Bayer to Pay $2 Billion After Losing Suit Alleging Weedkiller Roundup Responsible for Defendant’s Cancer

Bayer on Monday was ordered by a Northern California jury to pay over $2 billion to an elderly couple who say they were diagnosed with cancer after using the company’s glyphosate-based pesticide Roundup. Bayer is planning on appealing the lawsuit and claims the court’s ruling contradicts the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that there are “no… Read more »

California Bans Chlorpyrifos

Defying the Trump EPA’s longstanding inaction, California is now in the process of banning chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide that has been linked to brain damage in children. California governor Gavin Newsom has also proposed $5.7m in new funding to support the transition from chlorpyrifos to “safer, more sustainable alternatives”. DowDuPont spokesman Gregg Schmidt said… Read more »

Tick Encounter Research Center Launches Funding Campaign

Yesterday, the Tick Encounter Research Center launched their Experiment campaign. They are raising $8000 to help fund a more efficient TickSpotters platform that will give them the ability to collect more data and respond faster to tick photo submissions. This new-and-improved platform will help us answer the question: Does personalized tick prevention education work to… Read more »

US Court Orders Trump EPA To Justify Use of Chlorpyrifos Within 90 Days

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today gave Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler three months to justify why chlorpyrifos should stay on the market. In 2017, Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator at the time, declined to ban chlorpyrifos from use on food crops. Last August, the 9th District Court of Appeals ruled that… Read more »

Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative Releases New Handouts

The Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative has published two new educational handouts, one on 12 different plant species that can support Monarch butterflies, and one on milkweed specifically. Follow these links to learn about how to turn your yard into a supportive habitat for this threatened species.