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Environment & Animal Life

Canada’s failure to ban pesticide called incomprehensible

The Canadian government issued restrictions on the use of nicotine-based pesticides called neonics on April 11, 2019, but environmental groups say they should instead be banned outright. These pesticides were banned for outdoor use by the European Union last year »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Beekeepers report massive winter losses

Concern for crop pollination It could be the worst year on record for beekeepers in much of Canada. The Ontario Beekeepers Association reports that among Ontario’s 3,000 beekeepers about 900 beekeepers responded to a survey showing seven in ten said »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Low levels of pesticides affect bees’ foraging

A new Canadian study found that low levels of pesticides can impact bumblebees’ foraging behaviour and that could impair the essential pollination services they provide to crops and wild plants. The study from the University of Guelph in Ontario was »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

At last, some good environmental news

With a never-ending stream of worrying news about species loss and a declining environment, there is a tiny bit of good news. The impressive peregrine falcon is making a healthy comeback from the brink of extirpation in the province of »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Sex beats poison when it comes to insect control

with files from Emily Chung, CBC With the sometimes bitter debate continues over widespread farm use of the insecticide family of neonicotinoids, another alternative is making inroads. There has been a battle between environmentalists, scientists and beekeepers on one hand, »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Pesticides and unusual die-off of bees

The provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs in Ontario is asking farmers to be extra careful when planting this spring. Virtually all corn seed is treated with neonicotinoid insecticide, which the ministry says could pose a threat to »