Bill to Reinstate Obama Pesticide Ban Ignores Science

By Paul Driessen – Re-Blogged From WUWT

House legislation to ban neonicotinoids in wildlife refuges would hurt bees and wildlife

The battle over neonicotinoid pesticides rages on. In response to one of many collusive sue-and-settle lawsuits between environmentalist groups and Obama environmental officials, in 2014 the Department of the Interior’s Fish & Wildlife Service banned neonic use in wildlife refuges.

Following a careful review of extensive scientific studies, the Trump Interior Department concluded that neonics are safe for humans, bees, other wildlife and the environment. In August 2018 it reversed the ban.

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What’s Natural? A Look at Wildfires

By Jim Steele – Re-Blogged From WUWT

What’s Natural?

A Look at Wildfires

In early December I surveyed the horrific Camp Fire disaster in Paradise. Having been director for 25 years of a university field station located in the heart of the Tahoe National Forest, I’ve been a “student” of fire ecology for 30 years and wanted a closer look at why row after row of homes completely incinerated while surrounding trees were merely scorched, with leaves and needles browned but not burnt?

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Large fires have recently ravaged about 1.8 million California acres a year, prompting media and politicians to proclaim a “new normal” that’s “evidence of global warming”. But UC Berkeley fire ecologists have calculated that before 1800, fires burned 4 million California acres each year (despite cooler temperatures). So what natural fire dynamics promote such extensive burning?

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Wind farms are the ‘new apex predators’: Blades kill off 75% of buzzards, hawks and kites that live nearby, study shows

By Harry Pettit – Re-Blogged From Daily Mail

  • Predatory bird numbers are four times higher in areas away from win turbines
  • This is having a devastating ‘ripple effect’ across the food chain
  • It means numbers of certain small animals are growing unchecked

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Standing in the Flames of a Prescribed Burn

By Seeker – Re-Blogged From https://www.seeker.com

To prevent mega-wildfires from spiraling out of control, technicians set landscapes ablaze on purpose.

Wildfires have become increasingly intense and dangerous, burning millions of acres annually and costing billions to control nationwide. Wildfire severity has been on the rise thanks to a decades long policy of fire suppression; essentially putting out any and all natural fires, no exceptions. This stance has resulted in a surprisingly unintended effect.  Landscapes are now choked with trees, grass, and shrubs, essentially fuel for a mega fire.