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EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Releases Innovative iBooks ...

EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Releases Innovative iBooks ... | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
DURHAM, NC – June 30, 2014 – The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation today announced the official release of E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth, a free iBooks textbook series designed to excite and instruct high school biology ...

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Having had the great pleasure of meeting with the godfather of biodiversity, Harvard Professor Ed O Wilson, and finding him as cogent in the flesh as his writing is great, it is wonderful news that these books will be made available free to the public.

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Festival of Day of the Dead begins with food - azcentral.com

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In pre-Hispanic times, according to Patricia Quintana in Mexico's Feasts of Life, candied pumpkin was originally sweetened with honey or the sap extracted from the maguey plant.
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Certaines espèces d'insectes du Québec sont de remarquables pollinisateurs de bleuetiers

Certaines espèces d'insectes du Québec sont de remarquables pollinisateurs de bleuetiers | Honey Bees | Scoop.it

Par Jean Hamann. Le Fil - Université Laval. « Un "buzz" local dans les bleuetières »


« L'abeille domestique est considérée comme la championne toute catégorie au chapitre de la pollinisation des plantes cultivées, notamment celle du bleuet. Toutefois, à la lumière d'une étude menée par une équipe du Centre de recherche en horticulture (CRH), il y a lieu de se demander si cette réputation n'est pas surfaite. En effet, plusieurs espèces indigènes affichent une redoutable efficacité quand vient le temps de conter fleurette au bleuetier, démontrent ces chercheurs dans un récent numéro du Journal of Economic Entomology. » 


[Image] « Contrairement à l'abeille domestique, le bourdon induit des vibrations dans la fleur du bleuet, ce qui favorise la libération du pollen. »



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The bumble bee, like our beloved Melipona bees, is a species that pollinates by "thoracic thrumming" a kind of vibration of the belly at a particularly frequency that induces a flower to let go of its pollen.  As such, there are a number of flowers and plants that can only be pollinated by this species or others that pollinate in the same way (here the article in French mentions blueberries).  Plants that co-evolved with Melipona and require this type of pollination and are unique to Melipona include tomatoes and vanilla orchids.  Which is why today these two species are pollinated almost exclusively by hand.  Wouldn't it make more sense for the people cultivating these crops to maintain a few healthy Melipona hives in the green house with them?


La abeja selvática, al igual que nuestras abejas Melipona amados, es una especie que poliniza por "zumbido torácica" una especie de vibración del vientre a una frecuencia particular que induce una flor a dejar ir de su polen. Como tal, hay un número de flores y plantas que sólo pueden ser polinizadas por esta especie u otras personas que polinizan de la misma manera (aquí el artículo en francés menciona arándanos). Las plantas que co-evolucionaron con Melipona y requieren este tipo de polinización y son exclusivos de Melipona son los tomates y las orquídeas de vainilla. Es por eso que hoy en día estas dos especies son polinizadas casi exclusivamente a mano. ¿No tendría más sentido para las personas que cultivan estos cultivos para mantener unas cuantas colmenas de Melipona saludables en la casa verde con ellos?

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Nestle’s Water-Bottling Activities Amid California Drought Underscore A Lack Of Policy Options

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Due to crippling drought in California, there’s been a crackdown on watering lawns and washing cars. Yet Nestle has continued its bottling operations, adding to the national debate over corporate right and common good.

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Regardless of one's position on the aspects of this particular debate, the economic discussion around "the commons" or public goods has to be one of the biggest and most important ones facing humanity today.

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Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics

Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics | Honey Bees | Scoop.it

In a study published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Uppsala University present the first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees. The findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and indicate that the species most probably originates from Asia, and not from Africa as previously thought.


The honeybee (Apis mellifera) is of crucial importance for humanity. One third of our food is dependent on the pollination of fruits, nuts and vegetables by bees and other insects. Extensive losses of honeybee colonies in recent years are a major cause for concern. Honeybees face threats from disease, climate change, and management practices. To combat these threats it is important to understand the evolutionary history of honeybees and how they are adapted to different environments across the world.


"We have used state-of-the-art high-throughput genomics to address these questions, and have identified high levels of genetic diversity in honeybees. In contrast to other domestic species, management of honeybees seems to have increased levels of genetic variation by mixing bees from different parts of the world. The findings may also indicate that high levels of inbreeding are not a major cause of global colony losses", says Matthew Webster, researcher at the department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University.


