“Nature / Environment / Critters” December 30th, 2015

Nine items in total…

General: Scientists find gene which makes bacteria resistant to antibiotic defenses – Resistance is thought to have developed because of the mass application of drugs in agriculture, with China being a prime offender… for example, drugs are used to increase the size of animals, a practice that has been banned in the E.U. since 2006

U.S: University of Vermont’s “national bee map” shows how much farmland is at risk – June, 2014 Presidential memorandum states that “over the past few decades, there has been a significant loss of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies”

Belgium: Germany expresses concern about Belgian nuclear plant operational safety – “As long as these reactors that are falling to bits remain online nuclear incidents cannot be ruled out”

Manitoba: Raven ThunderSky, an advocate for people who suffered from illnesses linked to vermiculite insulation, has died of cancer

Canada: Sheldon Jordan leads a group of international crime fighters as chair of the Wildlife Crime Working Group at Interpol

Africa: Two subspecies of African lions are now classed as endangered

Iran: All schools and kindergartens in Tehran closed for two days as pollution reached dangerous levels

Desert Areas: An interesting article on “Felis Margarita” – sand cats – only 116 left worldwide, 36 in the U.S.

Italy: Rome and Milan impose bans on cars and one small town prohibited wood-fired pizza ovens as authorities seek to combat air-pollution