Bees get a break in Europe

The European Union votes to give honey bees a reprieve from a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, long suspected of triggering massive bee deaths that threaten agriculture worldwide. The pesticides are still be allowed in the United States.

Wind power increases in UK

Wind is now powering more than two million homes in the United Kingdom, after a surge of growth last year.

Energy statistics released today by the Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) show that wind power generation increased by 31 percent in 2009 and now represents 2.5 percent of all UK electricity production. The industry trade group RenewableUK welcomed the news, calling the statistics “promising” but urging even faster growth in renewables to meet future energy demands with clean power.