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Flying Insect Decline Sparks Alarm 
Although bees have been the poster children for the problem, virtually all flying insects appear to have suffered precipitous declines, worldwide, in recent decades. The ramifications are truly troubling, especially since no one seems to know exactly what is going on. The BBC looks at the issue: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41670472

Neonics Found in Most Honey 
A recent sampling of honey from around the world found traces of neonicotinoid pesticides in a whopping 75% of them. Worse, in a third of them the amounts found were thought to be detrimental to the bees. The BBC covers the story: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41512791

The Nile: A Dying River 
The Nile River is one of Earth’s most renowned waterways. It’s history stretches across the millennia, while it’s waters are vital to a wide swath of Africa, its economy, and its people. It is also a river in deep ecological trouble. The BBC has a lavishly illustrated exposé on the issues, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/death_of_the_nile

Using Birds to Measure Air Pollution 
Ornithological specimens have been collected and kept in the US over most of its history. Now, scientists are using such specimens to investigate the evolution of air pollution in the nation. Soot collects in the avians’ feathers, giving scientists snapshots of the conditions when the bird was collected. The BBC explains, along with some striking photographic evidence: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/video-captures-african-sand-cat-kittens-first-time-180965236/