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Urban Pollination Project

Jan. 12, 2015 4:10 a.m.

A group of Seattle gardeners are in the midst of a bee experiment that requires tomato plants and tuning forks. The results could shed light on what a future could look like without bumblebees.

Science | local

Xerces Society Receives Grant To Study Pollinators

July 15, 2009 3:04 p.m.

The Xerces Society has received some cash to study the interplay between pollinators, the plants they need, and farmland.

News | Sports | local | OPB News Blog

Top Stories: Deschutes Issues Fire Restrictions, Gardeners May Be Hurting Bees With Insecticides

June 26, 2014 2:13 p.m.

Headlines for Thursday, June 26: Deschutes County is enacting fire restrictions on unprotected land, a new study says gardeners may be exposing pollinators to deadly insecticides and a man who held his breath and crashed his car has plead not guilty.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Air Pollution Might Be Giving Bees A Stuffy Nose

Oct. 9, 2013 2:47 p.m.

A new study shows that diesel exhaust might be preventing honeybees from finding the plants they want to pollinate.

News | Food | local

Oregon Growers See Fewer Hazelnuts This Year

Oct. 14, 2015 11:29 p.m.

Hazelnut harvest is wrapping up in Oregon, but farmers are gathering fewer nuts this year. Some farms saw 20 percent reductions in yields this season.

News | Environment | local | OPB News Blog

Just Call Ashland 'Bee City, USA'

Jan. 21, 2015 7:48 p.m.

Southern Oregon hopes to attract more than just tourists now that Ashland has held up its end of the deal in becoming the state's second Bee City USA.

News | Elections

A Voter's Guide To The Science Of GE Foods

Oct. 17, 2014 5 p.m.

Supporters and opponents of GE foods often disagree on their interpretation of the science. Finding a clear answer is a difficult slog in most cases because black-and-white answers simply aren't available.

News | local | Animals | OPB News Blog

Animals Take On Jobs At PDX

April 14, 2015 8:30 p.m.

The Port of Portland is putting animals to work to take care of some general house keeping at Portland International Airport.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

The Perilous Life Of A Professional Honeybee

Aug. 11, 2014 10:51 p.m.

Scientists say exposure to pesticides is just one of many hazards honeybees face, but they're working to find out just how big a role it plays in their overall decline.

News | local | OPB News Blog

Top Stories: Cause Of Two Bulls Fire Remains Unsolved, Heatwave To Hit State

July 1, 2014 2:09 p.m.

Headlines for Tuesday, July 1: Investigators are still seeking information to determine who started the Two Bulls wildfire near Bend and a heatwave is expected to bring triple digit temperatures to many parts of the state.

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Flight Of The Pollinators

July 16, 2013 8:32 p.m.

A miniaturized Chris gets covered with pollen and ends up sticking to a bee.

Think Out Loud

Summer Recess Conversation: Earl Blumenauer

Aug. 21, 2013 7:06 p.m.

Representative Earl Blumenauer champions bicycle and transportation issues — he himself bikes to work and he's often seen wearing a bicycle pin, along with his signature bow-ties. Much of the 3rd district that he represents lies in Portland, in Multnomah and Clackamas counties.  He's been a solid supporter of President Obama's health care overhaul, and he continues to advocate for changing the health system, including funding end-of-life care conversations between doctors and patients. He supports renewable energy tax reform, wants to repeal Oregon's constitutional gay marriage ban, and has sponsored legislation in Congress on a range of issues from marijuana taxation to repealing tax breaks for big oil companies. One of the lastest issues he's focusing on now is protecting bees, after some high-profile bee die-offs this summer. Last month, he introduced legislation that would restrict the use of certain pesticides. "Pollinators are not only vital to a sustainable environment," he says, "but key to a stable food supply."

Music | Sessions

Black Prairie

Aug. 3, 2010 7:06 p.m.

Ahead of performances at this weekend's Pickathon festival, Black Prairie plays their particular brand of cross-pollinated Americana in our studios with songs coming from their Feast of the Hunter's Moon debut.

Think Out Loud

The Health of Our Bees

July 20, 2009 4 p.m.

It's well known that bees are dying off, and scientists still can't explain exactly why. Likely causes include parasites, diseases, and pesticides. But in many cases, the bees simply vanish, never to return to the hive. Whatever the causes, the consequences are major. In the U.S., beekeepers on average lost 29% of their honey bee colonies last year. Since farms depend on these commercial bee colonies to pollinate their crops, there's a lot at stake. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that bees are responsible for $15 billion worth of crops every year. To put that in perspective, the USDA says, "about one mouthful in three in the diet directly or indirectly benefits from honey bee pollination."  

#816

July 16, 2013 8:41 p.m.

Visit a rodeo riding school in Montana and a California farm working to save pollinating honeybees.

News | Politics

Pumped on Trump

Feb. 2, 2016 6:58 p.m.

We’ve heard a lot from Republican candidate Donald Trump since he announced his bid for the presidency. With his celebrity lifestyle and made-for-reality-TV personality, some people didn’t take Trump’s campaign seriously – but his polling numbers aren’t a joke. Trump is buoyed by a rising legion of supporters: people who want to help Trump make America not only great again, but “bigger, better and stronger.” Tonight on Reveal, we will delve into the hearts and minds of Trump supporters. Who are they? Why do they support Trump? And if "The Donald" doesn’t get the Republican nomination for president, who will they turn to next – if anyone?

NW Life | Sports | History | local

How A Locked Bathroom Helped Portland Get The Trail Blazers

Jan. 19, 2016 11:45 p.m.

At a meeting of NBA owners in 1970, a staunch supporter of Portland receiving an expansion team locked himself in a bathroom until a group led by Portlander Harry Glickman could secure a letter of credit.

Oregon Field Guide

Could a Mushroom Save a Honeybee

Oct. 15, 2015 4:20 a.m.

Honeybees throughout the United States have been struggling for nearly a decade.

Think Out Loud

Hemp Farmer Celebrates Bill's Defeat

July 9, 2015 5:34 p.m.

A bill that would have put a temporary halt to industrial hemp production in Oregon failed in the final days of the legislature.

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