Indigenous Bees.

Australian Indigenous Bees

Simon MulvanyMelbourne, Australia

JUL 10, 2020 — 

Australian artist has put together an indigenous bee poster for all states in Australia.

Australia has over 1500 native bees the majority are solitary bees. This means unlike the honeybee they live alone or in small families.

Some indigenous bees like the blue banded bee are superior pollinators as they are able to utilise buzz pollination. Some flowers hide their pollen inside tiny capsules. A Blue Banded Bee can grasp a flower of this type and shiver her flight muscles, causing the pollen to shoot out of the capsule. She can then collect the pollen for her nest and carry it from flower to flower, pollinating the flowers. Quite a few of our native Australian flowers require buzz pollination 

I have found the poster to be a great educational tool that fill children with curiosity, ,awe ,wonder and knowledge. 

I would like to think every Australian would have an opportunity of learning about these bees.

Please support Australia’s indigenous bees and local Australian artist by buying a poster.

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A quote rrom E.B. White.

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for humans if we spent less time proving we can out smart Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.


FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Bayer said it had agreed to delay a proposed settlement to deal with future claims relating to allegations that its widely used weedkiller Roundup caused cancer after a U.S. judge questioned the plan.

The German company said on Tuesday that lawyers representing those preparing a class action had withdrawn a request for court approval of the $1.25 billion scheme, part of a broader $10.9 billion agreement to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits related to Roundup.

“The withdrawal will enable the parties to more comprehensively address the questions recently raised by Federal District Court Judge Vince Chhabria of the Northern District of California who presides over the federal Roundup litigation,” Bayer said in a statement.

Last month Bayer agreed to pay as much as $10.9 billion to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits related to Roundup.

(Reporting by Keith Weir; Editing by Arno Schuetze)

From the Sydney Morning Herald.

Bayer will keep selling its weed killer Roundup in Australia and fight local litigation against the product, despite agreeing to pay up to $US10.9 billion ($15.8 billion) to settle tens of thousands of claims in the US alleging it causes cancer.

Executives from the company’s US and Australian operations vigorously defended glyphosate-based weed killers on Thursday, saying the product was safe to use and backed by a large body of scientific evidence collected around the world.

German company Bayer has vigorously defended Roundup despite agreeing to settle thousands of cases against the weed spray in the US.
German company Bayer has vigorously defended Roundup despite agreeing to settle thousands of cases against the weed spray in the US.CREDIT:AP

“What I want to make clear is we continue to proudly stand behind the safety and utility of our products, and our commitment to offer them to farmers and other users in Australia and around the world,” said Brett Begemann, chief operating officer of Bayer’s crop science division.

“The decision to resolve these cases was driven by our desire to bring greater certainty to farmers we serve every day,” he said.


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Electronic waste.

As I progress through my down sizing of my library and bits and pieces I am surprised at my own electronic waste, especially cameras which have failed or I left out in the rain. I have tried to get Cannon to repair one camera but no response.

$10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN

A fast growing mountain of toxic e-waste is polluting the planet and damaging health, says new report

Damian Carrington Environment editor @dpcarrington

Fri 3 Jul 2020 00.01 AESTLast modified on Fri 3 Jul 2020 00.23 AEST

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 A worker at an electronic and electric equipment recycling and reuse plant, belonging to Ecopolis Corporation, in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Tass

At least $10bn (£7.9bn) worth of gold, platinum and other precious metals are dumped every year in the growing mountain of electronic waste that is polluting the planet, according to a new UN report.

A record 54m tonnes of “e-waste” was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in five years, the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor report found. The 2019 figure is equivalent to 7.3kg for every man, woman and child on Earth, though use is concentrated in richer nations. The amount of e-waste is rising three times faster than the world’s population, and only 17% of it was recycled in 2019.

Electronic and electrical goods, from phones and computers to refrigerators and kettles, have become indispensable in modern societies and enhance lives. But they often contain toxic chemicals, and soaring production and waste damages human health and the environment, and fuels the climate crisis.

The report blames lack of regulation and the short lifespan of products that are hard or impossible to repair. Experts called the situation a “wholly preventable global scandal”.

