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Environment
9:32 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Back Away From Bill To Restrict Some Pesticides

FIle photo. A measure in Oregon would have banned the use of four types of pesticides.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 6:53 pm

This week, Oregon may join Washington in backing away from a proposal to protect bees by restricting certain pesticides.

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Buzz Kill
10:32 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Oregon Restricts Pesticides Responsible For Bee Die-Offs

Officials say they believe two pesticides – when sprayed on trees that have their own natural toxicity – become fatally toxic to bees and other pollinators.
Credit Xerces Society Photo/Rich Hatfield

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is restricting the use of two pesticide ingredients implicated in the deaths of more than 50,000 bumble bees earlier this year.

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Ocean Debris
6:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Bugs, Bill Nye And Flotsam

Flickr Photo/Efrafan Days

Sue Hubbell: Author, Beekeeper And Bug Lover

Sue Hubbell is the author of many books on entomology, including “A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them.” She wrote for The New Yorker, Smithsonian and Time. Steve Scher talked with Hubbell back in 1993 about the many reasons to appreciate bugs.

Bill Nye On Getting People Interested In Science

Bill Nye, forever dubbed The Science Guy, is an author, comedian, scientist and former television host. Though his Disney/PBS show, "Bill Nye The Science Guy," is long off air, his legacy as a science educator lives on. Many people can still remember this tune "Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill!" Dave Beck talked with Nye in 1993, the first year his television show aired.

Flotsam With Curtis Ebbesmeyer: The Secret Life Of Ocean Debris

Oceans are full of many mysterious things, some of which make their way to shore. Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer tracks the debris that makes its way around the world. Steve Scher talked with Ebbesmeyer back in 2003 about the many objects — plastic ducks, glass balls, tires — that show up on our beaches and what that tells us about our oceans.

Addressing Bee Die-Offs
9:44 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Washington State Pressed To Save Honey Bees By Restricting Pesticides

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:10 pm

For about seven years, many Western beekeepers have been plagued by unexplained die-offs in their hives. It happened recently to Mark Emrich.

"I was doing great until about five weeks ago," he says. "Then I came down and opened up the hives and I had five dead boxes of bees. That was a huge hit."

He lost one third of his production on his small farm near Olympia.

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Scientific Discoveries
2:04 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

If Caffeine Can Boost The Memory Of Bees, Can It Help Us, Too?

Adam Cole/NPR iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 3:13 pm

Who knew that the flower nectar of citrus plants — including some varieties of grapefruit, lemon and oranges — contains caffeine? As does the nectar of coffee plant flowers.

And when honeybees feed on caffeine-containing nectar, it turns out, the caffeine buzz seems to improve their memories — or their motivations for going back for more.

"It is surprising," says Geraldine Wright at Newcastle University in the the U.K., the lead researcher of a new honeybee study published in the journal Science.

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