It has just been reported that the EU has voted in favour of a ban, or at least a two-year moratorium, on three of the neonicotinoid pesticides implicated in the collapse of bee colonies: see this BBC report and the accompanying video. The three pesticides are clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam. (Note that these are only three of the pesticides implicated. What about the others; and what about other threats to bees? Listen to Material World, which discusses the risks posed. )
Watch this space! And create a big buzz!
November 2015: this partial ban is coming to an end at the end of 2015. Meanwhile bodies such as the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, who have established that even very low levels of neonicotinoids can damage bumblebees’ brains, are campaigning to extend the ban.