Another unexpected result was that honeybees seem to be derived from an ancient lineage of cavity-nesting bees that arrived from Asia around 300,000 years ago and rapidly spread across Europe and Africa. This stands in contrast to previous research that suggests that honeybees originate from Africa.


Reference: A worldwide survey of genome sequence variation provides insight into the evolutionary history of the honeybee Apis mellifera, Nature Genetics, 2014. dx.doi.org/10.1038/ng.3077


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Health Benefits of Honey | Organic Facts

Health Benefits of Honey | Organic Facts | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Honey has been used by mankind since the past 2,500 years.
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RISE Nutrition - All About Honey Bees and Honey Bee Products

Collin Chi, C.N.C., referencing over 43 clinical studies, discusses well-researched possibilities of MEDICINAL BENEFIT, as well as the PHYTOCHEMICAL PROPERTI...
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Scientists vindicate 'Limits to Growth' – urge investment in 'circular economy'

Scientists vindicate 'Limits to Growth' – urge investment in 'circular economy' | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: Early warning of civilisational collapse by early to mid 21st century startlingly prescient - but opportunity for transition open

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, June 5, 11:01 PM

Good review of the latest study by Prof. Ugo Bardi for the Club of Rome on how climate change and resource constraints will force us to rethink our way of life.

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 31, 7:00 PM

Zero Footprint means not just lowering our environmental impact, but eliminating it, and eliminating waste by recycling 100% of the resources we use, powered by 100% renewable energy.

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Ressources florales : les abeilles ont leur préférence !

Ressources florales : les abeilles ont leur préférence ! | Honey Bees | Scoop.it

INRA - abeilles et ressources florales. « Les abeilles utilisent les ressources fleuries de manière différente en fonction de leur groupe d’appartenance : abeilles domestiques, abeilles sauvages ou bourdons. » 


« C’est ce qu’ont découvert les chercheurs de l’unité Abeilles et Environnement du centre Inra PACA, en collaboration avec l’Itsap Institut de l’abeille. L’étude a fait l’objet d’une publication dans la revue scientifique Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment et d’une note de la Direction Générale de l’Environnement de la Commission Européenne en début d’année. »


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Des comportements de butinage différents


« Les résultats montrent que les abeilles domestiques butinent préférentiellement les cultures fleuries tandis que les abeilles sauvages préfèrent les fleurs natives des habitats semi-naturels plus diversifiés au niveau de la nourriture. Pourquoi une telle répartition ? »


« Les abeilles domestiques vivent en colonies constituées de milliers d’individus qu’il faut nourrir. Les cultures oléagineuses, qui procurent sur une courte période un grand nombre de fleurs sont donc des mets de premier choix. Une autre explication possible, qu’il ne faut pas dissocier de la première, est la sélection au fil du temps par les apiculteurs des colonies les plus productives, et donc les plus efficaces dans le butinage. Quant aux abeilles sauvages, certaines butinent de manière spécialisée un seul type de plante sauvage. Elles sont généralement solitaires, et ne stockent pas de réserves de nectar comme le font les abeilles domestiques. C’est par exemple le cas de l’abeille Andrena florea qui dépend du pollen de la Bryone. »


« Les bourdons, eux, présentent une stratégie alimentaire au carrefour de celle des abeilles sauvages et domestiques. Ils utilisent aussi bien les cultures fleuries que les milieux naturels pour constituer des réserves pour leur colonie. »


« Alors que l’on observe depuis plusieurs années un déclin des abeilles dû en partie à l’intensification de l’agriculture, l’étude suggère que la combinaison des cultures fleuries et des habitats semi-naturels dans les programmes agro-environnementaux serait bénéfique aux trois groupes d’abeilles étudiés. » 





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Muy interesante, pero en Frances: 


NRA - abejas y recursos florales. "Las abejas utilizan recursos florales diferente dependiendo de su pertenencia a un grupo: abejas, abejas o abejorros silvestres. "

"Esto es lo que los investigadores encontraron que las abejas de la unidad Centro de Medio Ambiente INRA PACA, en colaboración con el Instituto Itsap Bee. El estudio ha sido publicado en la revista Agricultura, Ecosistemas y Medio Ambiente y una nota de la Dirección General de Medio Ambiente de la Comisión Europea a principios de este año. "

