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IPBES Science and Policy for People and Nature. Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production

IPBES Science and Policy for People and Nature. Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production

“The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever,” said Sir Robert Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) that compiled the forthcoming 1,500 page report. “We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aims to assess animal pollination as a regulating ecosystem service underpinning food production in the context of its contribution to nature’s gifts to people and supporting a good quality of life. To achieve this, it focuses on the role of native and managed pollinators, the status and trends of pollinators and pollinator-plant networks and pollination, drivers of change, impacts on human well-being, food production in response to pollination declines and deficits and the effectiveness of responses. The assessment concludes that 75% of our food crops and nearly 90% of wild flowering plants depend at least to some extent on animal pollination and that a high diversity of wild pollinators is critical to pollination even when managed bees are present in high numbers.
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'Extinct' broad-headed bee found in Perth's northern suburbs

A native bee species known as Douglas’ broad-headed bee has been rediscovered in Perth’s northern suburbs. It had been presumed extinct, with the last known record of the species being a male collected on Rottnest Island 80 years ago.
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Rewilding cities will improve public health

Growing more native plants in cities will increase microbial diversity and combat the rise of non-communicable diseases such as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease, South Australian researchers say!
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We can now speak the universal language of honey bees Researchers have deciphered and codified the honey bee language.

“This research found that a #bee from England would understand a bee from Virginia and would find a food source in the same way with a similar success rate.

“The bees can tell us in high spatial and temporal resolution where forage is available and at what times of the year. So, if you want to build a mall for example, we would know if prime pollinator habitat would be destroyed. And, where bees forage, other species forage as well. Conservation efforts can follow.”

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Agroecology: A Systems Approach How scientists propose that we feed the future… and solve a host of other problems at the same time.

In 2014, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) held a conference in Rome to discuss agroecology and came to the conclusion that it holds enormous potential not only to mitigate many of the world’s environmental and socio-economic issues, but to take us on a more sustainable development path more generally.
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Residential green space in childhood is associated with lower risk of psychiatric disorders from adolescence into adulthood

Green space can provide mental health
benefits and possibly lower risk of psychiatric disorders. This
nation-wide study covering >900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had
up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors. Stronger
association between cumulated green space and risk during
childhood constitutes evidence that prolonged presence of
green space is important. Our findings affirm that integrating
natural environments into urban planning is a promising approach to improve mental health and reduce the rising global
burden of psychiatric disorders.
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The Rapid Decline Of The Natural World Is A Crisis Even Bigger Than Climate Change

“We are at a crossroads. The historic and current degradation and destruction of nature undermine human well-being for current and countless future generations,” added the British-born atmospheric scientist who has led programs at NASA and was a science adviser in the Clinton administration. “Land degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change are three different faces of the same central challenge: the increasingly dangerous impact of our choices on the health of our natural environment.”
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Bee conservation: Inclusive Solutions 27/03/2018

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) pollination assessment recognises that both wild and manged pollinators have a ‘globally significant” roles in crop pollination.
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EU agrees total ban on bee harming pesticides within 6 months 27/03/2018

The European Union will ban the world’s most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they pose to bees.
The ban on neonicotinoids, approved by member nations on Friday, is expected to come into force by the end of 2018 and will mean they can only be used in closed greenhouses.
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Where have all the farmland birds gone? 21/03 2018

The song of skylarks, linnets and meadow pipits traditionally resonate across French farmlands. But for how much longer? Studies from long-term observatories paint an alarming picture: the populations of farmland birds have fallen by one third in the last 17 years.
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Neonicotinoids: risks to bees confirmed 28/02/2018

Most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees, according to assessments published today by EFSA. The Authority has updated its risk assessments of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam – that are currently subject to restrictions in the EU because of the threat they pose to bees. 28th February 2018
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Scientist warn of 'ecological Armageddon' after study shows flying insect numbers plummet 75% over 27 years. October 18, 2017


More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809
Abstract

Global declines in insects have sparked wide interest among scientists, politicians, and the general public. Loss of insect diversity and abundance is expected to provoke cascading effects on food webs and to jeopardize ecosystem services.

