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What is killing the bees?

For several years I have been curious and concerned about reports from many parts of the world that bee colonies were vanishing or dying. Because of their ability to pollinate fruit and vegetables bees are of enormous importance to mankind. Finally a breakthrough in understanding this problem has appeared on the scene. Whether this solves the whole bee problem or is simply one part of a more complex issue remains to be seen.

An article in Natural News by David Gutierrez on September 30, 2008 has linked the bee die-off in the Baden-Wurttemburg state of Germany to direct contact with the insecticide clothianidin found on corn seeds (German Research Center for Cultivated Plants). This pesticide had been applied to rapeseed and sweet cornseeds in the Rhine River Valley. Piles of dead bees were discovered at the entrance of hives in early May 2008. Clothianidin was found in the tissues of 99% of the dead bees. This is the time when corn seeding takes place according to Walter Haefeker, president of the European Professional Beekeeping Association. The Julius Huehn Institute (federal agricultural research agency) stated "it can be unequivocally be concluded that a poisoning of the bees is due to a rub-off of the pesticide ingredient clothianidin from corn seeds." This chemical is estimated to have killed two-thirds of the bees in this state.

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake Sea of Okhotsk, Russia

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 7.3
Date-Time

* Monday, November 24, 2008 at 09:02:58 UTC
* Monday, November 24, 2008 at 08:02:58 PM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 54.198°N, 154.316°E
Depth 491.7 km (305.5 miles)
Region SEA OF OKHOTSK
Magnitude 7.3 SEA OF OKHOTSK
© USGS

Distances 315 km (195 miles) WNW of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

410 km (255 miles) NNW of Severo-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands, Russia

2355 km (1460 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan

6540 km (4060 miles) NE of MOSCOW, Russia

Fish

Solar-powered sea slug harnesses stolen plant genes

It's the ultimate form of solar power: eat a plant, become photosynthetic. Now researchers have found how one animal does just that.

Elysia chlorotica is a lurid green sea slug, with a gelatinous leaf-shaped body, that lives along the Atlantic seaboard of the US. What sets it apart from most other sea slugs is its ability to run on solar power.
Elysia chlorotica, the solar-powered sea slug
© PNAS
Elysia chlorotica, the solar-powered sea slug, is about 3 cm long.

Mary Rumpho of the University of Maine, is an expert on E. chlorotica and has now discovered how the sea slug gets this ability: it photosynthesises with genes "stolen" from the algae it eats.

Frog

Conservationists plan 'doomsday vault' for frog sperm

The freezer could be the future for frogs and other amphibians. Efforts announced today are currently underway around the world to boost amphibian numbers with cryopreservation and assisted reproduction.

Breeding frogs and their cousins to increase numbers could help vulnerable species survive looming extinctions. But getting amphibians to mate is not always straightforward, so researchers are developing other techniques to give them a helping hand.
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© David Tipling/Image Bank/Getty
Freezing frog sperm might help bolster numbers.

One proposal resembles the doomsday seed vault which opened this year in Norway. Only instead of plant seed, the amphibian vault would store sperm, guaranteeing amphibian genetic diversity for times of dwindling populations.

Cloud Lightning

Floods kill dozens in Brazil

At least 33 people have been killed by floods in southern Brazil after days of torrential rain.

The storms, which also triggered mudslides, have forced 20,000 people from their homes in Catarina state.

Teams have been working around the clock using helicopters and motorboats to rescue those left stranded by the floods.

More than ten people died in Blumenau, where town officials declared a state of emergency late on Sunday. Seven more died in the town of Jaragua do Sul.

At least one town has been forced to ration water due to purification problems and 250,000 have been left without power.

Frog

A Climate Gift for Future Generations: Ecuador Seeks to Commercialize Rainforest

Ecuador is the first country in the world to announce plans to leave the oil reserves beneath its rainforests in the ground. The country wants foreign businesses, including German companies, to compensate it for making this sacrifice.

There are as many different types of wood growing on each hectare in the Yasuni rainforest in the northwestern Amazon as there are species in all of North America. Even rare species of animals, like the mountain tapir and the brown-headed spider monkey, exist in the region. This paradise is also home to a number of native tribes now living in complete isolation from the outside world.

There is more biological diversity in the Yasuni rainforest than almost anywhere else in the world. The virgin forest is protected by its status as a national park and UNESCO biosphere reserve, but for how much longer? Several oil companies are pressuring the government in the Ecuadoran capital of Quito to finally issue drilling licenses for the biosphere.

Igloo

Update: Icy conditions as snow hits Britain

Large parts of the UK were waking up to a blanket of snow as an Arctic front swept across the country in the first prolonged cold snap of the winter.

Motorists were warned to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions with up to 10 centimetres (4in) of snow predicted to fall in eastern England.
Icy conditions as snow hits Britain
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Icy conditions as snow hits Britain

But MeteoGroup UK, the weather division of the Press Association, said much of the snow would be washed away by rain as the day progresses, with milder air coming from the south west.

Bizarro Earth

Colombian volcano sets off landslides

Bogota - Landslides triggered by a volcanic eruption injured nine people and destroyed more than 20 homes and five bridges in southwest Colombia, prompting a red alert for more activity.

President Alvaro Uribe flew with disaster officials over the volcano Friday, and ordered the air force to create an "air bridge" to supply cut off towns along the Rio Paez.

Bizarro Earth

6.8 earthquake strikes off Indonesian coast

Jakarta -- A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck just off the coast of southern Sumatra, Indonesia, on Saturday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

No agencies reported any damage or injuries, and a tsunami was not expected.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a "destructive widespread tsunami threat does not exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.

"However, there is a very small possibility of a local tsunami that could affect coasts located usually no more than 100 kilometers from the earthquake epicenter," the tsunami warning center said in a statement.

The quake happened about 11 p.m., the USGS said. It was centered about 147 kilometers (91 miles) west-southwest of Bengkulu, Sumatra, and 671 kilometers (417 miles) from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Igloo

The Earth's Not Flat, and It's Not Warming

It boggles the mind. Years after global temperature rises peaked around 1998 - and the world has been cooling ever since - we're still hearing shrill warnings that we are doomed to be deep fried by Mother Nature.

It's almost like insisting the world is flat even after Columbus made it to the New World without plunging over the edge of the earth.

And the warming alarmists have the gall to compare the growing number of scientists and others who scoff at their specious claims to flat-earth believers.

Whatever warming that took place as the world slowly emerged from the last little ice age has stopped. The cold hard fact of the matter is that the world is getting cooler. Spring and fall seasons are getting shorter, and all the evidence points to the onset of a new little ice age, if not a big one.

We don't have to worry about proving the case for global cooling. Mother Nature is doing the job for us. I'm willing to bet that as this winter gets underway, she's going to put on a real winter carnival for us, with blizzards of unprecedented fury, shoulder-high snow falls, and temperatures so cold as to be in some cases life-threatening.

Global warming is a fraud.