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Climate change to halve habitat for over 10,000 common species

Climate change to halve habitat for over 10,000 common species | Honey Bees | Scoop.it

July 26, 2013 Climate Progress
-▶ MANY SPECIES WILL HAVE TO EVOLVE 10,000 TIMES FASTER TO ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/26/2294101/many-species-will-have-to-evolve-10000-times-faster-to-adapt-to-climate-change-study-finds/?mobile=nc

 

The Earth Times, July 18, 2014
-▶ DIVERSE WORLDS OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS DISAPPEARING http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/diverse-worlds-disappearing/2644/

 

MSN NEWS, April 13, 2013
-▶ KEYSTONE SPECIES' LOSS COULD CAUSE ECOSYSTEM TO COLLAPSE http://news.msn.com/science-technology/keystone-species-loss-could-cause-ecosystem-to-collapse

 

 August 14, 2012 Science Daily
-▶ STUDY DEMONSTRATES THAT ONE EXTINCTION LEADS TO ANOTHER  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120814213500.htm?+Animals+News+--+Nature%29

 

▶  WORLD LOSING BIODIVERSITY THOUSAND TIME FASTER THAN NATURAL EXTINCTION: UN http://www.sify.com/news/world-losing-biodiversity-at-unprecedented-rate-un-news-national-lbhpEhbfcaf.html

 

 

July 2, 2014 Common Dreams
-▶ 'EXTINCTION CRISIS' 21,000 OF WORLD'S SPECIES AT RISK OF DISAPPEARING https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/07/02-9

 

-▶ BIODIVERSITY IS VITAL TO MAINTAINING ECOSYSTEM AND HUMAN HEALTH http://sco.lt/4u4JhR

 

                                                   --- WATCH --

                                              Dr. Vandana Shiva

WHY DOES LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY MATTER? THREAT TO ECONOMY, POLITICAL SECURITY, ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE ON EARTH

                                            http://sco.lt/5Y5qYT

 

-▶  UNPRECEDENTED STUDY: BIOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY LOSS PAINTS DIRE PICTURE FOR FUTURE OF HUMAN SPECIES http://sco.lt/4m6nZJ

 

May 13, 2013 Mongabay

Even as concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history last week, a new study in Nature Climate Change warns that thousands of the world's common species will suffer grave habitat loss under climate change... http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0513-hance-climate-habitat.html

 

International Business Times, February 25, 2014
-▶ RISING SEA LEVELS TO SWALLOW LOW-LYING ISLANDS WITH RARE ANIMAL SPECIES http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/540429/20140225/climate-change-global-warming-island-sanctuaries-new.htm

 

Global Issues
-▶ LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY AND EXTINCTIONS http://www.globalissues.org/article/171/loss-of-biodiversity-and-extinctions

 

-▶ HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS ESSENTIAL FOR PLANET'S SURVIVAL  http://sco.lt/5LXPEH

 

-▶ CLIMATE CHANGE COULD ENDANGER MORE ANIMALS THAN WE THOUGHT http://sco.lt/5CEe1Z

 

 

 -▶ THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US.  CAN HUMANS SURVIVE? http://sco.lt/6lPJeT

 

 

  -▶ MASS EXTINCTION FORECAST WITH 6C TEMPERATURE RISE - RAPID WARMING LEAVES FEW CHOICES  http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/2013/01/mass-extinction-forecast-with-6c-temperature-rise/

 

 -▶ A CULTURE SEPARATED FROM NATURE CANNOT SURVIVE:  BANKRUPTING NATURE http://sco.lt/8EqAwD

 

 

  -▶ PLANET PASSES DAILY 400 PPM CO2 MILESTONE - MARCH TOWARD DISASTER  http://sco.lt/8pMIe9

 

-▶ ARCTIC OCEAN 'ACIDIFYING RAPIDLY' = HIGHEST LEVELS IN 55 MILLION YEARS  http://sco.lt/6qm61h

 

-▶ FOOD FORESTS CAN MITIGATE RISKS OF 'FEAST OR FAMINE' - BIG CORPORATE AG IS NOT THE ANSWER http://sco.lt/8q2M41

 

 

May 28, 2013 Treehugger
-▶ PLANTS BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE AFTER 400_ YEARS UNDER MELTING GLACIER http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/plants-brought-back-life-after-400-years-under-glacier.html

