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U.S. Beekeepers Lost 40% of Their Colonies 
The last year has been brutal for honeybees and their keepers, with American apiarists reporting they have lost 40 percent of their colonies. These are troubling losses, especially given the intense effort underway to protect the bees. The Guardian reports: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/19/us-beekeepers-lost-40-of-honeybee-colonies-over-past-year-survey-finds

Skin Bacteria Gives Hope Against Deadly Frog Diseases 
Amphibian populations have, for some time, been under assault from a variety of pathogens. Recent studies of frog populations have given new hope that infection rates can be staunched when the frogs have the right skin bacteria. The BBC has the story (with rich photos): https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48707650

Forensic Veterinary Pathology and Climate Change 
As the ice retreats and the permafrost thaws, animals in Alaska are turning up with freakish pathologies. Kathy Burek, veterinary pathologist, is on the front lines in identifying and dealing with the developing threats to wildlife. Outside magazine, (via Pocket), has her story: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-detective-of-northern-oddities?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Oregon’s Climate Bill: The Politicians Getting Big-Polluter Bucks 
As I’m sure you heard, Oregon’s proposed legislation to fight our state’s carbon footprint failed in the legislature, this year. The Oregonian dug into the records to determine which politicians benefited the most from campaign donations originating with groups hostile to the bill. You may be surprised at who made the list: https://expo.oregonlive.com/news/g66l-2019/06/885b66848a3905/polluters-hit-by-oregon-climate-bill-gave-big-koch-industries-was-one-of-the-biggest.html

 

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