Death by 1,000 cuts: Are major insect losses imperiling life on Earth?

Death by 1,000 cuts: Are major insect losses imperiling life on Earth?

Chances are, the works of the world’s insects touch your lips every day. The coffee or tea you savor, both are insect pollinated. Apples, oranges, cabbages, cashews, cherries, carrots, broccoli, watermelon, garlic, cinnamon, basil, sunflower seeds, almonds, canola oil — all are insect pollinated. Honey, dyes, even some vaccines require insects to come to fruition. […]

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Petition: DDT-like “rat poison” killing wildlife

Petition: Take Action to Ban DDT-like “Rat Poisons” Killing Wildlife

There is an urgent need to protect California’s wildlife. More and more wild animals are being found contaminated by first and second generation anticoagulant rodenticides. Like the Covid-19 statistics, we are seeing increased numbers of contaminated wildlife because more tests are being performed. However, also like the pandemic, we don’t truly know the extent of exposure […]

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At-risk Cerrado mammals need fully-protected parks to survive: Researchers

At-risk Cerrado mammals need fully-protected parks to survive: Researchers

Each April for six consecutive years, Guilherme Braga Ferreira and three other researchers set out on a half-year journey, methodically installing remote camera traps across 386 square miles of the Brazilian Cerrado savanna. Their goal: to photograph maned wolves, giant anteaters, pumas, tapirs and other Neotropical mammals, residents of the world’s most biodiverse grasslands. The […]

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Petition: Report Shows Pesticides are the Leading Cause of Steep Decline in US Bird Species

Petition: Report Shows Pesticides are the Leading Cause of Steep Decline in US Bird Species

A new report has found that the United States bird populations continue to decline, and pesticides are part of the reason. The study shows that neonicotinoid insecticides are linked to reductions in bird diversity, specifically between 2008 and 2014.  Source: Link TV/Youtube The use of neonicotinoid insecticides is linked to a reduction of grassland […]

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These Birds Protect Black Rhinos From Poachers (but Also Drink Their Blood)

Red-billed Oxpeckers Protect Black Rhinos From Poachers (but Also Drink Their Blood)

There’s long been a debate over whether Red-billed Oxpeckers earn their keep. As their name suggests, these common birds of Africa’s open lands like to hang around with domestic cattle and many large, wild mammal species. They eat ticks and other pesky parasites clinging to their hosts. Less helpfully, they also sometimes peck at wounds […]

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