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September 08, 2008

Is "ElectroSmog" Destroying the Planet's Bee Population?

Bumblebee_3 "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left."  -

Albert Einstein

Mobile phones, Wi-Fi networks, electric power lines are sources of "electrosmog" disrupting nature on an unprecedented, massive scale causing birds and bees to lose their bearings, fail to reproduce and die, according to controversial research by Dr. Ulrich Warnke, a lecturer at the University of Saarland, in Germany, who has been studying the effects of man-made electrical fields on wildlife for more than 30 years. Warnke believes that "an unprecedented dense mesh of artificial magnetic, electrical and electromagnetic fields" is being generated, disrupting the "natural system of information" on which the species rely. Bees are able to change the polarity of their antennae at will, which enables them to navigate using the Earth's magnetic fields.

"Man-made technology has created transmitters which have fundamentally changed the natural electromagnetic energies and forces on the earth's surface," Warnke says. "Animals that depend on natural electrical, magnetic and electromagnetic fields for their orientation and navigation are confused by the much stronger and constantly changing artificial fields." He adds that the world's natural electrical and magnetic fields have had a "decisive hand in the evolution of species".

Warnke's research, reported in the Independent has shown that "bees exposed to the kinds of electrical fields generated by power lines killed each other and their young, while ones exposed to signals in the same range as mobile phones lost much of their homing ability.

German research has long shown that bees' behavior changes near power lines. A limited study at Landau University has found that bees do not to return to their hives when mobile phones are placed nearby. Dr Jochen Kuhn, who carried out the study, confirmed this could be a possible cause of the beehive collapses.

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is what scientists call the occurrence of a hive’s disappearance. Usually only queens, eggs and a few immature workers are left behind. The vanished bees are never found, but thought to die individually, lost far from the hive. Another bizarre twist is that parasites, wildlife and other bees that normally raid the honey and pollen left behind when a colony dies, refuse to go anywhere near the abandoned hives.

The West Coast has lost over 60 percent of its commercial bee population, and 70 percent of the population is now missing on the East Coast. It phenomenon seemed to start last autumn, and has now hit half of all American states. CCD has also spread from Germany all the way down to Greece.

No one knows for sure why it is happening, however the proposed theories involving mites, pesticides, global warming and GM crops all have drawbacks, that the cell phone conclusion does not share. However, many question remain unanswered and more research is needed to conclusively determine the true cause.

Posted by Casey Kazan wih Rebecca Sato.

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Or maybe it's something a bit more plausible and less tabloid-technophobic, like an under-tested pesticide?

http://www.cbgnetwork.org/2605.html

A valid point. though either way, it's yet another thing to add to our list of problems, watch this space.

I find it perfectly plausible. In fact, I have been wondering for at least 5 years whether there would be no side effects from omnipresent electromagnetic radiation. I had been thinking along the lines of seeing a huge increase in cancers in maybe 20-40 years' time. I can easily believe that CCD is caused by this.

Absolutely plausible.

Einstein never said that. There are several versions of that quote floating out there. Please cite your sources.

Humans evolved to see the light portion of the spectrum. Bees see into the ultraviolet. Whales and elephants have evolved to hear and transmit in the infrasonic.

There is not a single live creature on this planet that has evolved ANY sense in the gigahertz range, the megahertz range, or the longwave radiation range: radio and such.

This article doesn't take that into account.

Nope, if EM radiation were the culprit it wouldn't be affecting RURAL areas either. It would be affecting URBAN areas the most. That's where the majority of the concentration of EM is located.

Chemical poisoning is the most likely cause. When in doubt look at the money trail. Monsanto. Dow. Others.

Get it? It's not EM. It's THEM.

several versions of this article exist >> evidence not verifiable

First of all, change that picture! The article, though it only refers to 'bees', is clearly referring to honeybees (Apis) while the picture is of the totally separate bumblebee (Bombus), which doesn't produce honey in significant amounts.

As to the subject of the article, I'm a beekeeper myself, and regularly attend the BBKA convention. Bees are currently struggling enough as it is, with the varroa mite widespread and other pests and diseases causing problems.
CCD doesn't even exist, at least not with clearly definable symptoms. It's simply a generic name for an unexplained collapse of a colony. As for its cause, it's almost certainly some undetected pathogen. The other possibility is that the bees, flying extraordinarily late in the season die to the good weather, used up their 'mileage' and died.
The idea that it's caused by 'electrosmog' is ridiculous. Though it's possible that concentrated electric fields and signals can cause problems, this isn't relevant to reality. Bees fly predominantly in the countryside, due to the prevalence of nectar and pollen sources, and cover areas of 10 square miles or greater. Significant 'electrosmog' is only likely to be present in narrow bands close to power lines or in areas with high mobile phone coverage and usage- a description not really applicable to most of the countryside.
Consider also that if electrosmog is to blame, why has CCD struck America so much harder than the far more densely populated (and presumably electrosmogged) UK?

