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The rusty patched bumblebee is noted for the bright-brown patch on its abdomen.

U.S. lists first bumblebee species as endangered

The species is just one of 47 in the U.S. and Canada, a quarter of which are considered at risk of extinction

The rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed Jan. 10 as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection. One of several species facing sharp declines, the bumblebee known to scientists as Bombus affinis has




U.S. farmers hit hard by labour strife at West Coast ports

Los Angeles | Reuters –– Protracted labour strife and shipping disruptions at U.S. West Coast ports have hit farmers especially hard, posing a major barrier to perishable goods headed to overseas markets and resulting in losses estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars a week. Foreign Pacific Rim customers facing chronic delays in shipments of

U.S. West Coast ports undergo partial shutdown

Los Angeles | Reuters –– The 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast were effectively closed to cargo freighters for the second time in less than a week on Thursday under a partial shutdown imposed by shipping lines and terminal operators in an escalating labour dispute with the dockworkers’ union. The loading and unloading of



Drought forces California farmers to idle cropland

The price of California farm goods, including fresh fruits and vegetables is likely to rise

Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres (200,000 hectares) of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials said. Large-scale crop losses in California, the No. 1 U.S. farm state producing half the nation’s fruits

California eyes turning off the taps

The forecast for a zero allocation in 2014 is unprecedented

A worsening drought in California will likely force a first-ever complete cut-off this year in state-supplied water sold to 29 irrigation districts, public water agencies and municipalities up and down the state, officials said Jan. 31. Although the state Water Resources Department typically ends up supplying more water than first projected for the year ahead,


California water allocation forecast hits record-low level

Los Angeles | Reuters — A worsening drought in California will likely force a first-ever complete cutoff this year in state-supplied water sold to 29 irrigation districts, public water agencies and municipalities up and down the state, officials said Friday. Although the state Water Resources Department typically ends up supplying more water than first projected

California Farms Lose Main Water Source To Drought

California’s main source of irrigation water is expected to go dry this year for most of its growers due to drought, idling at least 60,000 workers and up to one million acres of farmland, federal officials and experts said Feb. 20. The zero allocation for most of the farmers who buy water from the federally