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Maurice Blackburn.


Australia’s agriculture minister says Roundup is safe after $16bn US cancer lawsuit

Bayer’s US settlement over Monsanto’s weedkiller has given hope to litigants in Australia

Australian Associated Press

Thu 25 Jun 2020 15.11 AEST



Monsanto’s Roundup spray. The pesticides giant Bayer has agreed overnight to pay up to US$16bn to settle about 95,000 cases claiming the weedkiller caused cancer.
 Monsanto’s Roundup spray. The pesticides giant Bayer has agreed overnight to pay up to US$16bn to settle about 95,000 cases claiming the weedkiller caused cancer. Photograph: Régis Duvignau/Reuters

Australia’s agriculture minister insists the common weedkiller Roundup is safe after its manufacturer agreed to pay almost $16bn to settle cancer lawsuits in the US.

The pesticides giant Bayer agreed overnight to pay up to US$10.9bn (A$15.8bn) to settle about 95,000 cases claiming Roundup caused cancer.

The agriculture minister, David Littleproud, said labelling standards in the US were different to those in Australia.

Bayer agrees to $10.9bn settlement over Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup

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“Our regulations and our regulatory reform has been as robust as anyone else in the world,” he told reporters in Brisbane on Thursday.

He said he was confident the government’s agricultural chemical regulator, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, had provided the right directions.

“I’m confident that if Australians continue to use it as per the label, it is perfectly safe,” Littleproud said.

Bayer has repeatedly said Roundup is safe and important to farmers who use the herbicide.

But the decision by Roundup’s German manufacturer has given hope to litigants in Australia.

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Maurice Blackburn is leading one of a number of Australia class actions against Bayer, claiming the herbicide causes certain types of cancers, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The law firm’s national head of class actions, Andrew Watson, said the US settlement had no direct impact on the Australian cases because it was made without admission of liability.

“But obviously it is very welcome news that the company has decided to settle the US litigation,” Watson told ABC TV on Thursday.

“What we would urge and hope is that the company takes a similarly sensible approach to the litigation on behalf of those Australians who have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of their exposure.”

The legal disputes over Roundup were inherited with Bayer’s $US63bn takeover of Monsanto in 2018.

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In May, the federal court gave the go-ahead for the Maurice Blackburn class action to be heard before any other class action about Roundup.Advertisement

The firm alleges Monsanto was negligent in selling glyphosate-based Roundup products “which they knew (or ought to have known) could cause cancer”.

Last year, Victorian landscape gardener Michael Ogalirolo, 54, launched legal action against Bayer after he developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

In a writ filed in the Victorian supreme court, he said had regularly used Roundup between 1997 and 2019 and now suffered chest pain, shortness of breath, depression and anxiety.

“The defendant knew or ought to have known the use of Roundup products were dangerous for the plaintiff to use and capable of causing serious injury … in particular causing DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells, cancer, kidney disease, infertility and nerve damage, among other devastating illnesses,” the writ said.

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Bayer reaches over $10 billion settlement in Roundup cancer lawsuits



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Roundup weed killing products are offered for sale at a home improvement store on May 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

Roundup weed killing products are offered for sale at a home improvement store on May 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.Scott Olson | Getty Images

Bayer will pay more than $10 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits regarding claims that its herbicide Roundup causes cancer, the company announced Wednesday.

Monsanto, which Bayer bought in 2018, lost a lawsuit that same year brought by a school groundskeeper who claimed its weedkiller had caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since then, thousands of U.S. lawsuits have been filed against the company.

Bayer CEO Werner Baumann called the decision to settle the lawsuits the right one in order to end a long period of uncertainty.

“The decision to resolve the Roundup litigation enables us to focus fully on the critical supply of health care and food,” he said in statement. “It will also return the conversation about the safety and utility of glyphosate-based herbicides to the scientific and regulatory arena and to the full body of science.”

The settlement, however, does not contain any admission of wrongdoing or liability.

Bayer will pay $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion to settle existing lawsuits and then another $1.25 billion that will cover any potential litigation in the future, the company said in a press release Wednesday.

