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Artificial Light Threatens Pollination 
Lights at night are causing dramatic reductions in nighttime pollination. While not as well known as diurnal pollinators, such as honeybees, nocturnal pollinators are important to many wild plants and crops. Pollinators are declining, worldwide, at the same time the use of artificial lights at night is steadily increasing. The BBC reports: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40803960

Pets Big Contributors to Global Warming 
Researchers at UCLA have quantified the impacts that feeding dogs and cats meat-based diets has on the environment. It isn’t pretty. The Hollywood Patch gives its take: https://patch.com/california/hollywood/fido-fluffy-are-hurting-environment-ucla-study-says

Government Climate Report Outed 
In case you missed it, a draft of a mandated, federal, multi-agency report on climate was unofficially published, last month. The report takes a disquieting view of the situation and the prospects, a view at odds with the current administration in Washington, many note. Ars Technica has a readable treatment of the matter: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/us-government-scientists-finish-climate-study-will-it-be-published/

Weed-killer, Dicambra, Under Fire 
Monsanto’s “miracle” herbicide, dicambra, is implicated in a growing number of instances where crops and other non-pest plants have been adversely affected. The issue appears to stem from the pesticides tendency to drift far from the application site. The Oregonian looks into the issue, with some depth: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2017/08/the_miracle_weed_killer_meant.html#incart_river_index

At the same time, dicambra’s usage instructions are drawing criticism for being complex and confusing. Reuters has that story: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pesticides-labels/u-s-farmers-confused-by-monsanto-weed-killers-complex-instructions-idUSKCN1B110K

And, on another front, Monsanto emails more than suggest the corporation was gaming the research on Roundup, another product under scrutiny for toxic effects on the environment and human health. The New York Times has coverage: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/business/monsantos-sway-over-research-is-seen-in-disclosed-emails.html