Curse of the Honey Bee
Researchers and bee experts are a bit baffled and have a string of theories as to why the beloved bees just aren't returning home after their days out searching for pollen. Part of the problem comes from the varroa mites, which infest the little bees and explode in their throats (or so I've been told) effectively killing the flying pollinators in droves.
Who needs bees, you may ask? Bees are crucial in helping to pollinate fields and crops (ie your food and potential bio-fuel supply). Bee keepers have been travelling around the country with their buzzing hives to help pollinate fruit, vegetable and nut crops because the little pollinators have been declining over the years. According to a recent NY Times article honeybees pollinate over $14 million worth of crops each year.
Not as cute and cuddly as the polar bears, bees may be yet another casualty in our ever warming world. It makes me wonder - just how many canaries do we need to tell us we've got a problem in our mine?
Via NY Times and ENN.