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Extreme tornado outbreaks are getting worse, but why?

SCIENCE: The number of tornadoes pounding the United States during the most extreme outbreaks has roughly doubled over the past 50 years, a new analysis shows. But the study also yields a big surprise: The increased severity of such tornado outbreaks, at least at first glance, doesn’t seem to be related to climate change. STORY HERE.

Health Canada Will Take Dangerous Bee-Killing Pesticide Off The Market

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Friends of the Earth Health Canada’s PMRA has announced imidacloprid, one of the oldest and most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides,  is being taken off the market .  A Manitoba honeybee colony.  PinP  photo.   It’s been found in just about every water body and it’s considered harmful to aquatic species and to creatures such as birds dependent on the aquatic species. Unfortunately, the PMRA is proposing a long 3-year phase-out. With your help, we want to accelerate this phase-out. PinP: Oddly enough,  Health Canada did not even consider risks to pollinators in this re-evaluation. That will happen in a separate "risk assessment."    Health Canada Release The environmental assessment showed that, in aquatic environments in Canada, imidacloprid is being measured at levels that are harmful to aquatic insects. These insects are an important part of the ecosystem, including as a food source for fish, birds and other animals. Based on currently available info