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Farmers Paid Billions to Save It, Let Soil Blow Away 
Efforts to protect the delicate soils of Dust Bowl country are being undermined by economic opportunism. As a result, soils are being lost and dust storms are on the rise. NPR has troubling story: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/06/07/531894461/u-s-pays-farmers-billions-to-save-the-soil-but-its-blowing-away

Birds & Bees Battle for Nesting Amid Habitat Loss 
Research suggests that early nesting species are getting the jump on competitors, dominating available nesting areas, and driving some of the differences in species declines. The BBC reports: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40260319

Southern Resident Orca Pregnancies Failing 
Studying the hormone residues in orca feces, scientists were able to determine two-thirds of the Puget Sound’s Southern Resident community’s pregnancies fail. A lack of food appears to be the prime culprit, but pollution is thought to play a role, as well. The Smithsonian elaborates: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-thirds-southern-resident-orca-pregnancies-fail-180963884/

Large Study Shows Neonics Harm Bees 
The largest study of its kind so far, in Europe, concluded that neonicotinoid pesticides are harmful to wild and honey bees. The chemical industry, however, is resisting the findings. The BBC has more: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40382086

 

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