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After damning research, France proposes banning pesticide linked to bee collapse


Thursday, 14 June 2012 14:52

Following research linking neonicotinoid pesticides to the decline in bee populations, France has announced it plans to ban Cruiser OSR, an insecticide produced by Sygenta. Recent studies, including one in France, have shown that neonicotinoid pesticides likely hurt bees' ability to navigate, potentially devastating hives. France has said it will give Sygenta two weeks to prove the pesticide is not linked to the bee decline, known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

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Puma contributions to the condor and scavenger community in Patagonia


Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:33

In Patagonia, pumas (Puma concolor) are "generous" enough to leave kills and otherwise influence the populations of condors and many scavenger species. Compared to the grey wolf's influence in North America, the puma seems more significant to its food web, according to a new research paper from Mr Lawrence Elbroch, University of California, Davis and Heiko U. Wittmer of the University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Photo credit: Matthieu Huguet. www.sxc.hu

Sustainable development goals should heed the Millennium Development Goals


Thursday, 14 June 2012 11:31

Those debating the substance of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should learn lessons from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and focus on challenges relevant to all countries, not just low income countries, says Jeffrey D. Sachs, former UN special advisor on the MDGs.

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Rio+20 solutions too Northern, say South Asian analysts


Tuesday, 12 June 2012 08:50

An absence of strong scientific and policy research in developing countries has stifled their ability to contribute to Rio+20 debates, according to some South Asian development policy analysts. Countries do not have the body of work behind them to help them articulate and support their points of view, analysts say.

Photo credit: Aline Dassel. www.sxc.hu