news round up, late summer edition

A magical solution’: Solar developers planting flowers that could help save butterflies and bees (IndyStar)

Grassland bird decline tied to neonicotinoids (BirdWatching) The increasing use of neonicotinoid insecticides is a major factor in the decline of grassland birds in the United States, according to a new study published in Nature Sustainability

Beetles And Wasps Vie For Title of Most Diverse Critter (NPR)

Bumble bees damage plant leaves and accelerate flower production when pollen is scarce (Science)

How to drive fossil fuels out of the US economy, quickly (Vox) The US has everything it needs to decarbonize by 2035.

Greta Thunberg to donate $1.2M from humanitarian prize money to environmental groups

What is solar for? AIRE’s new plan for cooperative, sustainable communities solar

Building a prairie and watching for bees (U of Illinois) It’s early evening as I follow the researchers to their work site on the Phillips Tract, just east of Urbana. When we get there, I immediately notice two things: We are standing in a vast grid of prairie plots with neatly mowed paths between them, and there are tents – dozens of dollhouse-sized tents.

Ball State report finds renewables will stabilize energy prices, benefit consumers in Indiana

Construction Begins on I&M Solar Farm (Inside Indiana Business) Contractors have begun moving dirt on a planned 20-megawatt solar farm in St. Joseph County to help provide power to thousands of homes and businesses in northern Indiana, more than doubling the utility’s current output.

Tesla Gigafactory Austin is going to be ‘ecological paradise’ open to the public (Electrek)

The scariest thing about global warming (and Covid-19) (Vox) “Shifting baselines syndrome” means we could quickly get used to climate chaos.

How Oak Trees Evolved to Rule the Forests of the Northern Hemisphere (Scientific American) Genomes and fossils reveal their remarkable evolutionary history (subscription required, e-mail me if you would like to read)

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