N.Y.C. Bans Pesticides in Parks With Push From Unlikely Force: Children

“A bunch of kindergartners,” now in seventh grade, worked years to push the City Council to approve a ban on toxic pesticides in parks, playgrounds and other spaces.

#barnard-anne, #children-and-childhood, #de-blasio-bill, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pesticides, #playgrounds

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The Smart Way to Grow Roses

It’s the season for ordering roses. Here’s how to choose the right ones — and how to grow them sustainably once you’ve got them.

#content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #kukielski-peter-e, #new-york-botanical-garden, #pesticides, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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The New Alliance Shaping the Middle East Is Against a Tiny Bug

Israeli sensors on the Persian Gulf, across the water from Iran, are part of an epic battle in the Middle East. Just not the one we’re used to.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #agriculture-and-farming, #beetles, #dates-fruit, #defense-and-military-forces, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #fez-morocco, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #peace-process, #pesticides, #politics-and-government, #sensors, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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Emails Show How Pesticide Industry Influenced U.S. Position in Health Talks

The U.S. insisted that new international guidelines on combating drug resistance omit any mention of fungicides — a demand that the industry made but that ran counter to science.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #center-for-biological-diversity, #croplife-america, #drug-resistance-microbial, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fungi, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #pesticides, #united-nations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization

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E.P.A. Rejects Its Own Findings That a Pesticide Harms Childrens’ Brains

The agency’s new assessment directly contradicts federal scientists’ conclusions five years ago that chlorpyrifos can stunt brain development in young children.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #chlorpyrifos, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #pesticides, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Citrus Flavoring Is Weaponized Against Insect-Borne Diseases

The E.P.A. has approved nootkatone, which is found in cedars and grapefruit. It repels ticks, mosquitoes and other dangerous bugs for hours, but is safe enough to eat.

#biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chemicals, #deet-insect-repellent, #environmental-protection-agency, #evolva-holding-sa, #foreign-aid, #grapefruit, #insects, #inventions-and-patents, #lyme-disease, #malaria, #mosquitoes, #pesticides, #ticks-insects

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Should a Study on Pesticides Affect Our Use of Them?

Recent research, which found a link between pyrethroids and deaths from heart disease, highlights the limitations of epidemiological research.

#ddt-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #heart, #medicine-and-health, #pesticides, #research, #west-nile-virus

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The Pandemic May Spare Us From Another Plague: Bedbugs

Given the drastic pandemic-induced reductions in travel, the chances of bringing home these uninvited guests have been greatly curtailed.

#bedbugs, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #luggage-and-packing, #mattresses, #pesticides, #sleep, #travel-and-vacations

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America’s Killer Lawns

Homeowners use up 10 times more pesticide per acre than farmers do. But we can change what we do in our own yards.

#gardens-and-gardening, #insects, #lawns, #pesticides

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