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Ignoring Colony Collapse Disorder

Bees pollinate a third of our food supply—they don’t just make honey!—but colonies have been disappearing at alarming rates in many parts of the world due to the accumulated effects of parasitic mites, viral and bacterial diseases, and exposure to pesticides and herbicides.” – Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota, Professor of Entomology

 

Ignoring Colony Collapse Disorder will put humankind in grave danger, explains Spivak in the below TED Talk, if we lose bees–the pollinators for a third of the fruits and vegetables we consume as food. They’ve been dying off at a significant rate over the last 50 years–after 50 million years of evolution. Twenty years ago, in the United States we were losing approximately 15% of bees per year. As of 2013, that annual rate of loss has increased to 30%.

 

Spivak attributes this loss to multiple, interacting causes of death, including: pesticides, disease parasites, monocultures, and flowerless landscapes.

 

She also offers hope. Offered as an imperative, if each of us plant bee-friendly flowers–bee food!–and avoid using pesticides, we can increase the chance for survival of bees–they’re the pollinators of the food we eat to survive!

 

Have a watch at this illuminating, informative TED Talk by Marla Spivak to learn more about why bees are disappearing and what their loss would mean to humankind.

 

 

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Irresponsible Water Waste

If you’ve lived in Atlanta for a number of years, you probably recall water rationing efforts during years of drought. You remember that you wouldn’t dream of turning on your lawn sprinkler system during banned days—even if it meant that expensive, gorgeous blanket of green in front of your home was condemned to a degree of browning.

 

Some things are just more important than a beautiful yard and stunning water features—one being an ample supply of potable water for all of a city’s citizens.

 

Last year, California authorities voted to levy fines of up to $500 for wasteful behavior—like using a hose to wash a car without a shut-off nozzle or using drinkable water in certain decorative water features. There are countless other similar measures happening across the country!

 

So…what can we do as individuals to reduce water waste in our homes? Here are a few tips:

  • Turn faucets completely off to avoid drips
  • Repair leaky faucets
  • Update the aerator on your faucet
  • Replace toilets manufactured prior to 1992
  • Install high-efficiency shower heads
  • Install water-efficient appliances (dishwasher, washing machine)
  • Turn your yard into a GreenScape

 

Click here for a more complete list of water conservation ideas from the EPA.

 

Share with us in the comments section what you do to conserve water or reduce water waste.

 

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