2018/06/04: Adding plants to solar farms offers all kinds of benefits to the facilities’ primary aim of reducing carbon emissions and expanding renewable energy. “Solar development is happening on a massive scale as lands are being converted from agricultural land or unused land into solar projects,” says Jordan Macknick, energy-water-land lead analyst with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which funds research on the impact of native and crop plants grown in solar farms. “That represents an amazing opportunity to improve our agriculture and improve our food security while developing energy at the same time.”
Adding plants to solar farms offers all kinds of benefits to the facilities’ primary aim of reducing carbon emissions and expanding renewable energy. And native and crop vegetation can help improve the health of pollinators, which are threatened by habitat loss, pesticide poisoning, poor nutrition, disease, decreased genetic diversity and a host of other factors. As a result, managed honeybee colonies used for honey production declined from 5.7 million in the 1940s to around 2.7 million today. Pollinators have an enormous impact on the economy, too, by annually contributing US$24 billion to the nation’s economy.
There's a battle going on in your garden between invasive and valuable domestic pollinators. Here's how to tilt the fight in favor of our humble bumble bee.
Without pollinators, your greek yogurt, butter, cream cheese, organic milk, and -- gasp -- ice cream, are all in peril.
For over a decade, a disease called colony collapse disorder has been destroying bee populations worldwide. Because bees pollinate many of our staple crops, their deaths threaten our food supplies. Now, new evidence is solidifying a case against the likely culprit in their deaths.
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A beekeeping project in Tokyo's busy Ginza shopping district is building collaboration and community while bringing urbanites a deeper understanding of their city's ecosystem and its interrelationships.
It is a beautiful afternoon here in West St. Paul, Minnesota. There are a few clouds in the sky and a light breeze keeping this early August day at a nice temperature. I am enjoying the modern luxuries of a few cold beers and a laptop in my backyard, a pork roast and chicken breasts
As we've written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America's apis mellifera population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought.
Whole Foods did a little experiment and pulled all produce pollinated by bees. The resulting photo is crazy.
200 in grado di restituire dati precisi sulle caratteristiche bio-etologiche delle diverse razze di api