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Pollinators Notch Big Wins in Minnesota

Expert BlogSt. PaulLucas Rhoads

In a historic 2023 session, Minnesota reined in pesticide use, increased pollinator habitat, and built momentum toward additional protections. 

Cal. Gov. Shuts One Door on Neonic Cuts, but Opens Another

Expert BlogCaliforniaLucas Rhoads

California Governor Gavin Newsom has vetoed AB 2146, a bill that would have prohibited harmful and unnecessary non-agricultural uses of neonic pesticides. But the Governor has tasked the Department of Pesticide Regulation with a review of these home and garden…

Will Bees Get a Break? Neonic Bill Sent to Cal. Governor

Expert BlogCaliforniaLucas Rhoads
In the six months between the AB 2146's introduction and its passage by the legislature, concerns about impacts of neonics on human health have continued to mount. It is clearer than ever that California must act.

EPA Must Reassess the Risks of Glyphosate: 3 Things to Know

Expert BlogUnited StatesLucas Rhoads

In a victory for monarchs, ecosystems, and the countless people across the country regularly exposed to harmful glyphosate products, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down the EPA's reapproval of this common herbicide. 

EPA Can't Ignore Neonics’ Impacts on Imperiled Species

Expert BlogUnited StatesLucas Rhoads
NRDC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have entered into a settlement agreement requiring EPA to evaluate the impacts of bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides on species listed as threatened or endangered.

Iowa Group Protects Bee Habitat Amid ESA Battle

Expert BlogIowa, MidwestLucas Rhoads
While NRDC and our partners are in court fighting to win habitat protections for the endangered rusty patched bumble bee, the Bur Oak Land Trust is also taking matters into its own hands.

New Jersey Enacts Groundbreaking Neonic Legislation

Expert BlogNew JerseyLucas Rhoads
New Jersey has enacted legislation that significantly curtails use of neonicotinoid pesticides, or "neonics," insect-killers that are a leading cause of mass bee losses, contribute to declines in birds and other wildlife, and pose risks to human health.

Services Move to Restore ESA Protections—But More Needed

Expert BlogUnited StatesLucas Rhoads

The Biden Administration has proposed to reverse two Trump-era rules that undermined habitat protections for species listed under the Endangered Species Act. While this is a significant step in the right direction, there is more work to be done to…

Pristine Prairie, Home to Endangered Bee, May Be Destroyed

Expert BlogIllinoisLucas Rhoads

An airport expansion threatens to wipe out a population of the once-common, now endangered, rusty patched bumble bee. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's failure to protect the bee's habitat is partly to blame.

The Biodiversity Crisis Is HERE: 5 Ways Biden Can Stop It

Expert BlogUnited StatesHelen O'Shea, Lucas Rhoads, Elly Pepper

There is no time to waste—we learned that 23 species are lost forever. So many more are on the brink. We must act now. Our children and all future generations are depending on us.

EPA: Neonic Likely Harms Nearly 80% of Listed Species

Expert BlogUnited StatesLucas Rhoads

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that 1,445 endangered and threatened species are likely harmed by imidacloprid, a pesticide commonly used throughout the nation.

The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Needs Another Legal Win

Expert BlogUnited StatesLucas Rhoads
NRDC is headed to court again to protect critical habitat for the endangered rusty patched bumble bee. The bee, other pollinators, and the future of our food supply depend on it.

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