skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, December 4, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

NH gun-safety advocates advise services, bipartisan laws after deadly shootings; Food banks, pantries address rising food insecurity during winter holidays; Despite cost debate, some MN businesses intrigued by paid-leave law.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Muslim American leaders in swing states like Michigan threaten to Abandon Biden, VP Harris criticizes greenwashing at COP28, former congresswoman Cheney calls the GOP a "threat," and George Santos is expelled.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

Illinois Environmental Group Seeks Ban on Pesticides Harmful to Bees

play audio
Play

Friday, August 25, 2023   

An Illinois group reported toxic pesticides are causing irreversible damage to young, developing bees, putting the bee population in decline and food crops at risk.

Bees are pollinators, and scientists said without them, it would be impossible to grow many of the plants decorating gardens and putting food on American tables. Environment Illinois said while previous studies identified a number of pesticides harmful to adult honeybees, different research by Imperial College in London shows the same poisons can impair brain development in 'baby bees,' or bee larvae.

Emily Kowalski, outreach and engagement manager for Environment Illinois, said the government needs to ban the bug killers.

"We're calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the worst uses of these bee-killing pesticides," Kowalski explained. "And we're calling on major retailers, including Amazon, to stop selling these bee-killing pesticides."

Kowalski pointed out many farmers and gardeners use "neonics," pesticides capable of stunting brain development in bee larvae, damaging their neural cells and keeping them from pollination and other activities common to bees. Researchers found the number of bees found in Europe and the United States is down 30% since 2000.

Kowalski noted environmental groups are urging more states to take action, and nine states have already restricted some of the worst uses of neonics, but officials have yet to do the same in Illinois.

She stressed bee populations in eight other states have all but disappeared.

"Our main mission is a vision of a greener Illinois," Kowalski emphasized. "That protects places where nature can thrive, and offers us and our children a greater opportunity to live healthier, more enriching lives."

In addition to pesticides, bees are also disappearing due to the effects of climate change and the loss of habitat. She added they are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and some state agencies to add protections for native species of bees under the Endangered Species Act.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
According to data by SCORE, 75% of small business owners donate an average of 6% of their profits to charitable organizations each year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Small Business Saturday has come and gone and the North Carolina Sustainable Business Council urged people to keep "shopping local" this season…


Social Issues

play sound

Gun-safety advocates in New Hampshire are urging Gov. Chris Sununu to back policies proven to reduce gun violence following a series of deadly …

Social Issues

play sound

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found the repayment process for federal student loans has been filled with errors…


Minnesota's new paid leave law, scheduled to take effect in 2026, will distribute benefits through a state-operated insurance pool funded by employers and employees. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Minnesota is two years away from enacting its new paid leave law and while the debate over costs has resurfaced, some in the small business community …

Social Issues

play sound

A lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's collective near-total bargaining ban for most public workers is by some seen as a way to bolster the state's beleagu…

The Environmental Protection Agency is working on rules that will incentivize the transition to heavy-duty electric vehicles. (VanderWolf Images/Adobestock)

play sound

As the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai wraps up, Democratic lawmakers and clean-air advocates are calling on the Environmental …

Environment

play sound

NASA-funded research using satellites to study atmospheric nitrogen will examine how different farming approaches affect greenhouse gas emissions…

play sound

The American Gas Association misled the public on the health effects of burning gas for decades. Now, a coalition wants the Washington State …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021