Pollinators play role in renaturing our cities
Bees and other pollinators are under threat from climate change and pollution. Helping them to survive means ensuring food security and maintaining biodiversity. Liverpool, Valladolid and Izmir are among the cities that are testing nature-based solutions to increase the number of these insects and make urban areas healthier and more liveable
Robotic spies among bees
Researchers are developing little robots able to interact within animal societies such as honeybees. They believe that creating mixed societies of animal and robots can be a new way to protect many endangered species and the environment
Bees survival: ban more pesticides?
Neonicotinoids are under intense scrutiny. But a ban of a broad variety of pesticides may be required to protect bees, humans and the environment.
Marco Lodesani: Lessons from the Italian ban on pesticides
Exposure to sub-lethal doses of neonicotinoids may have a long-term effect on bees. One of Italy’s top bee researchers recommends a ban on insecticide-coated seeds and in reintroducing rotating cultures against pests invasion.
World relies on endangered bees for 153 billion euros
Precious insect pollinators hold an almighty 153 billion euros worldwide on their industrious wings for the main crops that feed the planet every year. If they all disappeared overnight, so would 9.5% of the total value of global agriculture production used for human food