Fish company investigated after salmon farm pollutes Scottish loch

Fish company investigated after salmon farm pollutes Scottish loch

Marine Harvest, one of the world’s largest fish-farming companies, is under investigation after its salmon farms polluted a Scottish loch with toxic pesticide residues hundreds of times above environmental limits. Sampling tests around salmon cages on Loch Shell in the Outer Hebrides by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) found that levels of Teflubenzuron, used […]

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Saviours or villains: controversy erupts as New Zealand plans to drop poison over Critically Endangered frog habitat

Saviours or villains: controversy erupts as New Zealand plans to drop poison over Critically Endangered frog habitat

New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) is facing a backlash over plans to aerially drop a controversial poison, known as 1080, over the habitat of two endangered, prehistoric, and truly bizarre frog species, Archey’s and Hochsetter’s frogs, on Mount Moehau. Used in New Zealand to kill populations of invasive mammals, such as rats and the […]

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Domesticated bees do not replace declining wild insects as agricultural pollinators

Domesticated bees do not replace declining wild insects as agricultural pollinators

Sprinkled with pollen, buzzing bees fly from one blossom to another, collecting sweet nectar from brilliantly colored flowers. Bees tend to symbolize the pollination process, but there are many wild insects that carry out the same function. Unfortunately, wild insect populations are in decline, and, according to a recent study, adding more honey bees may […]

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Neonicotinoid pesticides ‘damage brains of bees’

Neonicotinoid pesticides ‘damage brains of bees’

Commonly used pesticides are damaging honey bee brains, studies suggest. Scientists have found that two types of chemicals called neonicotinoids and coumaphos are interfering with the insect’s ability to learn and remember. Experiments revealed that exposure was also lowering brain activity, especially when the two pesticides were used in combination. The research is detailed in […]

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