Bee pollinating flower

EU bans bee-harming pesticides, California’s human-powered gym

This week’s optimistic environmental news (4/27/2018):

  • 2018 Goldman environmental prize – the winners in pictures – “From an anti-nuclear court ruling in South Africa to a campaign that nudged the Vietnamese government from coal to renewable energy, the winners of the world’s leading environmental prize are all grassroots activists who have taken on powerful vested interests.”
  • EU agrees total ban on bee-harming pesticides – “Bees and other insects are vital for global food production as they pollinate three-quarters of all crops. The plummeting numbers of pollinators in recent years has been blamed, in part, on the widespread use of pesticides. The EU banned the use of neonicotinoids on flowering crops that attract bees, such as oil seed rape, in 2013.”
  • This California gym is powered by people as they work out – “According to the gym, one cycling class produces enough energy to run two of its fridges for 24 hours. The savings were immediately noticeable – the business’ electric bill went from $680 per month to just $30.”
  • Organic Agriculture Is Going Mainstream, But Not the Way You Think It Is – “New research…suggests that the relationship between organic and conventional farming is more complex. The flow of influence is starting to reverse course. Practitioners of conventional agriculture are now borrowing ‘organic’ techniques to reduce the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers and excessive tillage, and to increase on-farm biodiversity, beneficial insects and soil conservation.”
  • Michael Bloomberg pledges $4.5m for Paris deal – “His charity, Bloomberg Philanthropies, offered $15m to cover a separate climate change shortfall last year. It said the money would go to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).”

About Patrick Metzger

Patrick is the founder of The New Climate. He is a writer, product manager, and musician. He grew up in Chattanooga, TN and now lives in Beacon, NY.