September 10th, 2015

Bees 1, Dow and EPA 0

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/11/business/energy-environment/big-win-for-beekeepers-as-court-voids-insecticide.html

Appeals court decides that the EPA should _not_ have approved the neonicotinoids that are increasingly believed to be responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_collapse_disorder

"The E.P.A. must obtain further data on the effects of sulfoxaflor on bees before it grants approval, the court said.

The Agriculture Department said this year that losses of managed honeybee colonies hit 42.1 percent from April 2014 through April 2015, up from 34.2 percent for 2013-14 and the second-highest annual loss to date."

I find I am pleasantly surprised by this decision, and look forward to how things proceed from here.