Category Archives: ecology

“Frack is Whack”

 So energy companies are clamoring to drill. And they are getting rare support from their usual sparring partners. Environmentalists say using natural gas will help slow climate change because it burns more cleanly than coal and oil. Lawmakers hail … Continue reading

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Alarming decline in bumble bee populations

(Reuters) – Four previously abundant species of bumblebee are close to disappearing in the United States, researchers reported Monday in a study confirming that the agriculturally important bees are being affected worldwide. They documented a 96 percent decline in the … Continue reading

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Carbon trading tempts firms to make greenhouse gas

by Fred Pearce A handful of Chinese and Indian chemicals companies seemingly have the world over a barrel – or rather a large number of barrels of a super-greenhouse gas called HFC-23, which is 14,800 times more potent than carbon … Continue reading

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Leaked document shows EPA allowed bee-toxic pesticide despite own scientists’ red flags

by Tom Philpott It’s not just the State and Defense departments that are reeling this month from leaked documents. The Environmental Protection Agency now has some explaining to do, too. In place of dodgy dealings with foreign leaders, this case … Continue reading

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Sorry, New York Times: The Bee Die-Off Case is Not Closed

By Tom Laskawy …As I wrote last January, many scientists believe that a novel class of pesticides called neonicotinoids–which are insect neurotoxins-has played a major role in CCD [Colony Collapse Disorder] worldwide. An Italian entomologist at the University of Padua, … Continue reading

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The “other” carbon problem — ocean acidification by Dave Cohen

Humankind’s assault on the oceans continues apace. A short time ago, we considered the loss of 40% of the phytoplankton in the oceans since 1950. In my post How We Wrecked The Oceans, marine ecologist Jeremy Jackson explains why he … Continue reading

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