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Yesterday was the final day of the Sustainable Brands conference and I (Miro) got to spend my morning on the rooftop of the GM headquarters in Detroit checking out the hives of honeybees that call it home. Detroit nonprofit, Bees in the D partners with residents, schools, and businesses to contribute to the health of honeybee colonies and also teach Detroiters to be beekeepers. Detroit’s growth of urban farms and green spaces has provided more habitat for honeybees and the hives provide the city’s verdant parks the pollination they require in addition to instilling a sense of pollinator conservation in locals. Bee fact of the day: the all-female worker bees literally work themselves to death after about 40 days while the male drones pretty much don’t do anything except for trying to mate with the queen once in their lives. Thanks for nothing guys!
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In the first two months of 2021, more manatees have died than in the first two months of 2020 and 2019 combined, totaling an estimated 350 animals. Despite recently passed protections for Florida’s seagrasses, a crucial part of the ecosystem that supports manatees, the sea cows are starving at higher rates and experts worry this […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As the world warms, it’s not just people who are feeling the heat. Bats are also susceptible to extreme heat, and overheated bat boxes can be “a death trap,” the Guardian reports. In the wild, bats move between rock and tree crevices in search of a perfectly moderated temperature. […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new report entitled The World’s Forgotten Fishes from the World Wildlife Fund has found that there has been a “catastrophic” decline in freshwater fish, with nearly a third of all freshwater fish species coming perilously close to extinction. The statistics paint a sobering picture: 26% of all critically […]
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