Last June, a national partnership that tracks
honey bee population declines released the
results of its annual survey. Between April 2019 and April
2020, beekeepers reported losing nearly 44 percent of their colonies, the
second highest rate since the first survey in 2010.
For people paying attention to the many studies that
have been piling up over the last decade documenting the devastating effects of
neonicotinoids on the powerful pollinators, the news was far from surprising.
Neonicotinoids—or neonics—are now the most widely used insecticides in the
world, and nearly all conventional corn and soy farmers in the U.S. plant seeds
coated with the chemicals. As the evidence that neonics kill pollinators by attacking
their nerve cells has grown stronger (with industry-funded
studies also confirming harm), multiple
publications have warned of
an “insect apocalypse.”
Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem yesterday issued an executive order to merge two
departments overseeing the state’s agriculture industry and natural resources.
The Republican governor’s order created the Department of
Agriculture and Natural Resources that she billed as a “one-stop”
shop for farmers and ranchers that would save the state about $450,000 by
eliminating five positions. While the influential South Dakota Farm Bureau
praised the move, other farmers’ groups focused on conservation opposed the
merger, saying it affected the protection of resources including water, oil and
Hunter Roberts, the current secretary of environment and natural
resources, will head the new department.
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17, 2020 11:15AM ESTLast Updated Thursday, December 17, 2020 4:09PM EST
SUDBURY — The Ontario government has made
changes to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to protect deer, elk and
moose in the province from chronic wasting disease (CWD) found in Quebec and
Members of the cervid family, which include
deer, elk, moose and caribou, are affected by this progressive and fatal
While it has not yet been found in Ontario,
the province felt it necessary to make these changes to protect wildlife and
support hunting after CWD was found in a Quebec deer farm near the Ontario
border in 2018. The disease has also been found in all five states that border
President-elect Biden has nominated Rep. Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior. Credit: AFGE
The Biden administration will officially take office on Jan. 20, but it has already announced who it will nominate for key positions. In addition, its transition teams have been meeting with career agency employees to better understand agency operations and challenges.
During an event on Dec. 19, the incoming administration announced a slate of nominees for environment, energy and climate jobs.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) will be nominated by president-elect Biden for Secretary of the Interior. If confirmed by the Senate, Halaand would be the first Native American to be a member of the Cabinet. She would be the 54thInterior Secretary and only the third female to serve in that position. Haaland currently serves as the vice chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
“As our country faces the impacts of climate change and environmental injustice, the Interior Department has a role to address these challenges,” said Rep. Halland during a Dec. 19 event, Rep. She also said that “we will ensure that the decisions at Interior will once again be driven by science.”