PLANET IN PERIL(PinP) "Where science gets respect." Scientist Norman Kuring created this image of Earth's eastern hemisphere by combining data from six separate orbits made by a satellite in 2012. NASA / NOAA
Monday, 27 March 2017
Bad News for Bees. Really Bad.
Wild bees are going extinct, and yet the pesticide industry is lobbying hard to stop Canada banning one of the most widely used bee-killing pesticides in the world.
Beekeepers have warned us for years about entire bee colonies dying off and disappearing.
Now researchers are telling us more than 700 wild bee species in North America are headed toward extinction -- that's more than half of the bee species tested.
Canada has announced plans to ban imidacloprid, one of the most widely used bee-killing pesticides in the world, but the pesticide industry is lobbying hard to stop the ban being introduced.
With so many bee species headed to extinction we’re redoubling our efforts to convince Canada to ban this bee-killer without delay.
If we raise enough money we’ll buy full page “Save the Bees” ads in the Ottawa Hill Times -- the paper that politicians read -- to make sure they know why banning bee-killing pesticide is essential. Will you chip in CA$1 today?
To find 700 species of bees in decline is shocking. That's more than half the wild bee species for which we have enough data to test.
It was only this year when the U.S. added the first-ever bee species to the endangered list. And this new data means there could be dozens or even hundreds more species that are unprotected.
We know that when bees die, food crops go with them. Bees pollinate 71 of the world’s top 100 food crops. No bees means no avocados, no apples, no strawberries...
We've already collected more than 115,000 comments from people calling on Canada to implement their bee-killing pesticide ban without delay. But the pesticide industry is among the most powerful lobbies in the country.
That's why we need to turn up the heat.Will you chip in CA$1 to help save the bees and stop any unnecessary delay in Canada's pesticide ban?