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Unanimous vote: Portland bans neonicotinoids to protect bees from deadly pesticide

4/3/2015 - After the disturbing death in 2013 of tens of thousands of bees in Wilsonville, Oregon believed to be linked to a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, Portland, Oregon has decided -- after a recent unanimous vote -- to ban use of these toxic chemicals on city-owned property. The ban does not...

Bee-killing neonicotinoids also lower crop yields by poisoning slugs predators

12/13/2014 - The world's most widely used pesticides - already implicated in worldwide declines in pollinator populations - may actually reduce crop yields by wiping out native predators of agricultural pests, suggests a study conducted by researchers from Penn State and the University of South Florida and published...

Ontario government recognizes neonicotinoids as 'the biggest threat' to the environment

10/13/2014 - Environmental advocates in Ontario are warning of an ecosystem collapse if a certain class of insecticides continues to be used throughout the province. Gord Miller, the environmental commissioner for Ontario, released his 2013/2014 annual report detailing concerns over several practices that are...

Canadian beekeepers file lawsuit against Bayer, Syngenta over bee-killing neonicotinoids

9/29/2014 - Canadian beekeepers have filed a class-action lawsuit against two pesticide manufacturers, seeking $400 million in damages for the devastating effects of the neonicotinoid pesticides that have been linked to the destruction of honeybee colonies. "The goal is to stop the use of the neonicotinoids...

Neonicotinoids and pyrazoles are killing off honeybees, scientists discover

8/26/2014 - New insights into how crop chemicals are annihilating honeybees have emerged out of Brazil, where researchers say they've identified the mechanics behind bee-killing pesticides like fipronil (pyrazoles) and imidacloprid (neonicotinoids). A study published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and...

Neonicotinoid pesticides found contaminating streams and rivers throughout Midwest

8/1/2014 - Researchers for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) tested nine rivers in the Midwest during last year's growing season and discovered high concentrations of neonicotinoids, or neonics, in 100 percent of the water samples. Neonicotinoids, similar to nicotine, are a class of neuro-active insecticides...

Neonicotinoids to be banned in American Northwest and Hawaii in effort to save pollinators

7/31/2014 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to end their use of neonicotinoids, an insecticide resembling nicotine that kills a variety of pests and has been proven deadly to the environment. "We made the decision because we are concerned over the global decline in all pollinators -- bees and...

Failure of the EPA marked by honey bee decline

7/7/2014 - There have been suspicions about pesticides causing colony collapse disorder (CCD) where suddenly many bees die or disappear from their hives and never return. In particular, many scientists have been suspecting a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. After several large scale bee keeper and...

Breaking - Spokane City Council rebels against bee-killing pesticide and votes to ban neonicotinoids

6/29/2014 - Another positive step in protecting bees has been taken, this time by the Spokane City Council. It will now be illegal for the City of Spokane to purchase or use neonicotinoid insecticides, such as RoundUp Ready. Following the example of Eugene, Oregon, the city is the second in the nation to ban the...

Confirmed: Neonicotinoids are collapsing honeybee colonies

5/29/2014 - The hypothesis that neonicotinoid insecticides are the primary factor responsible for the ongoing collapse of honeybee colonies has been strengthened in a study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Worcester County Beekeepers Association, and published in the Bulletin...

Neonicotinoids kill honey bees by deactivating their immune systems

11/3/2013 - New research out of Italy has identified yet another mechanism by which neonicotinoid pesticides kill honey bees. Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, this latest study reveals that neonicotinoid pesticides like clothianidin, a systemic pesticide commonly sprayed...

Neonicotinoids are the new DDT, and they're destroying our world

8/14/2013 - The infamous organochlorine insecticide, DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), has been banned from agricultural use worldwide since 1972, after world leaders decided it was universally unsafe at the Stockholm Convention. At the time, DDT was linked to cancer and deemed a contact poison to wildlife,...

Europe bans bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides: When will America take action?

5/12/2013 - A major victory for the world's bee populations has been achieved in Europe, where a majority of European Union (EU) member states voted recently to ban the use of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides across the entire continent for at least two years. In an overwhelming vote of 15 to 8, these member...

Neonicotinoid pesticides continue to cause the decline of bee population in the U.S

2/13/2013 - In the most recent news about neonicotinoid pesticides, it was reported that European countries have already decided to ban the continuous use of the pesticides because of the presented scientific evidences showing that they continue to endanger bees. Corporate farms in the U.S.; however, continue to...

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