It's no secret that the world's pollinators have been having a rough time of things these past few decades. It's also no secret that pesticides - at least in part - are to blame. Now new research has determined that sprays commonly used to control mosquito populations in the United States may also be having an adverse effect on common butterfly populations.
In a curious new study, researchers have realized that pesticides in fruits and vegetables may affect the quality of men's semen.
Unlike a great many other first-world environmental agencies, the UK's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) remains fairly uncertain about neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides commonly called "neonics." Officials frequently cite one large-scale study in particular to argue that these chemicals are mostly harmless. Now, however, one researcher has set out to tell DEFRA that they've been wrongly interpreting that key study for the last two years.
After being nearly wiped out from existence, the American bald eagle is no longer endangered, researchers report, as populations of this national symbol continue to soar. However, wildlife officials are taking this good news with a grain of salt, as it appears the majestic birds are not completely in the clear.
It's no secret that mosquitoes are the cause of a lot of suffering in the world. Malaria, Dengue fever, chikungunya, and West Nile are just a few names infamously associated with those little bloodsuckers that we all hate. Now researchers have discovered a number of natural compounds found in some plants that could help limit insect growth and mosquito populations.
With a great deal of scrutiny being aimed at common pesticides, researchers are now investigating unconsidered ways that these pest controls could do more harm than good. The latest of this work has revealed that insecticides could actually be increasing "toxic" slug populations in soil.
Honeybee diets that consist of natural pollen can help make the flying insects more resistant to deadly pesticides compared to feeding them an artificial diet, new research says.
Well this is going to be embarrassing for everyone involved... Remember those dangerous pesticides that experts are blaming for the tragic mass death of our pollinators? It turns out that they aren't even all that good at their job, leaving coated crops no better off than if they were left untreated.
A new scientific study has revealed that humans are a lot better off, as pesticides are becoming both safer and increasingly restricted. However, the same work has found that pesticides in rivers and streams are a growing threat to aquatic life.
The scientific community is now fairly certain that pesticides like neonicotinoids are the leading cause behind a drastic decline in honeybee populations first noticed nearly a decade ago. However, how exactly this was happening remained a mystery. Now, researchers believe they have determined how a pair of pesticides are stripping essential pollinators of their energy.
Researchers from Washington State University have found that the pesticide methoxychlor is linked to adult onset kidney disease, ovarian disease and obesity among three generations.
Wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will be "phasing out" a class of pesticides suspected to be causing severe damage to pollinator populations, planning to have the pesticides completely out of these protected areas by the start of 2016.
Bees' ability to forage for pollen is hampered by long-term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide, researchers behind a new study found.
Bee friendly "organic" gardens with plenty to pollinate may still be harming hives, researchers suggest. Plants bought at chain garden and home improvement stores were found to be laden with pesticides prior to being shelved, according to a new study.