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10 years ago saw "climategate," an incident where hackers stole thousands of emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit. They essentially pieced together random emails snippets to "show" how scientists exaggerated evidence of climate obviously wasn't real, but still didn't help! 

Watching the video on the BBC (link below), shows just how far our opinion of climate change has come! And in our 2nd article, we see how that opinion is changing BIG BUSINESS! 

Reading time is 3:27 minutes.
Enjoy, team curious

Bees’ Needs Week - What’s all the Buzz About? 

by Helen Steiger

What's Going On Here?

It’s Bees’ Needs Week here in the UK (8-15th July), which will see a week of activities to raise awareness of the importance of our yellow and black friends (and fellow pollinators)!

What Does This Mean?

This annual event helps us understand the importance of wasps, hoverflies, other flies, butterflies, moths and beetles within our daily lives!!

In celebration, Carnaby Street in London has been renamed Carnabee Street, featuring a pop-up Hive of educational and fun activities including a Bumblearium and honey tasting (someone had a lot of fun with the names for this event hey?!). 

On Friday (12th July) there will also be a citizen-science project called Flower –Insect Timed (FIT) counts - where you count the number of pollinators that land on a patch of flowers within a 10-minute time period. 

Why Should We Care?

Because bees and their fellow pollinators are in big trouble. And that spells trouble for all of us! 

FYI - these guys are not the same as honeybees, which are benefiting from a surge in beekeeping and continue to be farmed for honey! Wild bees and other pollinators are not farmed and rely on natural flowers for pollination. It is these guys who are super helpful to us, but are also most at risk! 

All pollinators are in decline due to a combination of climate change, high use of pesticides and a declining habitat that is suitable for pollination. Intensive farming of honey bees has even driven wild bees out of some areas, as well as transmitting new pathogens and viruses to wild pollinators. With many crops reproducing via pollination, loss of these species would have massive implications for agricultural production, with one third of our food production at risk.

Earlier this year it was estimated that wild bees have already declined by 10% and with growing pressure on agriculture to intensify production and reduction in natural, green space, this trend could continue unless action is taken. 

However, this story is not all doom and gloom - progress is already being made to combat this problem. Last week it was shown how local authority action to turn unused green land into wildflower meadows has been a great success.

In The Netherlands, they’ve even turned bus stops into bee stops - helping to improve air quality, attract pollinators and create a bit of media buzz! 

Be Curious!

  • Head to Carnabee Street and participate in the fun activities, learning more about pollinators and how we can encourage them to continue to buzz around us for many years to come (and try some honey, how could you say no?)!
  • Participate in a Flower-Insect Timed Count - this is really important for us to understand locations and numbers of bees and fellow pollinators throughout the country, and only takes 10 minutes! 
  • Follow these simple tips for encouraging bees in your local area. From buying more organic produce to planting some bee-friendly flowers in your balcony/garden, little changes can have a noticeably positive impact in your local hood! 
  • Honey...honey doesn’t help! Unfortunately keeping honey bees doesn’t help save wild bees and other pollinators - the main focus is improving the natural environment for pollinators to thrive! 
  • And finally...don’t leave honey out on a spoon as per this fake news post that went viral in June. Bees need nectar, NOT honey!
Climate Change

Climate Movement is the “Greatest Threat” to Oil Industry

by Lucie Machin

What's Going On Here?

Earlier this week, Mohammed Barkindo a.k.a. the leader of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), said that climate activists and the “growing mass mobilisation of world opinion” against oil are perhaps the “greatest threat” to the oil industry. In other words, people power is WORKING! 

What Does This Mean?

The oil and gas industry is feeling the heat from the climate movement. A report released this week shows that more lawsuits than ever are being filed against governments and an increasing number of the highest-greenhouse-gas-emitting companies. Investors and insurance companies are also increasingly divesting from fossil fuels (i.e. putting their money elsewhere) in a move which is very damaging to the oil and gas industry. 

The same speech also criticised the “unscientific” claims of the climate activism movement, so apparently this guy doesn’t know much about the unequivocal scientific evidence calling for action...

Why Should We Care?

100 oil and gas companies have been responsible for a whopping 71% of greenhouse-gas-emissions with Saudi Aramcom, Gazprom, National Iranian Oil, Coal India, Shenhua Group, Rosnett, CNPC, ADNOC, Exxon Mobil, Pemex, Shell, Soatrach, Kuwait Petroleum, BP and Qatar Petroleum being the top offenders! 

To top it off, these guys love splashing their cash lobbying against climate change policies spending millions every year

BP has the highest annual expenditure on climate dropping $53 million, followed by Shell with $49 million and ExxonMobil with $41 million.

Be Curious!


Other news we found curious...

'Climategate': 10 years on, what's changed? - BBC
David Attenborough: polluting planet may become as reviled as slavery - Guardian
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez move to declare climate crisis official emergency - Guardian
Enormous Antarctic glacier on brink of collapse could raise sea levels by half a metre alone, scientists warn - Independent
'World's first' climate-based government bond index launched in London - edie
How China is trying to stop its deserts spreading - BBC
Holland covers hundreds of bus stops with plants as gift to honeybees - Independent
Lucie Machin
Helen Steiger

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