Climate change seems to have our undivided attention as its effects span every cultural, social, and economic reach of our earth’s populace. In a nutshell, carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere resulting from anthropogenic activity has initiated the rapidly accelerated warming of temperatures globally. We hear through the media on a regular basis, just how imperative it is that we halt the rise before it exceeds unrecoverable levels and drastic changes begin to occur in every facet of the environment. Despite the vital importance of mitigating our impacts immediately,... [+] Read more
Scientists are in the process of genetically modifying Canadian honeybees to be more resistant to their winter weather. Emily Chan from CTV News discusses this in her article Scientists hope to develop made-for-Canada honeybees. The goal is to have a diagnostics centre where the genomes of bees sent in by beekeepers would be analyzed and given a report on their potential, answering questions about their health including disease resistance and durability in the cold. Therefore, farmers can breed specific bees in order to pass down better traits to future generations.
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Climate change is having a range of impacts all around the world, and some of them are more obscure than you might think. Ravi Mandalla reported on TechieNews about a study published that found the length of bumblebee tongues has decreased by nearly 25% over four decades. The bees were native to alpine environments in the Rocky Mountains, where the shape and size of flowers hadn’t changed but the abundance of flowers to feed on (which is why bumblebees need long tongues) had also... [+] Read more