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US sets up honey bee loss task force

The White House has set up a taskforce to tackle the decline of honey bees. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the agriculture department will lead the effort, which includes $8m (£4.7m) for new honey bee habitats. Bee populations saw a 23% decline last winter, a trend blamed on the … Continue reading

Mapping Earth’s Magnetic Fields

    By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News   Europe’s Swarm space mission has begun making maps of Earth’s magnetic field. Data just released shows how the field generated in the planet’s liquid outer core varies in strength over the course of a few months. Swarm’s early assessment appears … Continue reading

Badgers: Ministers ‘wilfully’ ignoring science advice

    By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News A senior government adviser has described coalition plans to change the way the pilot badger culls are assessed as “an abuse” of the scientific method. Prof Timothy Coulson is concerned the government is considering a less reliable way of assessing humaneness … Continue reading

UN: World’s Forests Fundamental to Human Well-being

  By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News A senior UN official has described the world’s forests as “fundamental” to human well-being and survival. Eva Mueller, director of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Forestry Division, said trees provided a direct source of food, fuel and income. Commenting on the findings … Continue reading

New Study says Neonicotinoids are Killing Bees and Poisoning the Earth.

By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News Neonicotinoid pesticides are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial species and are a key factor in the decline of bees, say scientists. Researchers, who have carried out a four-year review of the literature, say the evidence of damage is now … Continue reading

Young Humpback Whale Saved From Fishing Net

        This amazing whale rescue. Post by Best Stories. Follow @b4itstoolate Continue reading

There are fairies in this world….but not for long.

This is a real fairytale about the endangered Fairy Possum and it desperately needs your help. This fairy-like creature has lived in the tallest flowering trees on Earth, deep in Mountain Ash forests for over 20 million years. But in just the last 100 years, its world has literally come … Continue reading

Brazil’s logging sector is full of crooks – and the Amazon is paying the price

From Greenpeace.org Posted by Richardg – 7 May 2014 at 3:05pm The Brazilian government has made several attempts to take control of logging in the Amazon. But despite high-profile crackdowns, the trade in illegal timber is vast and growing. Pará state is the largest timber producer and exporter in the … Continue reading

The Animals of Chernobyl

From The New York Times Biologist Timothy Mousseau has been studying the lasting effects of radiation on the animals and plants of Chernobyl, Ukraine. His findings are concerning, though predictable.  Mousseau has discovered that the area is taking longer to recover than thought, which is having a devastating effect on … Continue reading

Unesco warns Australia over Great Barrier Reef

Unesco has threatened to list the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage in Danger site, amid controversy over a plan to dump dredged sediment. Reef authorities granted permission for the dumping in January as part of a project to create one of the world’s biggest coal ports. But scientists … Continue reading

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