Carcinogenicity Assessment Was Flawed for 4 out of 10 Pesticides, New Report Shows

A new review of carcinogenicity assessments of pesticide active ingredients shows 40 percent of them are not carried out in compliance with existing European guidelines, leading to possible continued exposure of farmers and consumers to cancer-causing pesticides. In 30 percent of the cases significant details were missing from the dossiers, …

A Pretty Stream in Belgium Is so Polluted Its Water Could Be Used as...

The idyllic stream that meanders through the Flemish countryside has been called the most polluted stream in Europe. When you think of a polluted waterway, what do you envision? For me, a dark, oil-slicked river studded with garbage comes to mind, or maybe a malodorous and oddly colored creek in …

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World Bee Day

Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity – a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development …

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Strawberries, Spinach and Kale Are Riddled with Pesticides

A diet rich in fruits and veggies is considered to be key to good health. They are low in calories but high in nutrients. Just what the doctor ordered. Or is it? Because of the widespread use of pesticides many fruits and vegetables on the market are packed with noxious …

Wonder-Material Graphene Could Prove a Splash for Clean Water

Wonder-material graphene could be used to cheaply and effectively make dirty water clean. That’s the verdict from the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at the University of Manchester and the UK-based filter manufacturer LifeSaver, which have embarked on an 18-month research project to commercialise graphene-based water filters. They say one of …

France Is the First Country to Ban All 5 Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths

France will take a radical step towards protecting its dwindling bee population on Saturday by becoming the first country in Europe to ban all five pesticides researchers believe are killing off the insects. The move to ban the five so-called neonicotinoids has been hailed by beekeepers and environmentalists, but cereal …

Pesticides Have Accumulated in European Soil

Pesticides and weed killers have their benefits. They are beneficial in reducing or eliminating pests that damage or destroy crops. Yet they can wreak havoc with entire ecosystems. Worse: their effects can linger long after their use has ceased. Just how pervasive pesticides can be has been confirmed by two …