what in the world has changed? is it possible for all bee colonies to have spread a disease amongst themselves? when we look at issues are you really looking and thinking on a global scale? i doubt it. chemicals in the environment poisoning the worlds population of bees all at once? come on. if any chemical were to have been spread world wide, someone would have detected it. of course, we don't even note the fact that the world's magnetic field is working on it's multi-millenial flip. it's noted here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/06/080630-earth-core.html it's going to cause havoc with everything. and just so you'll know, while animals may not see EM they are affected by it. we all are. it was proven that bovines face north-south along magnetic field lines. the earth's changing EM field will probably change the lives of all creatures that migrate and utilize the earth's magnetic field for navigation. some will not survive the changes. the only problem with all this is that bees are crucial to plant pollination and thus are the base of our fruit and vegetable link in the food chain. it doesn't shock me to find that the average knuckle dragger is more concerned that the bee is not a honey bee or that einstein never stated that quote than the true underlying severity of this article. unlike most insects not affecting the rest of the globe if they disappear, bees affect nearly every animal in the food change that depend on plants for their nutritional needs. focus on the real issues dead bees means dead animals (us).

I dont see that the cell phone theory is without drawbacks? why then are they not disappearing north of Germany? Certainly there is massive cell phone use north of Germany in the rest of Europe. So yes, let us say that the cell phone theory does have its drawback.

Joven:

It's really not that hard to believe that a new pathogen has spread throughout the global bee population. Varroa, one of the main problems for beekeepers at the moment, spread from Japan and the USSR in the 1960s to a global presence today. It was first found in England in the early nineties: its now almost unheard of to find a hive without it. Though varroa is a parasite, it can only really spread through reused hives or with bee colonies, as a pathogen would. Other examples include Small Hive Beetle, an African parasite, the first US specimen of which was found in 1996 and which has since spread across the US. British beekeepers now dread its coming to the UK.
So yes, with the extensive trading of colonies and equipment, pathogens and parasites can spread exceedingly quickly and be difficult to prevent.

Chemicals are regularly spread around the world in a matter of only a few years. Often, it's not a case of not detecting them, but that they don't need to be detected: we, the humans, have spread them there. Look at DDT: used as an insecticide for years, it was only decades later that we realised its harmful effects and banned it.

The flip in the earth's magnetic field is an interesting point, but hardly likely to 'cause havoc with everything' as you put it. The last reversal took place 750,000 years ago. On average, it happens every 250,000 years. As bees have been around for millions of years, living in a manner almost identical to wild populations today, it seems pretty obvious that bees at least can cope with a reversal of the planetary magnetic field.
The article you reference is interesting, but it states a theorised connection between current fluctuations and an upcoming (and long overdue) flip, it doesn't actually say we're about to have one.
Leaving aside your ad hominem, I am pretty concerned about the trend of lowering bee populations. With keeping bees, I know a fair bit about their importance, the billions of pounds they are worth to the global economy. If bee populations continue to fall, we will not only see the disappearance of honey from our supermarket shelves, but also foods like almonds, where the pollination of the American orchards increases yields by an enormous percentage.
It's a serious issue, so shouldn't it at least be illustrated with a relevant picture?

I think this may have some relevance:

"EPA Withholds Pesticide Information While Bees Die"

http://www.ombwatch.org/article/articleview/4343

QUOTE:

"Humans evolved to see the light portion of the spectrum. Bees see into the ultraviolet. Whales and elephants have evolved to hear and transmit in the infrasonic.

There is not a single live creature on this planet that has evolved ANY sense in the gigahertz range, the megahertz range, or the longwave radiation range: radio and such.

This article doesn't take that into account.

Nope, if EM radiation were the culprit it wouldn't be affecting RURAL areas either. It would be affecting URBAN areas the most. That's where the majority of the concentration of EM is located.

Chemical poisoning is the most likely cause. When in doubt look at the money trail. Monsanto. Dow. Others.

Get it? It's not EM. It's THEM."

~~~~WRONG.~~~~

SEEING is not the only mode of perception. The Frey Effect, or Microwave Auditory Effect, works on ALL living beings (just alter the frequency per species). And, microwaves, of course, operate in quite a large share of the EM spectrum right next to light, but also next to infrared (in the tactile sensation or heat-perception range). And all that takes is 900MHz. A fricking standard 1990s house phone. Give it more power. Then what? Ever hear of the Thunderstorm Solar Powered Satellite system? Do you have ANY idea what GPS, WAAS, ground-penetrating radar, and you regular-old microwave ("cellular") tower do to living things?? Microwaves rattle up biological material that networks with water molecules, hence, ALL LIFE. Not "no lifeforms." Sorry. Do your homework. My e-paper trail will leave enough of an impression to convince you if you just Google my name.

Lux et Veritas,
Brendan Bombaci
www.kairologic.com

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Truly yours,
George.


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