Monday, 23 January 2017

bees, biodiversity and pollination v pesticides

 Research published now proves what awake people with functional eyesight have known for decades:

Profit-making pesticides kill wildlife indiscriminately.
bees, pollinators, pesticides


A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops -- such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits -- to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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  1. #conservation Environmentalist and Angel Capitalist Tey Por Yee Supports Shark Conservation in Thailand conservation news #wildlife


    According to Shark Guardian, sharks are disappearing from our oceans at an alarming rate, with some records indicating that 90% of some of the larger species are already gone.

    The people of Khao Lak and surrounds are heavily dependent on dive-based tourism and fishing. The rapid decline in coral reef health is threatening their way of life.

    Marine-based research and education are essential for the future of this area, to ensure that the spectacular coral reefs of Thailand stay healthy.

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  2. Rachel Carson..

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  3. #idollartry - the new faith

    Agreed. Silent Spring is still required reading for a thorough education.

    Trump et al appear to prefer idollartry ...

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  4. #biodiversity Life on Earth exploded, but meteorites didn't start the party


    Some 470 million years ago, a wealth of meteorites started falling to Earth, filling the sky with shooting stars.

    Around the same time, life on Earth erupted into an astonishing diversity of new critters, during the impressively titled Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE).

    Some scientists connected these two instances, proposing that as space rocks plunged into the ocean, they somehow ignited an evolutionary eruption in Earth’s seas.

    Sea creatures flourished during this period. Predatory nautiloids with grasping tentacles, spined and armored mollusks, trilobites, corals, plankton, and grapolites—colonies of creatures who shared the same skeleton, like walls of an apartment building—dominated the seas.

    Today, their fossils are found in rock layers around the world.

    But in another layer—an ancient seafloor packed with meteorites—Lindskog and his team found convincing evidence that the space rocks started falling long after life began to flourish on Earth, around 470 million years ago.

    The clues came in the form of tiny crystals, and they found thousands of them. Zircon crystals are incredibly useful because “they basically act like clocks,” says Lindskog. The ratio of elements in the crystals change in precise ways over time, which allowed the team to figure out, to a pretty precise degree, when the crystals formed.

    The crystals don’t lie. They were born around 468 million years ago, confirming that the meteorites fell to Earth during this period.

    The rocks splashed into the sea and settled down for a long rest next to these crystals, which were just forming in seafloor sediment, two million years after the great explosion of life.


    read more:
    http://www.popsci.com/life-on-earth-exploded-meteorite-biodiversity

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  5. Radio devices to save rare species from poachers. #biodiversity conservation

    The University of Kent is now working in association with the South African National Biodiversity Institute, where this technology has now been proposed as part of conservation planning.

    The illegal wildlife trade is fourth only to narcotics, human trafficking and counterfeiting, with an estimated value around $20 billion per year and the United Nations recognising environmental crime as requiring greater response by governments.

    The project was led by Professor John Batchelor, Professor of Antenna Technology in the School of Electronics and Digital Arts, and Dr David Roberts, Reader in Biodiversity Conservation in the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology in the School of Anthropology and Conservation.

    https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uok-rdt013017.php

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  6. biodiversity and applied physics collaboration! I like it.

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  7. #biodiversity #Trump's wall puts #wildlife at risk (and civilisation)




    Since 2006, 1,100 kilometers of barriers covering more than 30 per cent of the border between the countries have been built. The newest executive order commands the “immediate construction of a physical wall”, stating that ‘wall’ means “a physical barrier, continuous and impassable”.




    “It will be a big problem for wildlife”, says Jesse Lasky, researcher at Pennsylvania State University in the United States and author of a 2011 study warning that more than 50 species were endangered because of the existing separation. The study also warned that this number would increase if the barriers expanded — they are currently irregular, in various sizes and shapes.


    The cougar, the Mexican wolf, the black bear and the porcupine are some of the endangered species along the border. But it isn't stopping people!



    Rurik List, ecologist of the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico, who has studied the border since 1993, confirmed to SciDev.Net that an impenetrable wall will have severe additional consequences by restricting the movement of animals trying to adapt to climate change. Lasky expressed the same concern, citing changes in the hydrological patterns of the area.

    “We have seen how bisons break the barbed wire when crossing the border, allowing smaller animals to pass. Now [with a built wall], this won’t be possible anymore”, concludes List.

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