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Beehives for humanity. IT’S A WARM October day on a Melbourne rooftop.

Beehives for humanity

Vanessa Kwiatkowski and Mat Lumalasi are unrecognisable in their full-body suits, their faces obscured from view. They each pull out a gun. There are hundreds, if not thousands, in their firing line. After the deed, they stand there, wisps of smoke still emanating from the guns in their gloved hands, and survey their handiwork. Responding to a poisoning event. An increase in the number of managed hives available for crop pollination is crucial to the continued prosperity of the Australian horticultural industry.

Responding to a poisoning event

Further development of the managed pollination sector will also provide important opportunities for the honey bee industry. However, a significant barrier in this regard has been the risk that beekeepers face in relation to honey bee pesticide poisoning. Pesticide poisoning events of managed hives have occurred in Australia, and they have mainly occurred from a chemical toxic to bees being inappropriately applied to flowers in a crop, or from spray drift from neighbouring paddocks. Although it is important to put in place mechanisms to ensure that these instances do not occur, it is also important to understand how to respond to a honey bee pesticide poisoning event if they do occur.

A honey bee poisoning event. Why We Need To Save The Bees + 10 Things You Can Do To Help. ‘The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others’ – St.

Why We Need To Save The Bees + 10 Things You Can Do To Help

John Chrysostom. Not only is the humble bee an incredible pollinator, responsible for helping the growth of some of our favorite treats including coffee and chocolate, but it’s the only insect in the world to produce food that humans can eat. Over the last two decades, startling research has shown that this hardworking creature – once described by Earthwatch as the ‘most invaluable species on the planet’ – is in rapid decline.

Since 2006, the USA’s commercial honeybee population has suffered a 40% loss, with the UK reporting an even greater loss of 45% since just 2010. What this Decline Could Mean for Us. Ecosystems. Ecosystems are generally recognised by the characteristic vegetation they support.


Victoria’s land area supports a wider range of ecosystems than any area of a similar size in Australia: alpine, mallee, grasslands and grassy woodlands, forests, heathlands and heathy woodlands, inland waters and estuaries, and coasts. This richness, in the number of different ecosystems and different species, and the genetic variety they exhibit — is what we call biodiversity. Parks play a crucial role in protecting Victoria’s ecosystems including the numerous habitats, floral and faunal communities and ecosystem services (e.g. clean air, clean water) they support.

Roundup household weed killer linked to cancer. Yahoo7 News The world’s most popular weed killer has been linked to cancer, after the World Health Organisation warned that chemical glyphosate "probably causes cancer".

Roundup household weed killer linked to cancer

Glyphosate is an herbicide marketed as "RoundUp" and is commonly used in sensitive areas such as households, gardens and playgrounds. Councils across Australia are continuing to use the chemicals, despite the findings and petitions from residents, the ABC reported. The Federal Department of Health and the Australia Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority are now re-assessing the risk of glyphosate on humans. New method finds 57 pesticides in poisoned honey bees. The researchers say their findings will help expand knowledge about the influence of pesticides on honey bee health.

New method finds 57 pesticides in poisoned honey bees

A paper on the study, by the National Veterinary Research Institute in Pulawy, Poland, is published in the Journal of Chromatography A. The researchers, led by Tomasz Kiljanek of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, report how they developed and validated a method for simultaneously detecting up to 200 pesticides and metabolites in honey bees. Honey bee populations are falling worldwide, including in the US.

Without the honey bee, American dinner plates would look quite bare; around one third of the food eaten in the US comes from crops pollinated by honey bees. One of the reasons honey bees are declining in Europe and the US is a condition called colony collapse disorder (CCD). Bee Deaths at Centre of Lawsuit by Honey Producers. Bayer Responds to Recent Neonicotinoids Announcements. Bayer remains committed to environmentally safe use of its products.

Bayer Responds to Recent Neonicotinoids Announcements

More than 100 studies have concluded that when used according to label instructions, neonicotinoids are not harmful to bee colonies. Consumers have come to depend upon the benefits of neonicotinoids for beautiful plants found at retailers and healthy gardens around their home. Bayer is committed to the environmentally safe use of plant products and technologies that help sustain them. Opinion: It's Time To Tackle Urban Sprawl - HONEY BEE. Honey Bees are among the most beneficial of bugs.


They eat nectar (a sweet liquid) made by flowers and they turn the nectar into honey, which is a very popular sweetener used by people all over the world, and enjoyed by many other animals (bears LOVE honey). If we did not have bees, food crops would not get pollinated. Amazing Facts About Honey Bees - Wow Amazing. These days, the production of beeswax and honey lies on the hands of successful and huge industries.

