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shrox
05-02-2007, 06:46 PM
Honeybees are dying off. Since they are a major pollenator, this is bad news for humans and pretty much every species on the planet, except fish I guess...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070502/ap_on_sc/honeybee_die_off

bassmanjam
05-02-2007, 09:19 PM
Just so happens, my girlfriend was researching this earlier today. Check out this page about insecticides - http://www.honeybeeworld.com/imidacloprid/index.html

You know this stuff has to get into our own food at some point. Kind of scary.

Iain
05-03-2007, 02:07 AM
As soon as the tickets are affordable I'm off to the moon.

kopperdrake
05-03-2007, 03:23 AM
I hear they're short on honeybees too :/

colkai
05-03-2007, 03:42 AM
We never ever kill a bee, always catch it and release into the garden. Wasps can't abide, but bees are neat, especially bumble-bees :)

Iain
05-03-2007, 03:53 AM
I hear they're short on honeybees too :/

Well, obviously I'd be taking my own with me.

Seriously, though it is bad news. We forget that we only harm the planet and that it's these unimportant species that make it habitable for us.

colkai
05-03-2007, 04:41 AM
Truesay.
As much s we really hate to admit it, we don't rule this world, we are simply a part of it. Take out some of the "lesser" species and a fair chunk of plant life and we are in doo-doo creek sans a paddle.

Matt
05-03-2007, 04:46 AM
Anyone have a link to one of those 'make your own' hive type things that you leave in your garden? I'd like to help these little fellas, I love bumble bees, such a cute little critter!

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/04_02/beeREX2404_468x371.jpg

Matt
05-03-2007, 04:49 AM
Found one:

http://www.bumblebeeconservationtrust.co.uk/nest_boxes.htm

http://www.bumblebeeconservationtrust.co.uk/flower_pot.jpg

colkai
05-03-2007, 05:10 AM
Aye, Jill intends to put up some bee boxes. Gotta help the little guys :)
How can you NOT like 'em? :D

LW_jackn
05-03-2007, 08:03 AM
You can always allow part of your home to become used as a hive... :p

We have an octogon nook, and the roof and outside eves are an active Honey Bee hive.

Yesterday as it warmed up, the hive was appearantly aggitated by a colony of black ants, so the Bees decided to do som recon and ended up finding some access points into the house.

Luckily for me I wasn't considered the immediate threat, took some some fireplace matches and lit them and put them out for the smoke to chase them back into the hive and used some instant foam and plugged up the holes they had found.

All the bees that had made it into the house went to the windows for the light, so I let them out by removing the screens temporarily, and then just closed the windows until the ruccus died down.

These days with the hives collapsing by the dozens, I am inclined to tolerate the hive for the sake of plants and crops on my 16 acres...

:)

colkai
05-03-2007, 08:10 AM
I am inclined to tolerate the hive for the sake of plants and crops on my 16 acres...

:)

Ok, i now officially hate you! ;) :D



( He who is currently in the LARGEST room of the house, some 12' X 16' ) :p

hazmat777
05-03-2007, 08:28 AM
Could be cell phones...

http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/wildlife/article2449968.ece

parm
05-03-2007, 08:42 AM
This company can supply you with a live colony of Bumble Bees, and hive for your garden.

I bought one last year, they are an absolute delight. I think I'll order another one today.

Just Green (http://www.just-green.com/index.php?cPath=73)

Signal to Noise
05-03-2007, 08:42 AM
It all doesn't really matter since our galaxy is going to collide with the Andromeda galaxy in an estimated 3 billion years. We are doomed no matter what.


And unfortunately I don't think Bruce Willis will be around to save us.


http://haydenplanetarium.org/resources/ava/page/index.php?file=G0601andmilwy

warrenwc
05-03-2007, 11:22 AM
Could be cell phones...

http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/wildlife/article2449968.ece
Nope.
It's a fungus.

Tzan
05-03-2007, 12:06 PM
And unfortunately I don't think Bruce Willis will be around to save us.


I'm sure that Bruce Willis's head in a jar will think up something :)

shrox
05-03-2007, 12:15 PM
I don't know if bumblebees are being affected, I have only read about the honeybees dying.

We seem to always have a bumblebee or two living by our front door in every house I have lived in for the last 10 years or so, it is always sad to find their little fuzzy body on the porch, then a few days later a new one has moved in.

mattclary
05-03-2007, 12:35 PM
When I read that article this morning, I was GENUINELY suprised that an attempt was not made to somehow invoke global warming.

Seems like every article I read about something undesirable happening, I see a "...caused by global warming," included in there somewhere.

Stooch
05-03-2007, 01:10 PM
of course, its the new el nino. sp?

Liber777
05-03-2007, 01:21 PM
It all doesn't really matter since our galaxy is going to collide with the Andromeda galaxy in an estimated 3 billion years. We are doomed no matter what.

No worries, I have that covered. I'm designing a restraining belt system for the solar system. It will require getting some new regulations in place, but I'm not worried; there's still time to form the necessary lobbies...

LW_jackn
05-03-2007, 05:08 PM
When I read that article this morning, I was GENUINELY suprised that an attempt was not made to somehow invoke global warming.

Seems like every article I read about something undesirable happening, I see a "...caused by global warming," included in there somewhere.

Haven't you heard?

CCD is being caused by a pre Magnetic Pole Flip... :p

hrgiger
05-03-2007, 06:38 PM
It all doesn't really matter since our galaxy is going to collide with the Andromeda galaxy in an estimated 3 billion years. We are doomed no matter what.

http://haydenplanetarium.org/resources/ava/page/index.php?file=G0601andmilwy


We won't have to wait that long. Enter Apophis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99942_Apophis

ted
05-03-2007, 11:32 PM
No worries, I have that covered. I'm designing a restraining belt system for the solar system. It will require getting some new regulations in place, but I'm not worried; there's still time to form the necessary lobbies...

Well said. Enough tax monies and regulations can fix anything! :agree:
Just ask the politicians! :)

Signal to Noise
05-04-2007, 08:49 AM
We won't have to wait that long. Enter Apophis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99942_Apophis


Yes, but according to that info, the impact probability is low to nil. And even if Apophis hit Earth, it wouldn't be world-destroying but just a miserable day for some unlucky country.

Nevertheless, in 2029 I'll be sitting outside in my lawnchair, binoculars in hand, and a tinfoil hat on my head for...you know...cosmic ray protection. :)

Oh...and bee repellent at my side, too!