In Wisconsin: Stowing Mowers, Pleasing Bees

Can the No Mow May movement help transform the traditional American lawn — a manicured carpet of grass — into something more ecologically beneficial?

#appleton-wis, #bees, #biodiversity, #center-for-biological-diversity, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #grass, #lawns, #lawrence-university, #pesticides, #shorewood-wis, #weeds, #wisconsin

To Understand Our Future on Earth, Look to the Laws That Govern Nature

In “A Natural History of the Future,” Rob Dunn turns to ecology as a way of figuring out just how the planet will be altered by climate change.

#books-and-literature, #dunn-robert-r-1975, #environment, #pesticides

Wild Animals Are Thriving in New York City Right Now

New York is now ‘the greenest big city on earth,’ one naturalist said. Some creatures have noticed, and are staying for a while.

#animals, #area-planning-and-renewal, #audubon-society-national, #benepe-adrian, #birds, #charlop-powers-sarah, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #floods, #flowers-and-plants, #greenbelt-native-plant-center, #natural-areas-conservancy, #new-york-city, #new-yorkers-for-parks, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #pesticides, #wetlands, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

For France, American Vines Still Mean Sour Grapes

French authorities have tried to outlaw hardy American hybrids for 87 years. But climate change and the natural wine movement are giving renegade winemakers a lift.

#cevennes-france, #climate-change, #france, #global-warming, #grapes, #pesticides, #politics-and-government, #wines

Chlorpyrifos Will No Longer Be Allowed on Food Crops

The agency will reverse a Trump-era decision to keep chlorpyrifos, one of the most common pesticides, in use.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #chemicals, #croplife-america, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #pesticides, #rakoff-jed-s, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do Pesticides Get Into the Flesh of Fruits and Vegetables?

Some pesticides are actually designed to be absorbed into the tissue of the fruit or vegetable to protect it from pests

#agriculture-and-farming, #apples, #cantaloupes, #cucumbers, #fruit, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #pesticides, #sustainable-living, #vegetables