Federal Toxmap Shutters, Raising the Ire of Pollution Researchers

Earlier this year, with little explanation, the NLM announced that it would be “retiring” the Toxmap website on Dec. 16, 2019. The library did not respond directly to queries on Monday about what was meant by “retiring,” but by Tuesday morning, the Toxmap website had been taken down and visitors to the former URL were met with a message acknowledging the closure and pointing visitors to other potential sources of information. (An archived version of the old Toxmap landing page is preserved at the Internet Archive.) The decision to sunset the application has upset some of Toxmap’s most loyal users and raised concerns among environmental data advocates, who say that Toxmap’s demise would inhibit reliable public access to essential data about environmental hazards.

Study Shows How Prescribed Burns Benefit Bees

Fires maintain openings in the forest canopy, reduce ground cover and release nutrients into soils at the same time, creating the perfect environment for large blooms, increasing the flower resources pollinators rely on. The study also found that the low-intensity prescribed burns did not reduce the amount of nesting material for above-ground nesting pollinators, and the abundance of above-ground nesting pollinators was not impacted by the fires. Meanwhile, below-ground nesting species appeared to benefit from the increased access to bare soil.

Forever Young – Bob Dylan

May God Bless and Keep You Always, May Your Wishes All Come True.
May You Always Do For Others And Let Others Do For You.
May You Build A Ladder To The Stars And Climb On Every Rung.
May You Stay Forever Young.
May You Grow Up To Be Righteous.
May You Grow Up To Be True.
May You Always Know the Truth.
And See the Lights Surrounding You.
May You Always Be Courageous Stand Upright and be STrong.
May You Stay Forever Young.

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