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Pesticides Impacting Bees at “Safe” Levels 
A new study from Britain details damaging effects on bee memory and learning, from a wide range of common pesticides, including neonicotinoids. The concentrations of the pesticides studied fell well within the range commonly found in the agricultural environment. The Smithsonian has the disturbing news: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/safe-levels-pesticide-still-hamper-bees-memory-and-ability-learn-180969612/

EPA Blocks Cancer-Chemical Warnings 
Allegations have surfaced that the Trump administration is suppressing an Environmental Protection Agency report that details major hazards to most Americans from the chemical formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is ubiquitous in modern society, leading to estimates that most Americans are at risk for leukemia and other ailments from exposure. Politico reports: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/06/epa-formaldehyde-warnings-blocked-696628

Retiring Wind Turbines – At What Cost? 
At the same time that wind turbine technology is helping to free us from fossil fuel, there is a largely unrecognized problem developing: what to do when the turbines wear out. It stands to be a costly question to answer. Energy Central News explores the issue: https://www.energycentral.com/news/retiring-worn-out-wind-turbines-could-cost-billions-nobody-has

Changing Finance to Fight a Changing Climate  
There is a fundamental problem with an economic system entirely based on endless growth. As humanity butts up against the limits of our planet and its environment, that model is increasingly looking like a recipe for disaster. The Guardian makes the argument for change: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/nov/05/how-a-new-money-system-could-help-stop-climate-change

Frackers Use Facebook to Bar Protest 
The fracking industry in Britain is using Facebook surveillance to create civil cases against protesters. This involves scouring the platform for any posts, associations, photos, video or fragments of commentary that can be linked to the target, with a goal of restraining his or her activities. I imagine the practice will jump the pond, if it hasn’t already. Motherboard can fill you in: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbj4qb/how-fracking-companies-use-facebook-surveillance-to-ban-protest