European Commission bans pesticides blamed for killing bees

EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg . Photo: EPA

The decision to ban three insecticides made by chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta "marks another milestone towards ensuring a healthier future" for bees, EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg said.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 5:59am

EU to ban pesticides linked to bee deaths

A bee collects pollen from a dandelion blossom. Photo: Reuters

The European Union was set to impose a two-year ban on three pesticides linked to bee deaths after a majority of member countries voted in favour of a moratorium on Monday. A key committee of experts cleared the way for the European Commission to impose a proposed ban on insecticides blamed for a sharp decline in bee populations, when 15 nations voted in favour, with eight against and four abstentions.

29 Apr 2013 - 11:14pm

Pollution devastates rural areas, threatens farmland

Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui province. Photo: Reuters

Zhuang Guotai, the Ministry of Environmental Protection's director of nature and ecology conservation, said the accumulation of fertiliser, pesticides and animal waste - as well governments' neglect of sewage treatment - threatened the country's vital agricultural land.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:25am

Short Science, March 31, 2013

Neutrinos go 'missing' on their journey from the Sun to earth.

Scientists have criticised an Italian government decree allowing a group of terminally ill patients to continue using an unproven stem cell treatment, saying such therapies may cause harm and risk exploiting desperate people. 

31 Mar 2013 - 1:06am

20pc of French bottled water has traces of pesticides and drugs

Now, however, an investigation has discovered traces of pesticides and prescription drugs - including a medicine used to treat breast cancer - in almost one in five brands of bottled water on the shelves of France's supermarkets.

27 Mar 2013 - 3:06am

Tighter rules vital on use of pesticides

Our government acknowledges that many pesticides are toxic in nature and have to be handled carefully. It regulates their manufacture, import, supply, sale and storage. That is as it should be given how harmful they can be to children and animals and, depending on exposure, to health in general.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

BOOK (1962)

Silent Spring Rachel Carson (Houghton Mifflin)

Now, it seems incredible that anyone ever entertained the assumption that pesticides were a thoroughly good thing. But when US environmentalist Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring - the critique of industry that kick-started the green movement - Progress was God.

24 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Supermarkets taken to task over pesticides

Pesticide residues that could cause cancer and disrupt the human endocrine system have been found in some fruit for sale in supermarkets, Greenpeace said yesterday. It called on the government and markets to regulate how much is too much.

25 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Public consuming 'pesticide cocktails', Greenpeace claims

Mainland residents drink 'pesticide cocktails' almost daily and more than 50 kinds of pesticides have been detected in fruit and vegetables sold in big cities, according to a Greenpeace report.

The report drew swift criticism, with some saying most pesticides detected were at very low levels and that only two samples slightly exceeded food safety standards.

9 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Fruit dumped in challenge to food safety tests

Greenpeace says pesticide levels in its lab results show centre is not doing its job

Greenpeace activists yesterday dumped hundreds of mainland tangerines and strawberries outside the Centre for Food Safety after they found excessive amounts of pesticides in five samples.

24 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Fake Maotai blended with DDT

Touted as the preferred choice of spirits by state leaders, China's famous Maotai liquor has become a favourite target of counterfeiters - with some types having been found blended with pesticides.

Guizhou authorities found a large quantity of fake Maotai recently mixed with toxic pesticides and packaged as limited-edition liquor for State Council banquets, local media said.

12 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Crimes Against Nature

Crimes Against Nature

by Robert F. Kennedy

Penguin Books, $116

2 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Licence system for use of pesticides

Pest controllers and farmers will be required to gain licences to use hazardous pesticides, the Government has proposed.

Assistant director of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department Dr Leslie Sims said up to 3,000 people would be affected by the amendment.

24 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Soccer shirts off shelves over toxic chemical fears

Sportswear giant Nike has ordered a popular style of football shirt off Hong Kong shelves over claims they may contain a toxic chemical.

A 'couple of hundred' of the yellow and black shirts - part of German side Borussia Dortmund's home strip - have been sold to soccer fans, who were yesterday advised not to wear them.

8 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Polluting boats query

I have three questions that I would like to ask the relevant government departments, through these columns.

I travel through the harbour every day and see many boats emitting smoke. I know that people can report smoky vehicles, but can we report a smoky boat if we spot one and if not, why not? My second question relates to Kowloon Park.

23 Dec 1999 - 12:00am