 

July 4, 2013 Guardian Environment
-▶ RE-WILDING OFFERS HOPE FOR SURVIVAL OF AUSTRALIAN HAIRY-NOSED WOMBATS http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/05/wombats-endangered-species-hope

 

-▶ WEB-OF-LIFE UNRAVELLING - HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS VITAL FOR ALL PLANETARY LIFE http://sco.lt/7Obz0L

 

                                                          WATCH:

                                     FROGS: THE THIN GREEN LINE

                                        A World Without Amphibians 

                                               http://sco.lt/6pPisL

 

-▶ WHY CHOOSING NATURE WILL ONLY ADVANCE HUMAN SOCIETIES http://sco.lt/8FyZST

 

-▶ CLIMATE CHANGE COULD ENDANGER MORE ANIMALS THAN WE THOUGHT http://sco.lt/5CEe1Z

 

-▶ STATE OF THE WORLD'S BIRDS REPORT:  INDICATES A PLANET IN PERIL http://sco.lt/4jydYv

 

-▶ DEFORESTATION IS DESERTIFICATION -- A DEADLY GAME FOR ALL LIFE http://sco.lt/72G2nh

 

                                                          VIDEO

                                       "ECOLOGY FROM THE AIR" --

                           SEEING THE FORESTS FOR THE TREES

                                             http://sco.lt/8OErrN

 

 

-▶ THE LOSS OF OCEAN SPECIES IS STAGGERING http://sco.lt/903vvt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Stephanie Rudisill's comment, April 10, 2:49 PM
Climate Change to halve Habitat for over 10000 common species/ Jeremy Hance/ 5.13.13/ news.mongabay.com/ Because of climate change habitats will be lost. Plants reptiles and amphibians most vulnerable. Amazon , Central America, Sub Saharan Africa and Australia will be hit the hardest. Losing certain species of plants and animals will change the good chains and kill off other species of animals, creating risk of destroying animals at risk of extinction already./ This article should include additional species at risk./ This is important to science because this could change ecosystems worldwide./ no opinions expressed
Celest Ybarra's comment, April 10, 6:09 PM
(Title) Climate Change To Halve Habitat For Over 10,000 Common Species (Author) Jeremy Hance (Date) 5/13/13 (Main Idea) Thousands of the world's common species suffer habitat loss due to climate change (Summary) (1The increase in global climate affects more common species (2) If temps continue to rise 34% of animals and 57% of plant life will lose their natural habitats by 2080 (3) The catastrophic damage that can come from it will affect humans as well because everything in an ecosystem depends on one another to live/survive, and if the species die off then it can affect our water, air purification, etc. (Is there an opinion or point of view?) Yes, because the article was based off of predictions of the future and was stating that if global temperatures kept on rising than the outcome would be disastrous (Questions?) Why do scientists/researchers think that the Amazon, Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Australia will be hit the hardest from the climate change? (Is this article important to science?) Yes, because it informs us how drastically the world could change in the future. (Sources) http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0513-hance-climate-habitat.html
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                             AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD

                                       The Natural Eye Project

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/an-urgent-memo-to-the-world/

 

                                                   WATCH

                                                   "HOME"

                                       Yann Arthus-Bertrand

                An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

                             Solutions For A Sustainable Planet

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/home-an-exquisite-story-of-our-world/

 

 

                @pdjmoo CURATING THE FOLLOWING SCOOPIT's

 

▶  CLIMATE CHANGE http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet

▶  BIODIVERSITY http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life

▶  OUR OCEANS http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us

▶   OUR FOOD http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides

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Strathcona Beekeepers: The Stingless Honey Bee of the Maya

Strathcona Beekeepers: The Stingless Honey Bee of the Maya | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
The future of the Mayan stingless bee is bleak due to deforestation and the introduction of the Africanized honey bee which produces a far greater yield of honey. A significant problem is that the Africanized honey bee does not ...
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The Melipona bee plays a critical role in the balance of nature

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EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Releases Innovative iBooks ...

EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Releases Innovative iBooks ... | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
DURHAM, NC – June 30, 2014 – The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation today announced the official release of E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth, a free iBooks textbook series designed to excite and instruct high school biology ...