Kenneth Feinberg, a court-appointed mediator for the settlement, called the deal a “constructive and reasonable” resolution.

“The significant progress made to date — which exceeds the initial participation rates of other claims resolution proceedings — provides a robust framework that will enable the parties to bring closure to the current Roundup litigation in due course,” he said in the statement from Bayer.

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Bee kill off.

Bees continued to be poisoned in Australia and Overseas

Simon MulvanyMelbourne, Australia

JUN 22, 2020 — 

The incident in the picture took place near the villages of Chkalovo and Zeleny Gay in the district of Vesele in the northern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia Oblast.

According to local media, the beekeeper found the thousands of dead insects on the morning of 11th May.

Council official Dmitry Maystro admitted that chemicals were used to spray local rapeseed fields at night between the 10th and 11th May.

He wrote on Facebook: “Local beekeepers were not informed about the planned crop spraying in time and therefore they were unable to protect their hives.”

Similar collapses have occurred in South Australia and Victoria in the last month where a several beekeepers filed a complaints after millions of bees were killed because of spaying.

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MY BEES HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO PESTICIDE, UPDATE : REPORT OF 2 MORE HIVES IN THE AREA IN THE SAME STATE AS MINE Very sorry for showing upsetting emotion, when others have it worst at the moment… But a hive of mine have been exposed to chemicals. I am NOT seeking for financial compensation for the perpetuators, but I am seeking for evidence of what they've been exposed to. We have 2 potentials accidents in hypothesis… Both could be rectified prior of accident happens. 1. Few trees on council land had to be cut down, but 2 of them had bees inside. One got powdered with poison to kill the bees inside… 1 week later the hive started to get robbed… When the hive had been sprayed in the first place. 2. Fruit fly spraying happening all over the place here at the momentThere is inside of the of the fruit fly spraying chemicals highly dangerous to bees. I really don't think it is a act of vandalism. And I am wanting to start implying guilines as to what we can do to help our backyard bees, but also our native bees, here in Australia 🇦🇺 I have set up a go fund me page to help with the cost, link below or in bio! Please help! Much love to you all MADEMOISELLE BEE . #urbanbeekeeping #beehive #beekeeper #girlboss #savethebees #adelaide #australia #honeybee #honey #rawhoney #foodporn #bee #mentoringadelaide #queenbee #backyardbeekeeping #rooftop #abeille #miel #ruche #apiculture #beekeeping #pollen #flower #love #beefood #podcast #humansofbeekeeping #supportsmallbusiness #buylocal

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Last year, it is estimated that over 40,000 hives were affected by crop spraying in the Ukraine, causing damages of 120 million UAH (3.6 million GBP), according to reports.


#fipronil #glyphosate #neonicotinoids


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what we eat.

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No surprise.

Pandemics such as coronavirus are the result of humanity’s destruction of nature, according to leaders at the UN, WHO and WWF International, and the world has been ignoring this stark reality for decades.

The illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade as well as the devastation of forests and other wild places were still the driving forces behind the increasing number of diseases leaping from wildlife to humans, the leaders told the Guardian.

 Coronavirus is a warning to us to mend our broken relationship with nature

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They are calling for a green and healthy recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular by reforming destructive farming and unsustainable diets.

WWF report, also published on Wednesday, warns: “The risk of a new [wildlife-to-human] disease emerging in the future is higher than ever, with the potential to wreak havoc on health, economies and global security.”

WWF’s head in the UK said post-Brexit trade deals that fail to protect nature would leave Britain “complicit in increasing the risk of the next pandemic”.

High-level figures have issued a series of warnings since March, with the world’s leading biodiversity experts saying even more deadly disease outbreaks are likely in future unless the rampant destruction of the natural world is rapidly halted.

Earlier in June, the UN environment chief and a leading economist said Covid-19 was an “SOS signal for the human enterprise” and that current economic thinking did not recognise that human wealth depends on nature’s health.

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Victors always write their view of history.


13 June 2020

Planet Watch: Is hydrogen the fuel of the future?

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