Pollinators

This Plant Is a Monarch Butterfly's Best Defence Against Extinction

David Suzuki | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

In the mid-1990s, the eastern monarch population was more than one billion. In winter 2013, the population had dropped by more than 95 per cent to 35 million, with a modest increase to 56.5 million this past winter. Much of the monarch butterfly decline has been pinned on the virtual eradication of its critical food source milkweed.

What Are Neonics? And Why Does Ontario Need To Restrict Them?

David Suzuki | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Apart from the immediate and lethal effects on bees, neonics represent a more subtle threat to a wide range of species. The 2014 Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impacts of Systemic Pesticides, the most comprehensive review of the scientific literature on neonics, pointed to effects on smell and memory, reproduction, feeding behaviour, flight and ability to fight disease.

A New "National Park" Could Be Coming to a City Near You

David Suzuki | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Canada's newest "national park" is a vibrant patchwork of green space meandering through dynamic downtown neighbourhoods in one of Canada's densest metropolises, along the former path of a creek buried more than 100 years. It's a welcoming space for birds and bees that's nurturing a new generation of city-builders. And it may spread to your city.

More Bad News for Bees: The New "F" Word

David Suzuki | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Have you heard of flupyradifurone? Probably not, unless you work for the federal government agency poised to approve this new pesticide for use in Canada. But take note: This new "F" word is bad news for bees.

Why Killing Bees Means Less Food on Your Table

Mike Schreiner | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Unfortunately, Premier Wynne prefers to talk about the problem rather than take action to solve it. Her response to the crisis: throw some money at beekeepers (certainly welcome given their economic losses) and form a task force on bee health that continues to drag its feet on taking action.

Why These Beekeepers Filed a Class-Action Lawsuit

Dianne Saxe | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Dianne Saxe

Last week, Canadian beekeepers filed a class action lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court (Windsor) against two massive chemical companies, Bayer AG and Syngenta AG, for over $400 million in losses allegedly caused by neonicotinoid pesticides to Ontario bees. This is the first Canadian class action lawsuit filed for harm to bees caused by these widely used pesticides.

1 of Every 3 Bites of Food Depends on Bees -- Let's Save Them

David Suzuki | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Bees may be small, but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire terrestrial ecosystems are at risk, and so are we.

Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

When I was a young girl, seeing monarchs flit around was as common as hearing the songs of the meadowlarks and the chipping of ground squirrels. I was...

Help Solve an Orange-and-Black Mystery

David Suzuki | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

What weighs less than a paperclip, tastes terrible and can travel thousands of kilometres without a map? Hint: this delicate critter is tawny-orange with black veins and white spots and has been mysteriously absent from Canada this summer.

Are The Birds And Bees Worth $250 Billion?

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- MONTREAL - What salary would you expect to pay a force of internationally diverse workers who toil harmoniously -- without pensi...