|Insecticide regulators ignoring risk to bees, say MPs|
The Guardian [UK] - 12/12/2012. By Damian Carrington – The safety of the world's most widely used insecticide has been questioned by a parliamentary inquiry, with MPs accusing regulators of "turning a blind eye" to the risk for bees.
|UMass Amherst Climate Modelers See Possible Warmer, Wetter Northeast Winters by 2070|
UMass Amherst - 12/12/2012. A new high-resolution climate study by University of Massachusetts Amherst climate scientists, the first to apply regional climate models to examine likely near-term changes in temperature and precipitation across the Northeast United States, suggests temperatures are going to be significantly warmer in all seasons in the next 30 years, especially in winter. Also, they project that winters will be wetter, with more rain likely than snow.
|Don't Feel Bad About Getting an Xmas Tree|
Mother Jones - 12/12/2012. By Sydney Brownstone – Adam Langley remembers starting his high school summer days at 5 a.m. to work on Harry Yates' Christmas tree farm. In a fertile, North Carolinian corner of southern Appalachia, he and his friends would pack into a decrepit truck and roll up remote mountainsides armed with clippers, shears, and knee guards.