley-DeVille started drinking bottled water around the same time her friend’s horses began to get sick and die. A half decade ago on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western […]

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The Harmful Chemical Lurking in Your Children’s Toys

From the New York Times, November 23, 2020. Heather Stapleton vividly recalled the moment she realized that the dangerous chemicals she studied in her lab had entered her home. Dr. Stapleton, a chemist at Duke University, had just put her 1-year-old son to bed and was chatting with a colleague in her living room about […]

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Boerst family brings regenerative ag approach to their farm

From Wisconsin State Farmer, November 25, 2020. MANAWA, Wis. – Canadian grazier Steve Kenyon helped define regenerative agriculture as “growing soil from the plants instead of just using the soil to grow plants.” Now Dan and Ruth Boerst are practicing regenerative agriculture on 500 acres of owned and rented land in central Waupaca County through […]

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Tiny air pollution rise linked to 11% more Covid-19 deaths – study

From The Guardian, November 4, 2020. A small rise in people’s long-term exposure to air pollution is associated with an 11% increase in deaths from Covid-19, research has found. Another recent study suggests that 15% of all Covid-19 deaths around the world are attributable to dirty air. The available data only allows correlations to be […]

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Fipronil, a common insecticide, disrupts aquatic communities in the U.S.

From the Colorado State University, October 2020. The presence of insecticides in streams is increasingly a global concern, yet information on safe concentrations for aquatic ecosystems is sometimes sparse. A new study — led by Colorado State University’s Janet Miller and researchers at the United States Geological Survey — found a common insecticide, fipronil, and […]

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