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The next time you see a bee buzzing around, remember…
…that a third of our food crops are pollinated by bees and other insects. Up to 90% of all wild plants exist thanks to bees and other pollinating insects. The economic value of pollination services globally provided by bees amount to some €265bn.

Bee-decline is a global problem.

In recent winters, in Europe alone, bee losses up to 53% became a reality. This dramatic decline in bee populations is the result of multiple factors such as diseases and parasites, climate change and wider industrial agricultural practices. Monocultures and the extensive use of deadly pesticides are of special concern. Some pesticides are real bee-killers.

~ Greenpeace.🌻🐝🌺

It seems to be part of human nature to want to belong to a group. People constantly form groups, in all kinds of situations, and high-stakes negotiations on climate change are no exception.

Ever heard of the Umbrella Group? Or the Like-Minded Developing Countries? How about the Group of 77? (Here’s a hint — it doesn’t actually have 77 countries.)

Delegates from nearly 200 countries are meeting in Bonn, Germany, this week to resume negotiations on a new global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions — it’s part of the run up to a major summit in Paris later this year. And the countries negotiate in groups, some of which are a little puzzling.

How Are U.N. Climate Talks Like A Middle School? Cliques Rule

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Fox News’ bias on global warming in one graph

As we all know, of course, freezing cold temperatures aren’t legitimate evidenceagainst climate change or global warming. But don’t tell that to Fox News. Who exactly are Fox News’ global warming skeptics? Because according toa recent study, there’s nearly a unanimous consensus in academic journals that global warming is man-made. 

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fleetingwhispersuniverse  asked:

So, can you please give us a recap of the State Of The Union Address?

As the President said last night, “the State of the Union is strong." And in a post that conveniently just went up on the White House blog, we posted a few of the areas President Obama focused on:

  • Looking out for the middle class
  • Addressing climate change
  • Charting a new course for Cuba
  • Making community college free
  • Closing tax loopholes
  • Pursuing a better politics

Intrigued? Read the full post for some extra, juicy details. Want to see the address in its entirety? Check out the full text on Medium, or watch our enhanced version, complete with charts and graphs that supplement the President’s remarks.

On the fence about Thoreau? Maureen Corrigan found a book that might surprise you, because it surprised her. She reviews The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Yong Man’s Unlikely Path to Walden Pond by Michael Sims:

Sims’ Thoreau still comes off as a monologue-spouting eccentric who has trouble connecting, especially with women. But, Sims is more persuasive when it comes to his second aim: Emphasizing Thoreau’s crucial shift from a Romantic to a scientific view of nature. Rather than simply waxing poetic about the beauties of Walden Pond when he moved out there in 1845, Thoreau measured it — literally — by walking out on the winter ice and plumbing its depths hundreds of times with a line and sinker. He also recorded the pond’s temperatures and the bloom times of surrounding flowers and plants.

Sims’ Thoreau is most appealing in these stretches when he’s completely absorbed in these apparently random studies — studies that have now become essential to ecologists today who are charting climate change and using them as measures of comparison.

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau is a rich, entertaining testament to the triumph of a young man who never comfortably fit in, but who made a place for himself, nonetheless.

Chart: Here’s how many scientists don’t believe in global warming

We can officially stop wondering if there is a “consensus” on global warming among scientists. A new study by James Lawrence Powell found only a single dissenter out of 9,136 authors who denied that global warming was man-made. Powell looked at more than 2,000 studies published in peer-reviewed journals from November 2012 through December 2013 and came up with just one that didn’t believe in man-made global warming.

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