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EU to ban fipronil to protect honeybees

EU to ban fipronil to protect honeybees | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
Farmers will not be allowed to spray widely used insecticide blamed for declining bee population A widely used insect nerve agent will be banned from use on corn and sunflowers in Europe from the end of 2013 as part of an effort to protect bees,...
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If you have been following any agricultural news in recent years - you may have seen titles such as Honey Bees's Disapearing or Bee Population Collapse. After several researchers linked the declining Bee population to fipronil insecticide useage- the EU has finally implemented a ban. Hopefully similar actions will follow elsewhere worldwide and Bee populations can begin to recover.  Bees are an essential natural component to most agricultural systems and fipronil usuage and its impact and endangering of ecosystem it was supposed to help preserve needs to become a lesson we take to heart.

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Insects Find Crack In Biotech Corn's Armor : NPR

Insects Find Crack In Biotech Corn's Armor : NPR | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Scientists report that a genetically engineered corn crop has failed to kill the corn rootworm — the pest it was designed to stop. This may be the most serious threat to a genetically modified crops in the U.S. Clik on the image ot title to learn more.

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World beneath the ocean's surface remains largely unknown, say scientists

World beneath the ocean's surface remains largely unknown, say scientists | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

The vast world that exists beneath the surface of the ocean remains largely unknown to humankind, say experts working on an international database of marine species. Of an estimated one million species that make their home in the depths of the sea, as many as two-thirds of them are still a mystery, says a study published this week. Click on the image or title to learn more.

 

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Lemurs sliding towards extinction

Lemurs sliding towards extinction | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

A new assessment of Madagascar's lemurs shows they are far more threatened than previously thought. A group of specialists is in Madagascar - the only place where lemurs are found in the wild - to systematically assess the animals and decide where they sit on the Red List of Threatened Species. More than 90% of the 103 species should be on the Red List, they say. Since a coup in 2009, conservation groups have repeatedly found evidence of illegal logging, and hunting of lemurs has emerged as a new threat. Click on image or title to learn more...

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