Amazing Facts About Honey Bees - Wow Amazing

But, they won’t be able to reach the top without the help of the so-called honey bees. Honey bees are tiny little creatures that are best known for being cooperative and social as they are often seen living within colonies. These creatures are known for producing honey, a product that provides plenty of healing benefits for humans. Types of Honey Bees. About Honeybees - Honeybee Centre. What is a honeybee?

About Honeybees - Honeybee Centre

Honeybees are flying insects, and close relatives of wasps and ants. They are found on every continent on earth, except for Antarctica. Bees of all varieties live on nectar and pollen. Without bees, pollination would be difficult and time consuming - it is estimated that one-third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination. Understanding Neonics — Bee Safe Boulder. There are several factors that contribute to bee decline. From loss of habitat, to climate change, to pathogens, to colony collapse disorder, bees are facing hard times. However, Bee Safe Boulder has made the choice to focus on the elimination of neonicotinoids in order to save bees for many reasons: In 2014 The International Union of Concerned Scientists conducted a meta analysis of 800 peer reviewed reports and concluded that neonicotinoids are a key factor in the decline of bees.

A 2011 study found that bees who are exposed to neonicotinoids succumb more easily to Nosema ceranae, a parasite that is aiding in the worldwide bee decline. IT Infrastructure Services Anywhere in Australia & New Zealand. New Logo for Google done In-house. Google needs no introduction, except the acknowledgment that it’s more than the desktop-based search engine on a web browser that I think we all still see it as. It’s still that and it’s extremely powerful at it but there is also maps, news, images, self-driving cars, douchebag face gear (thank goodness that ended), balloons up in the air, 1 GB internet connections, TV, email, Microsoft Office killer apps, and so much more.

Even with the introduction of Alphabet to hold Sergei and Larry’s every disruptive whim and be the parent company, Google is still a parent company of its own and represents multiple and sometimes diametrically opposing offerings to everyone from grandmas to millennials to my 5-year-old. Untitled. NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Reporting and the Australian Curriculum. The purpose here is to help parents understand the impact of the new Australian Curriculum on the reports that will be produced for our students at the end of this term. It is also important that we explain how we will be indicating student achievement in streamed courses.

The Australian Curriculum In 2015, all schools in Western Australia will be reporting against the new standards set out in the Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics and Science. The Australian Curriculum is a national initiative to align the education of students across all Australian states and territories. The Story Behind the National Geographic Logo Design - GreyBox Creative.

Jul 15, 2015 Most of us are familiar with the National Geographic logo, whose design features a rectangular box in bright yellow. Beside it would be the text ‘National Geographic’ in its characteristic sans serif, all capital letters typeface. But what is the story behind this iconic logo? A booklet called Identify: Basic principles of identity design in the iconic trademarks of Chermayeff & Geismar talks about its very interesting history.

As with many of the world’s most effective and recognizable symbols, the current logo design of National Geographic is the product of a rigorous study of their target market: “An extensive audit, combined with limited consumer research, showed that the simple yellow border logo inspired by the trademarked cover of National Geographic magazine is a strong brand identifier for National Geographic and that the color yellow itself generates relatively strong brand recognition,” the document reveals. The ABC logo. Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Disappearing Honey Bees Infographic. Why We Need To Save The Bees + 10 Things You Can Do To Help. Paper & Deforestation. Each year in the United States, the paper thrown in the trash represents approximately 640 million trees, or roughly 915,000 acres of forest land.

We use many types of paper in our factories, offices, and homes each day. It is used for packaging, printing, and copying, and when we are done with it, massive amounts end up in the garbage. Overall Recycling Rate Hides the Real Problem. Tag based on what is being viewed. We filter the output of wp_title() a bit - see agriflex_filter_wp_title() in functions.php.

Ploughed Fields (C) Dorcas Sinclair. Identifying Asian honey bees. Deformed Wing Virus - The Apiarist. Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. Protecting Bees and Other Pollinators from Pesticides. Deformed Wing Virus - The Apiarist. Parasitic Mites Invade Hives By Copying Bees' 'Chemical Stink' Preparing for Quarantine - The Prepared Page. National Bee Pest Surveillance Program. National Bee Biosecurity Program. Group Seeks to Ban Pesticides - The West End News. 20 Most Beautiful Flowering Trees around the world. In-season: Autumn Flowers and their meanings - Flower Flow. Wi Fi to the Beehive and Raspberry Pi - Online Technical Discussion Groups—Wolfram Community. Reporting suspect pests. Has Local Sourcing Killed the Organic Food Trend? Buzz on the Bees : Corporate Environmental Profile. School House -

Wheat prices in free fall - Agriculture - Cropping - Grains. Scientific evidence shows that Americans’ brains are being fried by cell towers. A Honeybee Presentation by a Third Grader by Karen. Pollinating animals declining alarmingly global food supply under threat - Market Business News. Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation. Natural Environment.