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Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Neonicotinoids

A controversial type of pesticide has been linked to declining global bee populations. It appears to scramble bees' sense of direction, making it hard for them to find home.

In other environmental news, deepwater corals didn't escape the ecological damage of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine scientists say how much they were hurt depended on how close to the spill's source they were.

The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse-gas emissions for new power plants soon. It could end the construction of new conventional coal-fired power plants in the United States.

Last week movie director James Cameron described what it was like in the deepest part of the ocean. The last frontier on Earth is desolate, foreboding, and moon-like, Cameron said after his record-breaking dive.

The Chaco forest in Paraguay has remained hostile to most human endeavors for centuries, but the region's defiance may finally be coming to an end. Huge tracts of the Chaco are being razed in a scramble into one of South America's most remote corners by farmers and cattle ranchers.


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