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The deadly virus – fungus combo that seems to play a big role in colony collapse disorder:

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I’ve been under the impression that the evidence was inconclusive about whether the proliferation of mobile phones is tied to colony collapse disorder, but a new study seems to find a correlation.  More research needed.  But the big question is:  IF mobile phone radiation is contributing to the decline of honeybees (and other pollinators), what are we prepared to do about it??

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/7778401/Mobile-phones-responsible-for-disappearance-of-honey-bee.html

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More global coverage of the shocking news that a third of the honeybees in the U.S. did not survive the winter.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/02/food-fear-mystery-beehives-collapse

“Mankind has been managing and transporting bees for centuries to pollinate food and produce honey, nature’s natural sweetener and antiseptic. Their extinction would mean not only a colourless, meatless diet of cereals and rice, and cottonless clothes, but a landscape without orchards, allotments and meadows of wildflowers – and the collapse of the food chain that sustains wild birds and animals.”

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…and that’s not even the worst news.”  As if colony collapse disorder wasn’t already enough of a challenge, the winter was harsh for U.S. honeybees.  Read the results of this year’s census:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/blogs/bees/colony-collapse-disorder-census-0430

frightening… and sad.

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I read Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” as a teenager, and although environmentalism had long been underway at that point, I was shocked at how blatantly humans had gone around spraying chemicals throughout neighborhoods, meadows and waterways, to eradicate pesky insects before I was even born.  Although Carson’s writings kicked off the environmental movement, our ecosystems are complex, and issues like colony collapse disorder have multiple causes.  The more we know, the more we care… the more we care, the more we act… the more we act, the more we can hope.  Glad to see the issue getting some attention in the Times:

From April 28, 2010:  What’s behind the honeybee decline?  Perhaps not what you’ve heard

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On March 26, 2010, Cathy Wurzer of Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Edition spoke with U of MN entomologist Marla Spivak.  It was not a good winter for bees.  Listen on MPRNewsQ

Photo by MPR / Tim Post

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Video: Full Episode – Silence of the Bees – Colony Collapse Disorder, CCD, Honeybees | Nature.

“In the winter of 2006, a strange phenomenon fell upon honeybee hives across the country. Without a trace, millions of bees vanished from their hives. A precious pollinator of fruits and vegetables, the disappearing bees left billions of dollars of crops at risk and threatened our food supply. The epidemic set researchers scrambling to discover why honeybees were dying in record numbers — and to stop the epidemic in its tracks before it spread further.”

After watching this program on PBS, I was inspired to do something.

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