Nature – GBRI
 

Most people’s reaction upon seeing a bug would be “Ewww…get rid of it!” But while they may not be the most welcome sight, insects are extremely crucial for the survival of life on our planet. In fact, without insects, all life on Earth would end within a span of 50 years! However, a new research […]

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The ever increasing human population and human induced climate change – these two factors are wreaking havoc on global ecosystems and are driving over 1,700 species to extinction, researchers have warned. Although most such warnings have been based on projections of economic growth, urban demand and climate change, U.S. researchers approached the challenge in a […]

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Without taking into consideration the health risks it would pose to humans and the environment, US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) granted ’emergency’ approval to spray sulfoxaflor—an insecticide the agency considers “very highly toxic” to bees—on an area of over 16 million acres in 2018. Of the 18 states where the approvals were granted for sorghum and […]

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Scientist Brad Lister returned to the Luquillo rainforest in Puerto Rico after 35 years and made a shocking discovery. He noticed that while on his last visit there was more than abundant insect population in the forest, this time around, their numbers had dramatically fallen. In fact, he found 98% of the ground insects had disappeared while […]

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The decline of bee populations across the world has been a major cause of worry for scientists as bees play an indispensable role in pollinating our crops. The main causes of dwindling bee populations are decreasing wild areas and rampant use of toxic pesticides. However, now a team of researchers has found a unique way […]

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In an instance of insecticide poisoning, at least one million bees have been killed in a wine-producing area of South Africa. Bee farmers believe that Fipronil, an insecticide used by wine farmers, is most likely to be the cause of the deaths. Brendan Ashley Cooper, the vice-chairman of Western Cape Bee Industry Association, Cape Town, […]

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A new research has found that an increasing percentage of male beetle population is turning infertile, thanks to rising global temperatures. This has caused a massive dip in their numbers which is quite alarming as insects are an integral part of our ecosystems as pollinators and prey. Researchers studied beetles because their 400,000 species represent […]

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Palau, a small island nation in the western Pacific, recently made headlines for becoming the first country in the world to ban sunscreens containing any one of the ten chemicals that could harm its beautiful coral reefs. These are the same chemicals targeted in Hawaii’s chemical sunscreen ban earlier this year. Palau, which is home to […]

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