This Dutch video says about itself (translated):
April 24, 2016
See also here.
This Dutch video says about itself (translated):
April 24, 2016
See also here.
This National Geographic video says about itself:
Amazing Time-Lapse: Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes
20 May 2015
Witness the eerily beautiful growth of larvae into bees in this mesmerizing time-lapse video from photographer Anand Varma. Varma said the six-month project, for which he built a beehive in his workshop, gave him a new respect for the meticulous job of beekeeping.
Click here to read the behind the scene’s story of exactly how photographer Anand Varma made this amazing time-lapse.
This video from England says about itself:
15 December 2014
Translated from Wageningen university in the Netherlands:
Monday, April 13th, 2015
Again, Dutch beekeepers have lost last winter on average comparatively few bee colonies: about 10%. This means that winter mortality, measured in early April, now for three years in a row has been around 10% (respectively 13%, 9% and 10% in 2013, 2014 and 2015). This is the outcome of a telephone survey of beekeepers carried out on 2 April by the Dutch Beekeepers Association (NBV) and bee researchers from Wageningen university.
Winter mortality among bee colonies has for years been alarmingly high. There were winters that one out of four colonies did not survives. Fortunately, the most recent winters shows that the mortality rate is lower now.
This video is called Biology of the Honey Bee.
Dear friends across the Netherlands,
Silently, billions of bees are dying off and our entire food chain is in danger. Bees don’t just make honey — they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 75% of growing plants. But in days Secretary of State Sharon Dijksma could move to ban the toxic pesticides linked to bee death.
Secretary of State Sharon Dijksma has been asked to explain the government’s position on banning these bee-killers. So far, this just hasn’t been enough of a priority for her, but with Provincial elections about to happen, her party is under pressure. If she hears directly from enough of us now, she could be pushed to ban these chemicals before the growing season starts.
This is our opportunity to show the politician responsible for Agriculture that we really care about the bees, and we want her to take action to protect nature. Click here to send a message directly to Ms Dijksma’s office:
Bees are a humble workforce. Without their work, our food chain is at risk. But bee populations are declining rapidly – and scientists think that neonicotinoid pesticides are at least partly to blame. A partial ban at the EU has limited the use of these chemicals but it doesn’t provide total protection to our bees.
The big chemical companies want Secretary of State Sharon Dijksma to believe that her hands are tied by EU rules – but this isn’t true: we can act with precaution. So let’s flood the Secretary of State with thousands of emails to send her a clear message: that she should listen to Dutch people – not the agri-chemical industry, and ban the bee-killers:
Last year, more than 65.000 of us signed a petition to create a deafening buzz, pushing our Government to ban the bee-killers. Now let’s come together again to make sure the government implements this decision and saves our bees.With hope and determination,
Jo, Spyro, Anne, Luis and the whole Avaaz team
$15 Billion Bee Murder Mystery Deepens (Business Insider)
Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline (The Guardian)
Bird declines linked to popular pesticides (National Geographic)
NGOs and beekeepers take legal action to defend EU ban of bee-killing pesticides against Syngenta and Bayer (Greenpeace)
Europe to ban pesticides in an effort to protect bees (Nature.com)
This video says about itself:
Killing Bees: Are Government and Industry Responsible?
18 September 2012
From Earth Focus/LinkTV: Honeybees, the essential pollinators of many of our major crops have been dying of in massive numbers since 2006. This threatens the US agricultural system and the one in twelve American jobs that depends on it.
There is growing evidence that a new class of pesticides — nerve toxins called neonicotinoids — used on most US crops including almost all corn — may be toxic to bees. The US Environmental Protection Agency allowed neonicotinoids on the market without adequate tests to determine their toxicity to bees. Environmentalists want neonicotinoids banned until needed safety tests are done. While the US government is slow to act and neonicotinoid sales reap billions for the chemical industry, bees continue to die.
From Science magazine:
14 November 2014
The trouble with neonicotinoids
Four decades ago, DDT and other pesticides that cause environmental harm were banned. Since then, newly developed pesticides have had to conform to stricter environmental standards. Yet, recent studies highlight the subtle but deadly impacts of neonicotinoids—the most widely used insecticides in the world—on ecosystems (1–3).
In contrast to other insecticides, neonicotinoids are systemic, meaning that they are highly soluble and thus absorbed by the plant. They produce delayed mortality in arthropods after chronic exposure to sublethal doses but are not very toxic to vertebrates. It has taken more than a decade to unravel some of the mechanisms through which neonicotinoids affect the integrity of ecosystems. Although gaps in knowledge remain, there is a strong case for stricter regulation of these pesticides.
The full text of this article is here.
Less flowers, less bees: here.
Shedding Light on Three Big Lies About Systemic Pesticides and Bees: here.
From the League of Conservation Voters in the USA:
|Stop the Bee-pocalypse! Take action now to save our nation’s honeybeesDear Activist,
Could you imagine a fall without fresh apples? Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie? Chips without guacamole? It’s hard to picture, but this could be our not-so-distant future if we don’t take action now to save our number one food security guard — the honeybee.
In recent years, nearly one third of commercial bee colonies in the U.S. have been dying over the winter. In Oregon last year we saw the biggest mass killing ever, as 50,000 bumblebees dropped dead after coming in contact with a pesticide used purely for aesthetic purposes. The situation is so bad that people have started to dub it the “Bee-pocalypse.”
Why is this a big deal? Because one third of the food produced in North America, including nearly 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables like apples, pumpkins, cranberries, and avocados, rely on honeybees for pollination.
Losing our bees wouldn’t just leave us without delicious guacamole and apple pie, it would be a crushing blow to our economy. We could lose more than $15 billion a year in agricultural production in the U.S.
The good news is that Congress has finally started to take notice. Just last week, a bill (H.R. 2692) to save honeybees by temporarily banning certain pesticides reached 71 co-sponsors.
This is the closest we’ve ever gotten to actual legislation to protect our bees, so we need your help to spread the word and keep the momentum going. If enough of us speak out, we can get more members of Congress to support this bill and make saving our bees a reality.
The mass death of our honeybees is not a natural phenomenon. Europe is seeing huge population declines as well. The difference is that the European Union is working to reverse this trend with a two-year ban in place on neonicotinoids, the pesticides linked to mass bee deaths. We need your help to get the United States to follow suit.
This bill would temporarily halt certain pesticides while safer pesticides are being developed. And get this — we may already have the key to a safer pesticide. Researchers in England have been investigating the venom of one of the world’s most deadly spiders, the Australian funnel web spider. The spider’s venom creates a bio-pesticide that is still fatal to common farm pests, but appears to have absolutely no effect on bees.
We have a very real shot at saving the bees, but only if we stop the use of dangerous pesticides and develop new, safer alternatives. But we have to act now to convince Congress to do something about it. There are 65 members supporting the bill so far — will you help us get even more on our side?
There’s no simple solution to the bee crisis, but we do know about some steps we can take now to move us in the right direction and the first one is passing this bill. The success of our crops and security of our nation’s food supply hinges on whether or not we can protect our bees. So thank you for telling Congress to take action today.
We can do this. Be a part of history and sign today.
After the results of government-run tests reveal that crops treated with neonics were responsible for the mass poisoning of wild bees, conservation organisation Buglife conclude that to ensure the safety of pollinators, all neonic seed treatment use must be suspended in the UK: here.