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Having had the great pleasure of meeting with the godfather of biodiversity, Harvard Professor Ed O Wilson, and finding him as cogent in the flesh as his writing is great, it is wonderful news that these books will be made available free to the public.

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Syngenta - Silencing the Scientist: Altrazine and Deadly Bee Neonicotinoids Poisoning Ecosystems and Your Health

Syngenta - Silencing the Scientist:   Altrazine and Deadly Bee Neonicotinoids Poisoning Ecosystems and Your Health | Honey Bees | Scoop.it

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Drug-resistant bacteria: Sewage-treatment plants described as giant 'mixing vessels' after scientists discover mutated microbes in British river

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Superbugs resistant to some of the most powerful antibiotics in the medical arsenal have been found for the first time in a British river – with scientists pinpointing a local sewage-treatment plant as the most likely source.

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I was asked by one of the people who follow this page why we post so much general environmental stuff when this page is about Melipona bees…here is my answer.  Melipona bees and other pollinators are like the proverbial "canary in a coal mine" and their health and well-being is one of the most visible consequences of the diabolical approach we have to our environment, our food system, etc.  To save our bees, and other species in a similar situation, we have put 500 hectares of land out of use for pesticides, development, etc…we are creating a "biosphere" for pollinators, and have been planting and re-seeding indigenous species.  But 500 hectares is nothing…we must all do the same, whether it is just a windowsill or balcony in a city apartment, or your back yard…we all need to create oases for the pollinators, and we all need to educate ourselves and the people around us about the consequences of the destructive policies and practices we take as a society and as individuals…until all of this becomes common knowledge, until we can rely on one another to be good stewards of the natural world, we have a major crisis on our hands.


Me preguntaron por una de las personas que siguen esta página por eso publicamos tanto material ambiental general Cuando esta página es acerca de las abejas Melipona ... aquí está mi respuesta. Abejas Melipona y otros polinizadores son como el proverbial canario "en una mina de carbón" y su salud y bienestar es una de las consecuencias más importantes del enfoque diabólica visible que tenemos con nuestro medio ambiente, nuestro sistema alimentario, etc. Para guardar nuestras abejas y otras especies en una situación similar, hemos puesto 500 hectáreas de tierras de uso de pesticidas, el desarrollo, etc ... estamos creando una "biosfera" para los polinizadores, y no se han vuelto a la siembra y la plantación de especies autóctonas . Pero nada es de 500 hectáreas ... es necesario que todos hagamos lo mismo, si se trata simplemente de una ventana o un balcón en un apartamento de la ciudad, o en su patio trasero ... todos tenemos que crear oasis para los polinizadores, y todos tenemos que educarnos y educar a la personas que nos rodean sobre las consecuencias importantes de las políticas y las prácticas destructivas que tomamos como sociedad y como individuos ... hasta que todo esto se convierte en conocimiento común, hasta que podamos depender unos de otros a ser buenos administradores de la naturaleza, tenemos una crisis importante en nuestras manos.

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Maya Facts on Twitter: "Kab means both ‘bee’ AND 'honey’ in Maya. Art from the Melitz’aak women’s cooperative in Carrillo.#Maya #Bee #Honey http://t.co/1pw5QbA5jP"

Maya Facts on Twitter: "Kab means both ‘bee’ AND 'honey’ in Maya. Art from the Melitz’aak women’s cooperative in Carrillo.#Maya #Bee #Honey http://t.co/1pw5QbA5jP" | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Kab means both ‘bee’ AND 'honey’ in Maya. Art from the Melitz’aak women’s cooperative in Carrillo.#Maya #Bee #Honey http://t.co/1pw5QbA5jP
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Disparition des insectes : une catastrophe silencieuse

Disparition des insectes : une catastrophe silencieuse | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Pour François Ramade, professeur émérite d'écologie à l'université de Paris-Sud, les insecticides modernes, notamment les néonicotinoïdes, sont responsables d'une véritable "catastrophe écologique". Et, selon lui, "la réponse des pouvoirs publics des pays développés et des institution...

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Half the Earth

Half the Earth | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Apart from the painful inequity of one species offering to give half the world to all the millions of others, I have to question that half will even be enough.  E. O. Wilson is supporting the idea that the current mass extinction can be stopped by reserving half the Earth for wildlife.

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, August 25, 7:31 AM

A beautiful idea, but how on earth could it be done?  And which half?

