Biodiversity

Seed Saving in the Great Lakes

The earth’s environment is constantly changing. Extreme weather patterns, over-exploited ecosystems, lost habitats, and human carelessness constantly threaten the stability of plant biodiversity. As data becomes more widely available to understand and address global climate issues, many innovators are focusing on conservation and sustainability practices. Conservation techniques, like the creation of seed banks and exchange [...]

Can Tech Save the Honeybees?

Since the 1990s, the disappearance and the decline of the global honey bee population has been a crucial concern for beekeepers, environmentalists, scientists, and the food industry. In the United States alone, beekeepers lost 33% of their colonies in the year ending April 2017. An extinction of honey bees would be catastrophic, destabilizing important ecosystems [...]

Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

Global climate change is already taking visible tolls on our environment. From melting ice caps to superstorms, its severe implications for our environment are changing our everyday world. Every region will be affected by the crisis differently. In the Great Lakes region, climate change will have profound short and long-term effects not only on the [...]

The Cancer of The Great Lakes

In honor of Great Lakes Week, I’ve chosen to highlight environmental and conservation issues affecting the Great Lakes Coastal Region in this blog post. Collectively, the five Great Lakes--Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Ontario--provide drinking water to more than 35 million people across eight states and two Canadian provinces, including [...]

A Spotlight on Urban Pollinators

Shortly before the holiday season, the Pratt Manhattan Gallery launched “Nectar: War Upon the Bees,” a visual exhibit which explores the destructive impact that our food production industry has on these important insects. The show examines the disruptive effect of current food industry practices which are threatening the valuable role of pollinators in our agricultural [...]

2017-06-19T15:24:39+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Bees, Biodiversity, Blog, Conservation, Sustainability|0 Comments

David Kinnear: For Bees, The Struggle Is Real

On October 3rd, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bee will be put on the endangered species list. Researchers hope the bees' endangered status will raise awareness and urgency surrounding their threatened existence. That bees now have federal protection in the U.S. is a positive development. And yet, [...]

2017-06-19T15:24:42+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Bees, Biodiversity, Blog, Conservation, David Kinnear|0 Comments