Today’s Solutions: May 22, 2024

Bees pollinating

Colorado drafts bill to save its bees

Did you know that bees and other insects like them pollinate nearly three-quarters of the plants that produce 90 percent of the world’s food? Bees are a small insect that play a big role in their environments. They work to improve plant life, biodiversity, and even our own food supply.  A Read More...

bee approaches new bee friendly bricks

Brighton passes buzz-worthy law requiring bee bricks

The city of Brighton and Hove in England have introduced a new planning law worth buzzing about—the law requires new buildings to include special bricks that have little nests for solitary bees. The Brighton & Hove Council’s policy specifies that all new buildings over five meters tall Read More...

Beekeeper investigating frame with queen cells on apiary in the afternoon rays of setting sun

Beekeepers and airports join forces to save pollinators

Back in 2012, Ben Shertzer, wildlife administrator at Pittsburgh International Airport, found himself dealing with a perplexing problem: swarming bees. The bees would land on the winglets of an aircraft, which interrupts refueling and baggage loading, or they would obscure lights on the taxiways, Read More...

A group of purple wildflowers next to an array of solar panels

This is how solar parks could be used to boost pollinator numbers

While solar parks are an integral part of our green energy transition, they are sometimes the subject of controversy over claims that they are an eyesore, spoil productive land, and harm nature. However, a new study has found that, if managed properly, solar parks can actually help provide habitats Read More...

Colony of bees swarming a man's hand

Descendents of native British bees found on Oxfordshire estate

An astonishing discovery has been made in the ancient British woodlands of Blenheim Palace. Bee conservationist Filipe Salbany recently found 50 colonies of bees which are believed to be the descendants of indigenous wild honeybees which used to forage the English countryside. Previously, Read More...

Honey bee pollinating blossoming cherry tree

When bees can't get to crops, these robots step in

Colony collapse disorder, harmful pesticides, and climate change have all contributed to the global decline of bee species. This is not only an urgent biodiversity problem but also an issue for our global food systems since a lot of our crops rely on these little insects for pollination. Produce Read More...

St Andrews University embraces

St Andrews University embraces pollinator-friendly rewilding on campus

If you visit St. Andrews University in Scotland, you will probably be impressed by the beautiful campus, but the university is going above and beyond to make its grounds even more impressive by transitioning its lawns into pollinator-friendly meadows. The Urban Meadows for Pollinators Project Read More...

The “Butterfly Effect

The "Butterfly Effect" is designed to help insects cross roads safely

Most drivers have had the unpleasant experience of witnessing an insect or two splat against your windshield while you’re driving down the highway. Well, as unpleasant as it may be for those of us behind the wheel, it is undoubtedly more unpleasant for the bug. Dutch design studio VenhoevenCS, Read More...

How an 11-year-old from Illino

How an 11-year-old from Illinois helped create a bill to protect pollinators

After learning that bees in her neighborhood were being wiped out by mosquito pesticides, 11-year-old Illinois resident Scarlett Harper didn’t hesitate to take action by launching a campaign to save them. Not afraid of bees or asking lawmakers to support a bill protecting the vital pollinators, Read More...

Colombia declared home of the

Colombia declared home of the most butterfly species in the world

A new study released by the Natural History Museum in London has just dubbed Colombia the world’s official butterfly paradise. The country of Colombia is home to some of the richest biodiversity on the planet, including approximately 20 percent of the world’s butterfly species. An Read More...