Julia Connor's curator insight, September 15, 11:48 AM

This is such a beautiful picture to use for such an important issue.

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Study Finds Honey Bees Originated from Asia, not Africa - Entomology Today

Study Finds Honey Bees Originated from Asia, not Africa - Entomology Today | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
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Study Finds Honey Bees Originated from Asia, not Africa
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In a study published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Uppsala University present the first global analysis of genome variation in honey bees.
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A taste of honey and the words to describe it

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Describe honey. It’s not as simple as you may think. (A taste of honey and the words to describe it http://t.co/mLXfIXPz1u)
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Tried and tested beauty, health benefits of Honey - The News Reports

Tried and tested beauty, health benefits of Honey - The News Reports | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
The News Reports Tried and tested beauty, health benefits of Honey The News Reports Honey is used in a lot of ways in diet – on a toast; as a topping on a yogurt; even as a natural sweetener in tea, but the sweet nectar is also used in...
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Une victoire pour les défenseurs des alternatives aux pesticides de Dordogne et d'ailleurs

Une victoire pour les défenseurs des alternatives aux pesticides de Dordogne et d'ailleurs | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
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"La voie pour une véritable alternative aux pesticides nocifs pour la santé et l'environnement s'entrouvre", affirme Jean-François Lyphout dans un communiqué.

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Les abeilles, contrôleuses aériennes de la pollution

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D’un côté des avions bien bruyants et de l’autres des abeilles bien discrètes. Mais en dépit de leur discrétion, ces abeilles se trouvent sur cet aéroport de Hambourg pour contrôler la qualité de l’environnement… Elles sont en quelque sorte missionnées par le constructeur aéronautique Airbus visiblement en quête de respectabilité environnementale.

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A fascinating added talent of bees

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Greenbees - Les abeilles


Greenbees : les abeilles manifestent pour sauver l’Homme


La nécessité de protéger les abeilles n’a jamais été aussi criante qu’aujourd’hui. Pour sa dernière campagne, Greenpeace fait manifester les insectes pour sauver les humains.


« Sauvons les abeilles, sauvons les hommes », lance l’association dans une vidéo qui rappelle l’importance et l’urgence de la situation.


« Depuis la fin des années 90, les apiculteurs du monde entier constatent un recul inhabituel du nombre de colonies», affirme Greenpeace. Dans leur collimateur : les pesticides utilisés en grandes quantités dans l’environnement, essentiellement dans les régions agricoles.

Dans son rapport « Les abeilles ont le bourdon », Greenpeace a testé plusieurs échantillons de pollen transporté par les abeilles à la ruche et affirme que tous les échantillons testés contenaient au moins un pesticide (insecticides, fongicides, acaricides ou herbicides).


La mortalité des abeilles en souffre, puisque, toujours selon l’organisation, l’Europe aurait perdu 25 % de ses abeilles «domestiques» depuis 1985 et les USA 40 % depuis 2006.


Sachant qu’un tiers de la production de nourriture dépend directement des précieux insectes pollinisateurs, on comprend mieux le besoin de les préserver. Et le monde industriel a tout intérêt à éviter le coûteux recours à l’homme-abeille pour polliniser à la main.


Par T. B. — lavenir.net


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Greenpeace lanza una campaña para "Salvar las abejas para salvar a la humanidad" ...


Greenpeace launches a campaign to "Save the Bees to Save Mankind"…


Greenpeace lance une campagne pour "Sauvez les abeilles pour sauver l'humanité" ...

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Stingless bees: Waiting for their moment in the sun | Mother Nature Network

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With stingers that are harmless to humans, stingless bees could be the pollinators that save the day.

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Don't we know it!

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Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves

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Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: We now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in people’s expectations of what the...

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Compelling argument for respect for the natural environment.

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The essence of Aldo Leopold's "Land Ethic" is that human acceptance of the equality of other creatures is essential for the survival of all.

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Ancient grassland species take a century to return

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Old chalk grasslands that have been disturbed by farming can take more than a hundred years to recover their full diversity of plants, new research shows.

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Questo e muy interesante para nosotros, donde estamos intentando de crear (o dejar crear la natura) un santuario natural para las abejas y otra flora y fauna.  ¿Alguien sabe donde podemos conseguir una lista de plantas indígenas del Yucatan para poder ver cosa plantar para ayudar la tierra re-encontrar su forma "original"?

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