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Will Plants and Pollinators Get Out of Sync?

“Pollination is the key event for a plant and for the pollinators in the year. That’s where pollinators get their food, and that’s what determines whether the plant will set fruit. Some species of pollinators have co-evolved with one species of plant, and the two species time their cycles to coincide, for example, insects maturing from larva to adult precisely when nectar flows begin,” says Esaias. There is no guarantee that the thousands of plant-pollinator interactions that sustain the productivity of our crops and natural ecosystems won’t be disrupted by climate change.”
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Bees Have Profound Influence on Plant Evolution, Researchers Say

After only nine generations, the same plant species is larger and more fragrant if pollinated by bumblebees rather than flies, according to University of Zurich evolutionary biologists Florian Schiestl and Daniel Gervasi. Mar 14, 2017.
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Securing pollination to boost farm productivity

Guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption’ – will see the country’s top bee pollination researchers collaborate with industry to investigate re-establishing native vegetation to support pollinator food and nesting resources, and use new technologies to communicate the findings to farmers. The research will focus on nine pollinating-dependent crops: apples, pears, lucerne, almonds, canola, melons, blueberries, raspberries and mangoes. 1 Aug 2017.
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Bees can help boost food security of 2 billion small farmers at no cost - UN

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today highlighted the publication of a new study that quantifies, for the first time, how much crop yields depend on the work of bees that unknowingly fertilize plants as they move from flower to flower.19 Feb 2016
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Microbial Ecology of the Hive & Pollination Landscapes

Exploration of the effect of different flowers microbes on bee gut bacteria and evolution of the species. [17 Dec 2013]
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Trackers reveal that honeybees forecast the weather to plan their work day

[3 Feb 2016]
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Vibrating bees tell the state of the hive

[5 Nov 2015]
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Spinning Food

Our new report, “Spinning food,” investigates how Big Food and agrochemical corporations are deliberately misleading the public — and reporters — on facts about industrial agriculture and organic and sustainable food production.
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Bees prefer foods containing neonicotinoid pesticides

[April 2015]
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Securing Bee Populations in Australia from climate change and varroa mites

A plan to map bee activity and protect South Australian pollination rates has been given a $600,000 boost. September 2015
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Neonicotinoid pesticides

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been found to be particularly toxic to bees and other pollinators in a comprehensive study published June 2014 of over 1,00 peer reviewed scientific studies.
View Site

Agroecology: A Systems Approach How scientists propose that we feed the future… and solve a host of other problems at the same time.

In 2014, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) held a conference in Rome to discuss agroecology and came to the conclusion that it holds enormous potential not only to mitigate many of the world’s environmental and socio-economic issues, but to take us on a more sustainable development path more generally.
View Site

Residential green space in childhood is associated with lower risk of psychiatric disorders from adolescence into adulthood

Green space can provide mental health
benefits and possibly lower risk of psychiatric disorders. This
nation-wide study covering >900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had
up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors. Stronger
association between cumulated green space and risk during
childhood constitutes evidence that prolonged presence of
green space is important. Our findings affirm that integrating
natural environments into urban planning is a promising approach to improve mental health and reduce the rising global
burden of psychiatric disorders.
View Site

The Rapid Decline Of The Natural World Is A Crisis Even Bigger Than Climate Change

“We are at a crossroads. The historic and current degradation and destruction of nature undermine human well-being for current and countless future generations,” added the British-born atmospheric scientist who has led programs at NASA and was a science adviser in the Clinton administration. “Land degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change are three different faces of the same central challenge: the increasingly dangerous impact of our choices on the health of our natural environment.”
View Site

Bee conservation: Inclusive Solutions 27/03/2018

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) pollination assessment recognises that both wild and manged pollinators have a ‘globally significant” roles in crop pollination.
View Site

EU agrees total ban on bee harming pesticides within 6 months 27/03/2018

The European Union will ban the world’s most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they pose to bees.
The ban on neonicotinoids, approved by member nations on Friday, is expected to come into force by the end of 2018 and will mean they can only be used in closed greenhouses.
View Site

