Drought Map for July 8th 2014

Extinctions in 20 Year From Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Can anything/anyone stop this? There’s only 20 years until extinction for many of these bird species… this is heart-stoppingly scary.

“Pesticides don’t just kill pests. New research out of the Netherlands provides compelling evidence linking a widely used class of insecticides to population declines across 14 species of birds.

“Those insecticides, called neonicotinoids, have been in the news lately due to the way they hurt bees and other pollinators. (Related: “The Plight of the Honeybee.”)

“This new paper, published online Wednesday in Nature, gets at another angle of the story – the way these chemicals can indirectly affect other creatures in the ecosystem.