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Is anyone familiar with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)? It's been happening lately in the US & Europe. CCD is when a beehive is suddenly left empty by all adult workers, leaving the queen, immature bees, and eggs. The worker bees that fly off simply never return to the nest. The amount of bees disappearing has been increasing in many areas, causing some people to worry about this year's crop harvest and international food supplies.

Well, now some German researchers are saying that there is evidence that the phenomena may be related to cell phone use. Apparently, when bees are near cell phones, it totally throws off their internal direction system (see the article for more info). It seems to me that CCD should have happened sooner, since cell phones have been around for a while, but maybe there's something different with the new GSM phones. If true, it's like something from a Douglas Adams book. I mean, if our desire to have neat things directly results in massive world-wide extinctions (including our own), that's just sick and wrong on a cosmic level.

Date: 2007-04-16 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beautyofgrey.livejournal.com
I was just talking with an officemate about CCD last week. We were sitting there pondering about the possible causes. That's interesting. I imagine it's more of a variety of environmental factors (and gross human interference). I have to wonder what the consequences will be. I imagine genetic engineering of crops may actually be involved, either in abeting the problem, or the solution.

Date: 2007-04-16 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
I'm very interested in where this leads. Most people really have no idea how much of their food bees are responsible for (either directly or indirectly).

I suppose this means it's a good time to invest in the commodities market since we might be short on everything soon.

Date: 2007-04-16 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwalkmaur.livejournal.com
I blame invisible Anteater-like bee eaters...they hunt for a hive, find it, and wait outside, sticking their invisible tongue out now and again to grab an unsuspecting worker bee. Then, when no more bees come out, they move on to the next hive.

Date: 2007-04-16 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
Fuckers. Why can't they hang around bird-feeders and harass squirrels?

Date: 2007-04-16 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floatyfish.livejournal.com
Goddamn invisible anteater-like bee eaters! ;)

Date: 2007-04-16 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
IAlBE's are out to kill us all. You just watch them...er...or whatever you do to invisible things.

Date: 2007-04-16 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floatyfish.livejournal.com
While we're sending random and silly comments back and forth, I thought I would also use this space to tell you a few things...

...I love you.
...It is freakin' cold and windy out there. We're talking several steps above blustery. *nodnods*
...When are you coming home today, doyouthink? When is your practice this evening?
...I love you. ;)

Date: 2007-04-16 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
...I freakin' love you!
...30mph winds with 60mph gusts is too much like a hurricane for my tastes. Ick!
...Like we said on the phone, I'll get there a little earlier than I should so I can check the new trees and such around the yard. Practice tonight starts at 6:30 and probably goes to 9:30.
...Love doesn't even seem like a complete enough term to describe how deeply I feel about you. *smooch*

Date: 2007-04-17 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwalkmaur.livejournal.com
Hey hey...none of this belongs in our diatrabe of Invisible Anteater-like Bee Eaters (now known as Svargls...cause it's fun to say. Svargle!)

Date: 2007-04-17 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
You can say svargle all you want. I'm going to call them Frank.

Date: 2007-04-18 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
I most certainly do not...

...and don't call me Shirley.

Date: 2007-04-16 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] floatyfish.livejournal.com
Hmmm..thanks for the link to the article. You'd mentioned hearing about all of this previously and then it came up in the 'This Week' that we just received.

*ponders* Sometimes I get a bit angry at my brain, due to the reactions it has to these sort of news stories. Things such as this and what happened last year with the hundreds of birds that were dropping dead and so on always cause me to have almost mini panic attacks if I let my brain focus on them too much. Thing is..I believe that things such as this and the global warming information that has been coming out -are- things I should be focusing on and I'd like to be able to do it with a rational mind, where I can think about it and see it as important and work on things that we can do personally to help not be such a weight on the natural world.

I don't like that my brain skittering away from all of this information due to the anxiety leads me to seem almost...unfeeling/unconcerned to what is going on.


Date: 2007-04-16 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
Sometimes our brains just can't handle the sheer number of things that we could be worrying about. Don't feel bad if you can't face them all at once. Besides, most of these things are (1) theories and not confirmed fact and (2) not properly understood, even by top scientists.

You're not unfeeling - you care very much. In fact, you are extremely sensitive about some things, and that is why you have to not think too much about them or you overload. I think that if you can do something to help another person or the world in general, then do so, but don't become paralyzed by worry or guilt about all the things you feel you should worry/feel guilty about. There's just too much to process all of it.

Date: 2007-04-16 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unfettrdphoenix.livejournal.com
I don't mean to add to the worry... but did they ever find a cause for why the birds dropped dead? I had forgotten all about it, but wanted to follow the stories.

Date: 2007-04-16 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] somechick.livejournal.com
Another theory is that the increased UV radiation that is a result of damage to the ozone layer is damaging their vision - as well as degrading pollen.

Poor bees. :(

Date: 2007-04-17 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
Poor bees is right. They really can't win for losing with everything we're throwing against them.


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