In Britain, southern European honeybees filled the void after the native honeybee was practically wiped out by a virus 100 years ago. Bibba has long argued that pure-race native bees are desirable for biodiversity, and in 1997 began a project to conserve the black bee. Yet of the 250,000 hives across the UK today, less than 1% are still likely to house black bees. … [Read more...] about Black honeybees rediscovered in Britain
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“Chinese leaders argue that the ultimate goal of western governments is to use their NGOs to orchestrate the collapse of the Chinese Communist party,” said Julia Famularo, a research affiliate at the Project 2049 Institute, an Arlington, Virginia-based thinktank. “Leaders in Beijing and Moscow will do whatever it takes to prevent potential colour revolutions from undermining social stability and threatening regime longevity.” … [Read more...] about NGOs in China fear clampdown as Xi Jinping plans new security controls
Amazon was unable to say how much money it has channelled to all of the registered Narconon charities – although it is understood no funds have yet been passed to the UK-based branch – but it opens up a potentially lucrative new revenue stream. As of July 2019, AmazonSmile has generated more than £110m worldwide for charities and over £1.9m in the UK. An Amazon spokesman said: “The Charity Commission is the official charity regulator in England and Wales. If an organisation no longer has charitable status – for whatever reason – and has been removed from the commission’s register, we will also remove them from the AmazonSmile programme.” … [Read more...] about Amazon to donate to drug charity linked to Scientology
There is a serious point to the Puma Project’s research and the work of their counterparts across the state. Mountain lions, known as pumas, cougars, panthers or brown tigers depending on where you are in the western hemisphere, are fabled, secretive carnivores. Feared, persecuted and hunted in every US state where they are found, apart from California, the animal is rarely dangerous to humans and barely seen. Although, as a community in the Simi Hills were reminded in December when a dog was killed, mountain lions do prey on pets. … [Read more...] about Can there be a Hollywood ending for the ‘Brad Pitt of mountain lions’?
Robin Moritz, coordinator of an EU research network on Beekeeping and Apis Biodiversity in Europe (Babe) from 2001 to 2003, says a bee adapted to colder climates may fare better at fighting off fungal infections that germinate when bees are confined to their hive for months at a time. He says: "If we create a pan-European bee, it will be difficult to get back to the original subspecies that had adapted to particular habitats and climates. Commercial selection is directly opposite to what natural selection would achieve." … [Read more...] about Winged saviour