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Scientists fear flight of Britain's bumblebees!

"It would be a real shame if we lost it."
Comment: That is an understatement!

Comment: Yep, this is serious. If you have been following the signs you would know that normal bees are also drastically disappearing.

Cloud Lightning

East Coast Storm Nixes Over 400 Flights

©AP Photo/Cheryl Senter
Local police attend to a car that has spun off the road on RTE 9

NEW YORK - A powerful nor'easter pounded the East with wind and pouring rain Sunday, grounding airlines and threatening to create some of the worst coastal flooding some areas had seen in more than a decade.

Bizarro Earth

Earthquake-like phenomenon in central Vietnam panics residents

Hundreds of people in a village in Vietnam's central highlands fled their homes in panic early Monday when a suspected earthquake hit the area.

Magic Wand

Mankind 'can't influence' climate sez Prize Winning Scientist

Melting moment ... Ian Plimer says processes which end in ice caps crashing down start as long as 800 years ago

Mankind is naive to think it can influence climate change, according to a prize-winning Australian geologist.


Losing Bees, Butterflies And Other Pollinators

Humans are reducing numbers of pollinators like bees and butterflies by destroying habitats, spraying pesticides and emitting pollution. Now, a University of Kansas researcher and a world-famous crop artist are behind a nationwide campaign to publicize the peril faced by species that transfer pollen between flowers.

"This is serious," said Orley "Chip" Taylor, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at KU. "We're losing six thousand acres of habitat a day to development, 365 days a year. One out of every three bites you eat is traceable to pollinators' activity. But if you start losing pollinators, you start losing plants."

Taylor works with the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC). That group has successfully worked with the United States Department of Agriculture and U.S. Senate to designate June 24 through June 30, 2007, as "National Pollinator Week." The NAPPC also has convinced the United States Postal Service to issue a block of four "Pollination" stamps this summer depicting a Morrison's bumble bee, a calliope hummingbird, a lesser long-nosed bat and a Southern dogface butterfly.

Light Sabers

French Beekeepers Brace for Asian Sting

Ambushing locals as they return home from work, foreign invaders are dismembering French natives and feeding them to their young.

This horror scenario is playing out in France's beehives, where an ultra-aggressive species of Asian hornets - who likely migrated in pottery shipped from China - may be threatening French honey production.

The hornets are thought to have reached France in 2004 after stowing away on a cargo boat, said Claire Villemant, a lecturer at Paris' Natural History Museum.

Bizarro Earth

Spring's slow arrival hits crops, baseball

Wheat fields ruined by freezing temperatures, snowed-out baseball games in Cleveland and Chicago, and shivering vacationers have made this spring one to forget across much of the United States.

After the warmest winter ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere and much talk of global warming, weather watchers say occasional snowstorms in the Midwest and Northeast, and unseasonable cold gripping much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation, is rare though not unprecedented.

Cloud Lightning

Storms Cancels Flights in N.Y and N.J.

NEW YORK - Airlines canceled 300 flights Sunday as a hard-blowing nor'easter gathered strength along the East Coast and threatened to deliver some of the worst flooding to coastal Long Island in 14 years.

Red Flag

Are mobile phones wiping out our bees?

Scientists claim radiation from handsets are to blame for mysterious 'colony collapse' of bees


UK weather: Its July in April

Britain will enjoy the warmest weather of the year so far this weekend as Britain basks in glorious sunshine, weather forecasters have predicted.

It is expected to be around 10 degrees above the seasonal average in the coming days as thermometers in parts of Britain hit 24C-25C (75F-77F).