When someone doesn’t have access to housing, when someone is experiencing a substance use disorder, when someone is on their journey of recovery, and even when someone just needs some emotional support from a peer, it’s important that resources, support, and training are available to help people care for themselves and their loved ones. Organizations like Crisis Clinic empower people to take that next step toward positive change and to keep talking about mental health challenges and mental wellness. Only when we take these steps as a community will we see our rates of suicide decline..
"Bee health remains of paramount importance for me since it concerns biodiversity, food production and the environment," Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said in a statement.
An assessment published earlier this year by the European Food Safety Authority determined neonicotinoids pose a risk to wild bees and honey bees. The assessment was based on a survey of the scientific literature on the subject, which is extensive.
Dozens of studies have detailed the negative impact neonicotinoids have on bee health. Most of the scientific findings suggest pesticides harm bees' immune system, robbing them of their ability to fight off disease and parasites.
Some studies have linked pesticide exposure with declines in the health of bees' gut microbiome, while others have shown the chemicals diminish the ability of bees to find nectar.
Though neonicotinoid makers and some agricultural groups opposed the measure, the vote has earned applause from environmental groups and many scientists.
"Neonicotinoids not only contaminate plants, soil, and water, but surprisingly, they stay in the water and soil for a long time after they are sprayed," James Nieh, a biologist at the University of California San Diego, told The Independent. "These chemicals drift outside of their application areas, as has now been demonstrated in multiple studies."
While neonicotinoids have been linked with the decline of a number insects, including several kinds of pollinators, they're not the lone threat to bee populations. Monoculture farming practices and loss of habitat have also been cited as serious impediments to bee health. When combined, the multiple threats can prove deadly to bees.
The committee voted along party lines in March to formally close the Russia investigation, after just more than one year. Democrats have continued to press ahead with their own investigation, which included an interview just this week with Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie.
“Republicans chose not to seriously investigate — or even see, when in plain sight — evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, instead adopting the role of defense counsel for key investigation witnesses,” Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee’s top Democrat, said in a statement. “There is no denying the abundant evidence that the Trump campaign sought, and was eager to accept, the assistance of a hostile foreign power bent on interfering in our election.”
The final report, drafted by the Republican majority, does criticize some Trump campaign officials for taking “ill-advised” meetings with Russians, some with links directly to the Kremlin. It acknowledges that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort expected to receive “but did not ultimately obtain” information from a Kremlin-linked lawyer that could damage the Clinton campaign. It also notes that Donald Trump Jr. “briefly met” a Russian government official at National Rifle Association conference, but says there was “no evidence” that they discussed the presidential election.
The report does strongly criticize the Obama administration for in its view failing to adequately confront Russian efforts to meddle in the U.S. election. It also repeats charges of a memo drafted by Nunes that the Justice Department misled a judge in its effort to obtain a secret surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a Trump foreign policy aide..
SoFi, a remotely controlled robotic fish, explores the Somosomo Strait in Taveuni, Fiji.