Where have all the farmland birds gone? 21/03 2018

The song of skylarks, linnets and meadow pipits traditionally resonate across French farmlands. But for how much longer? Studies from long-term observatories paint an alarming picture: the populations of farmland birds have fallen by one third in the last 17 years.
View Site

Neonicotinoids: risks to bees confirmed 28/02/2018

Most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees, according to assessments published today by EFSA. The Authority has updated its risk assessments of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam – that are currently subject to restrictions in the EU because of the threat they pose to bees. 28th February 2018
View Site

Scientist warn of 'ecological Armageddon' after study shows flying insect numbers plummet 75% over 27 years. October 18, 2017


More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809
Abstract

Global declines in insects have sparked wide interest among scientists, politicians, and the general public. Loss of insect diversity and abundance is expected to provoke cascading effects on food webs and to jeopardize ecosystem services.

View Site

Will Plants and Pollinators Get Out of Sync?

“Pollination is the key event for a plant and for the pollinators in the year. That’s where pollinators get their food, and that’s what determines whether the plant will set fruit. Some species of pollinators have co-evolved with one species of plant, and the two species time their cycles to coincide, for example, insects maturing from larva to adult precisely when nectar flows begin,” says Esaias. There is no guarantee that the thousands of plant-pollinator interactions that sustain the productivity of our crops and natural ecosystems won’t be disrupted by climate change.”
View Site

Bees Have Profound Influence on Plant Evolution, Researchers Say

After only nine generations, the same plant species is larger and more fragrant if pollinated by bumblebees rather than flies, according to University of Zurich evolutionary biologists Florian Schiestl and Daniel Gervasi. Mar 14, 2017.
View Site

Securing pollination to boost farm productivity

Guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption’ – will see the country’s top bee pollination researchers collaborate with industry to investigate re-establishing native vegetation to support pollinator food and nesting resources, and use new technologies to communicate the findings to farmers. The research will focus on nine pollinating-dependent crops: apples, pears, lucerne, almonds, canola, melons, blueberries, raspberries and mangoes. 1 Aug 2017.
View Site

Bees can help boost food security of 2 billion small farmers at no cost - UN

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today highlighted the publication of a new study that quantifies, for the first time, how much crop yields depend on the work of bees that unknowingly fertilize plants as they move from flower to flower.19 Feb 2016
View Site

Microbial Ecology of the Hive & Pollination Landscapes

Exploration of the effect of different flowers microbes on bee gut bacteria and evolution of the species. [17 Dec 2013]
View SIte

Trackers reveal that honeybees forecast the weather to plan their work day

[3 Feb 2016]
View SIte

Vibrating bees tell the state of the hive

[5 Nov 2015]
View Site

Spinning Food

Our new report, “Spinning food,” investigates how Big Food and agrochemical corporations are deliberately misleading the public — and reporters — on facts about industrial agriculture and organic and sustainable food production.
View SIte

Bees prefer foods containing neonicotinoid pesticides

[April 2015]
View Site

Securing Bee Populations in Australia from climate change and varroa mites

A plan to map bee activity and protect South Australian pollination rates has been given a $600,000 boost. September 2015
View Site

Neonicotinoid pesticides

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been found to be particularly toxic to bees and other pollinators in a comprehensive study published June 2014 of over 1,00 peer reviewed scientific studies.
View Site

Agroecology: A Systems Approach How scientists propose that we feed the future… and solve a host of other problems at the same time.

In 2014, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) held a conference in Rome to discuss agroecology and came to the conclusion that it holds enormous potential not only to mitigate many of the world’s environmental and socio-economic issues, but to take us on a more sustainable development path more generally.
View Site

Residential green space in childhood is associated with lower risk of psychiatric disorders from adolescence into adulthood

Green space can provide mental health
benefits and possibly lower risk of psychiatric disorders. This
nation-wide study covering >900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had
up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors. Stronger
association between cumulated green space and risk during
childhood constitutes evidence that prolonged presence of
green space is important. Our findings affirm that integrating
natural environments into urban planning is a promising approach to improve mental health and reduce the rising global
burden of psychiatric disorders.
View Site

The Rapid Decline Of The Natural World Is A Crisis Even Bigger Than Climate Change

