Biodiversity

Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species

"Frog, Toad and Salamander Populations Plummeting, U.S. Survey Finds"

"Frogs, toads and salamanders continue to vanish from the American landscape at an alarming pace, with seven species — including Colorado’s boreal toad and Nevada’s yellow-legged frog — facing 50 percent drops in their numbers within seven years if the current rate of decline continues, according to new government research."

Source: Wash Post, 05/23/2013

Supreme Court rules for Monsanto in Farmer's GM Soybean Seed Case

"Farmers must pay Monsanto each time they plant the company’s genetically modified soybeans, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting an Indiana farmer’s argument that his un­or­tho­dox techniques did not violate the company’s patent."

Source: Wash Post, 05/14/2013

"Anglers Follow the Bugs to the Trout"

"WARM SPRINGS, Ore. — The sky was not exactly dark in a blotting-out-the-sun sense, but the salmon flies were certainly thick above central Oregon’s Lower Deschutes River. Thousands of female specimens circled 30 feet above the water’s surface, preparing to descend and drop their eggs. Occasionally, a bug would spiral slowly down to the river, flutter awkwardly on the surface, then disappear in a sudden splash."

Source: NY Times, 05/13/2013

"US Approves New Pesticides Linked To Mass Bee Deaths As EU Enacts Ban"

"In the wake of a massive US Department of Agriculture report highlighting the continuing large-scale death of honeybees, environmental groups are left wondering why the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to approve a 'highly toxic' new pesticide."

Source: RT, 05/13/2013

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