Monday, April 16, 2007

Are cell phones killing off the bumble bees?

Okay, some of you may be thinking, what do cell phones have to do with bumble bees and why should I be worried about it? In recent months, beekeepers in the U.S. and Europe have reported dramatic declines in the populations of bees at their hives. Up until recently, the leading theory has been that some sort of parasite or bacteria is killing off the bees.

What's happening?

What's happening is what scientists have dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD.) The symptoms are the disappearance of nearly all the worker bees of a colony leaving only the queen bee and some immature bees at the hive. No carcases have been found in or around the colony to suggest a parasite or bacteria is to blame, or that even vandalism has occurred. But recently a new theory has come to the surface. Could it be that the devices that have connected the world more than anything else be causing a mass extinction of man's most valuable insect?

The theory is this: the radiation from cell phones interfere with the navigation system of bees causing them to get lost and not find their way back to the hive. Evidence already exists that when bees get close to power lines, their nav. systems get thrown off balance, and the same with cell phones that are placed near the hives.

What ever the cause, if CCD continues at it's present rate, humanity could be facing one of it's most dire situations regarding agriculture, as nearly all of our crops rely on pollination by bees. Even the world renowned expert on bee-ology and general relativity, Albert Einstein, once said that if the humble bee disappeared, "man would only have four years of life left."

If you want more, the news article can be found here.