Pesticide toxicity to bees

David Bernhardt

Newly confirmed interior secretary suppressed information on pesticide risks, documents show


When Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke stepped down in January amid multiple ethics probes, his deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, filled in. Now, as the longtime oil and agribusiness lobbyist formally takes the reins at the Interior Department, criticism is mounting over alleged conflicts of interest and government documents indicate that Bernhardt interfered with a key US Fish and Wildlife Service report that detailed the risks pesticides can pose to endangered species.

Butterly insect decline

The global population of flying insects is crashing dangerously fast

Honeybee colony

Seven years later, scientists are still looking for answers about Colony Collapse Disorder


Bee Keepers Sue EPA

Update: Study Finds Pesticides Dull Bees’ Sense of Smell

Bee Populations in Decline, Debate Swarms Around Pesticides


The EU is considering a two-year ban on a widely-used group of pesticides that have been linked to bee deaths in Europe and the US. The World’s Gerry Hadden reports.

EPA Under Fire for Bee Deaths

Bee keepers and environmentalists have signed a legal petition asking EPA to ban a pesticide they hold responsible for massive bee deaths. The insecticide maker says that used properly, it’s safe for bees. The USDA is investigating to discover the truth.

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

New research points to the link between a common insecticide and Colony Collapse Disorder that has wiped out many honeybee hives.

The World

Urban beekeeping

Arts, Culture & Media

It’s been rough going for honeybees in recent years. A phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder has been killing them off en masse.Yet bee colonies are thriving in unexpected places like French cities. Genevieve Oger has more from Paris