Canada to phase out pesticides linked to bee deaths, sources say

Canada to phase out pesticides linked to bee deaths, sources say

The federal government will begin phasing out the outdoor use of nicotine-based pesticides beginning in 2021, part of an effort to stem the mysterious decline of honey bee colonies around the world. The Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Canada will announce Wednesday a three-year phaseout of two of the three main neonicotinoid pesticides currently approved for use in the country, sources close to the decision tell The Canadian Press.

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Ottawa to phase out pesticides linked to bee deaths

Ottawa to phase out pesticides linked to bee deaths

In what is being hailed as a victory for troubled bee populations, the federal government is moving to ban the outdoor use of pesticides that are widely applied to canola, corn and soybean crops in Canada, the Star has learned. Beekeepers and environmentalists have blamed the pesticides — called neonicotinoids — for contributing to honeybee die-offs in recent years.

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Do you suffer from climate guilt? A dose of philosophy can help

Do you suffer from climate guilt? A dose of philosophy can help

A philosopher's thoughts on how an individual can overcome the feeling of helplessness in the face of global climate change. People cannot engage in something they cannot see or feel. We need concrete reasons to care and act. In this way, climate change presents a threefold intangible challenge:

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Earth Has a Hidden Plastic Problem — Scientists Are Hunting It Down

Earth Has a Hidden Plastic Problem -- Scientists Are Hunting It Down

During a research cruise to the Sargasso Sea in fall 1971 marine biologist Ed Carpenter first noticed peculiar, white specks floating amidst the mats of brown sargassum seaweed. After some investigating he discovered they were tiny bits of plastic. He was stunned. If thousands of the broken down particles were showing up in in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, 550 miles from any mainland, he says, “I figured it’s all over the place.”

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Boost for plan to plant one billion trees

Boost for plan to plant one billion trees

An ambitious plan to plant one billion trees has got another $240 million from the Government – taking its cost close to half a billion dollars over the next three years. Forestry Minister Shane Jones said Cabinet had approved the creation of a new grants programme and partnership fund to get more trees in the ground and provide training and employment opportunities.

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It’s so hot in Switzerland that helicopters are airlifting water to thirsty cows

It’s so hot in Switzerland that helicopters are airlifting water to thirsty cows

Swiss army helicopters have started airlifting water to thousands of thirsty cows who are suffering in a drought and heatwave that has hit much of Europe. Large red plastic containers hung from the bottom of the Super Puma helicopters carried the water this week to farms in the Jura Mountains and Alpine foothills.

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