Where have the bees gone?

By xerocube | April 16, 2007

Reading along my usual news sources today brought up an interesting article about the disappearance of large amounts of bees. And strangely, it has been attributed to electromagnetic radiation released from many of our high-tech gadgetry — mainly cell phones.

Are mobile phones wiping out our bees? – Independent Online Edition > Wildlife

The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees’ navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from finding their way back to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there is now evidence to back this up.

While I am not going to run out and ditch my cell phone any time soon, this is still an interesting read. And it makes me think of the implications of a world with less bees, which frankly is kind of scary. Less bees… less pollinated crops… less flora… less fauna. Well, maybe not the most likely situation, but still possible.

If nothing else, it’d make for a good sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.”

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