Monday, August 31, 2009

bees don't like mobile phones, no sir

though I only recently did a post about Colony Collapse Disorder that suggests a multiple virus assault on weakened bees, I'd like to ressurect this 2007 report from The Independent Are mobile phones wiping out our bees?

Why? Well, because nobody listened.
Yes, but they did, and they dismissed it, Mike, you fool.
But did they?

According to a report published yesterday in the Press Trust of India, bees are suffering Colony Collapse Disorder in Kerala, India where mobile phone towers are again being cited as the problem.

Mobile towers are posing a threat to honey bees in Kerala with electromagnetic radiation from mobile towers and cell phones having the potential to kill worker bees that go out to collect nectar from flowers, says a study.

A plunge in beehive population has been reported from different parts of Kerala and if measures are not taken to check mushrooming of mobile powers, bees could be wiped out from Kerala within a decade, environmentalist and Reader in Zoology, Dr Sainudeen Pattazhy says in his study.

In one of his experiments he found that when a mobile phone was kept near a beehive it resulted in collapse of the colony in five to 10 days, with the worker bees failing to return home, leaving the hives with just queens, eggs and hive-bound immature bees.

Electromagnetic waves emitted by towers were strong enough to cripple the 'navigational skills' of the worker bees, who play a vital role in sustaining bee colonies, Pattazhy, who teaches in S N College at Punalur in Kollam district told PTI.

So ... seems like this swept-under-the carpet corporate denial about mobile phones and their danger to LIFE just refuses to go away. Cancer in kids' ears on their favourite phone side and now the reappearance of Colony Collapse Disorder that coincides with new phone towers going up?

June 1st 2010 update: following on from this Kerela report back in 2009, researchers at Punjab university used two hives in the experiment over a period of three months, exposing one to a cell phone turned on twice daily for 15 minutes at a time. The report shows a dramatic decrease in the number of bees spawned in the cell phone hive compared with the one not exposed to the technology. The number of worker bees returning to the hive also decreased, resulting in a drop in nectar production. [source PUBLIC RADIO]

And remember that many bee keepers are allowing mobile phone masts to be erected on their land because it's "financially worth their while" not realising the danger to their colonies, their 'real' livelihood. Mobile phones, bad for people by being bad for bees: no bees = no fruit or veg after three years.

Humanity dies, earth recovers eventually.

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