Every week we share interesting stories about the environment. This is our third edition.
Walmart Takes a Stand to Help Save the Bees
By 2025, Walmart aims to source 100% of its fresh produce and flowers from suppliers who use an Integrated Pest Management system.
"We are also encouraging fresh produce suppliers to phase out use of chlorpyrifos and nitroguanidine neonicotinoids pesticides.."
Walmart will also encourage fresh produce suppliers to "protect, restore or establish pollinator habitats by 2025 on at least 3% of the land they own operate and/or invest in and report annual progress."
Let's hope this action encourages other grocery retailers to take the same action!
Honeybees Create 'Scent Maps' to Locate the Queen
A study published in the National Academy of Sciences has found that honeybees use olfactory communication to relay the queen's pheromones beyond the hive.
The queen's messaging includes caste recognition, regulating foraging activities, nursing instructions, and alarm broadcasting. Foraging workers also use the pheromone network to find their way back to the hive.
Indian Rhino Populations on the Rise in Nepal
Rare greater one-horned rhino (or "Indian rhino") populations continue to grow in Nepal. At the beginning of the 1900s, Indian rhino populations in Nepal plummeted to as low as 200, mostly from overhunting.
Today, there are around 3,700 greater one-horned rhinos roaming northeastern India and Nepal. The World Wildlife Fund notes the species' revival as one of Asia's greatest conservation success stories.
New Frog Species Discovered in the Peruvian Amazon
The National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) announced the discovery of a new species of marsupial frog in the Peruvian Amazon.
The Gratrotheca gemma is green in color with beautiful turquoise eyes. We hope to learn more about this amphibian over the coming months and years.
Fossil Reveals Diet of Cretaceous Pollinator
Researchers from the University of Bristol and the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS) have been sifting through fossilized beetle poop to learn more about the ancient pollinator's diet.
"The beetle is associated with clusters of pollen grains, suggesting that short-winged flower beetles visited angiosperms in the Cretaceous. Some aspects of the beetle's anatomy, such as its hairy abdomen, are also adaptations associated with pollination,"
Professor Chenyang Cai, a paleontologist from the School of Earth Sciences and NIGPAS.
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