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Bee population declines could lead to an increase in malnutrition

  A recent study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biology has found that maintaining healthy pollinator populations may play an important role in staving off malnutrition in developing countries. Researchers collected data on plant nutrients, crop dependence on pollinators, and crop types and yields across the globe. They found that while pollinators are [...]

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Flame retardants transferred from household dust to laundry to waterways

  The common use of flame retardants to treat common household items including furniture, mattresses and plastics has resulted in their accumulation in bodies of water and even further into aquatic wildlife. However, the pathway by which these chemicals make their way out of household items and into the environment has not been well understood. [...]

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Pesticide exposure linked to depression in agricultural workers

  A new epidemiological study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives by researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has found that pesticide exposure is linked to depression in male pesticide applicators. A total of 21,208 private pesticide applicators were surveyed from 1993-1997, and again between 2005 and 2010. After confounding factors [...]

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Neonicotinoids contaminate Canadian wetlands

  A recent study published in the journal PLOS One found that neonicotinoid pesticides—the dominant insecticide used as a seed treatment on crops including canola and soybeans—are contaminating wetlands in Canada’s Prairie Pothole region. Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan used a combination of spatial distribution modeling and assessments of water and sediment concentrations in [...]

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Neonicotinoid use leads to decline in bird populations

  Research has demonstrated that exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides is harmful to non-pest insects such as bees. Now, a new study published in the journal Nature demonstrates that the negative effects of these unintended exposures my reach much further up the food chain than scientists previously suspected. Researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands demonstrated [...]

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