“We are at a crossroads. The historic and current degradation and destruction of nature undermine human well-being for current and countless future generations,” added the British-born atmospheric scientist who has led programs at NASA and was a science adviser in the Clinton administration. “Land degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change are three different faces of the same central challenge: the increasingly dangerous impact of our choices on the health of our natural environment.”
View Site

Bee conservation: Inclusive Solutions 27/03/2018

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) pollination assessment recognises that both wild and manged pollinators have a ‘globally significant” roles in crop pollination.
View Site

EU agrees total ban on bee harming pesticides within 6 months 27/03/2018

The European Union will ban the world’s most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they pose to bees.
The ban on neonicotinoids, approved by member nations on Friday, is expected to come into force by the end of 2018 and will mean they can only be used in closed greenhouses.
View Site

Where have all the farmland birds gone? 21/03 2018

The song of skylarks, linnets and meadow pipits traditionally resonate across French farmlands. But for how much longer? Studies from long-term observatories paint an alarming picture: the populations of farmland birds have fallen by one third in the last 17 years.
View Site

Neonicotinoids: risks to bees confirmed 28/02/2018

Most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees, according to assessments published today by EFSA. The Authority has updated its risk assessments of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam – that are currently subject to restrictions in the EU because of the threat they pose to bees. 28th February 2018
View Site

Scientist warn of 'ecological Armageddon' after study shows flying insect numbers plummet 75% over 27 years. October 18, 2017


More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809
Abstract

Global declines in insects have sparked wide interest among scientists, politicians, and the general public. Loss of insect diversity and abundance is expected to provoke cascading effects on food webs and to jeopardize ecosystem services.

View Site

Will Plants and Pollinators Get Out of Sync?

“Pollination is the key event for a plant and for the pollinators in the year. That’s where pollinators get their food, and that’s what determines whether the plant will set fruit. Some species of pollinators have co-evolved with one species of plant, and the two species time their cycles to coincide, for example, insects maturing from larva to adult precisely when nectar flows begin,” says Esaias. There is no guarantee that the thousands of plant-pollinator interactions that sustain the productivity of our crops and natural ecosystems won’t be disrupted by climate change.”
View Site

Bees Have Profound Influence on Plant Evolution, Researchers Say

After only nine generations, the same plant species is larger and more fragrant if pollinated by bumblebees rather than flies, according to University of Zurich evolutionary biologists Florian Schiestl and Daniel Gervasi. Mar 14, 2017.
View Site

Securing pollination to boost farm productivity

Guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption’ – will see the country’s top bee pollination researchers collaborate with industry to investigate re-establishing native vegetation to support pollinator food and nesting resources, and use new technologies to communicate the findings to farmers. The research will focus on nine pollinating-dependent crops: apples, pears, lucerne, almonds, canola, melons, blueberries, raspberries and mangoes. 1 Aug 2017.
View Site

Bees can help boost food security of 2 billion small farmers at no cost - UN

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today highlighted the publication of a new study that quantifies, for the first time, how much crop yields depend on the work of bees that unknowingly fertilize plants as they move from flower to flower.19 Feb 2016
View Site

Microbial Ecology of the Hive & Pollination Landscapes

Exploration of the effect of different flowers microbes on bee gut bacteria and evolution of the species. [17 Dec 2013]
View SIte

Trackers reveal that honeybees forecast the weather to plan their work day

[3 Feb 2016]
View SIte

Vibrating bees tell the state of the hive

[5 Nov 2015]
View Site

Spinning Food

Our new report, “Spinning food,” investigates how Big Food and agrochemical corporations are deliberately misleading the public — and reporters — on facts about industrial agriculture and organic and sustainable food production.
View SIte

Bees prefer foods containing neonicotinoid pesticides

[April 2015]
View Site

Securing Bee Populations in Australia from climate change and varroa mites

A plan to map bee activity and protect South Australian pollination rates has been given a $600,000 boost. September 2015
View Site

Neonicotinoid pesticides

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been found to be particularly toxic to bees and other pollinators in a comprehensive study published June 2014 of over 1,00 peer reviewed scientific studies.
View Site