May 25, 2007

Organic bees thriving, GM link to beepocalypse.

Filed under: bees, environment — girlyswot @ 4:36 pm

Here’s an interesting twist to the bee saga. Apparently organic bees are in a better state than their non-organic sisters. Organic farmers blame pesticides used in the hives to fumigate for mites, antibiotics and transporting bees for pollination services as major stresses to the colonies and another possible reason that bees are disappearing.

But it might also be the case that organic bees don’t come into contact with GM crops. German scientists think that the massive decline of bee populations in the US is the result of the extensive use of GM crops. Test have shown that GM crop weakened bees’ intestines so that they become more vulnerable to parasites.

In some collapsed colonies in the US, the bees were found to have multiple infections and they suspect that GM crops are doing something to their immune systems. The hives are also possibly toxic. Usually when a colony collapses, a nearby colony raids it for honey and pollen stores. Now there’s something in there that’s repelling them.


April 18, 2007

Lost bee epidemic

Filed under: environment, Uncategorized — girlyswot @ 1:20 pm

There’s another theory about why there’s a bee apocalypse that’s spread from the US to Europe and now Britain. Apparently radiation from mobile phones are interfering with bees ability to find their way back to their hives. They get lost and die alone.

Sounds like modern life.

March 14, 2007

More dead birds

Filed under: environment — girlyswot @ 3:20 pm

They think they’ve found what’s killing the birds near Esperence — lead poisoning. They’re also worried that town’s water supplies have been contaminated with high levels of lead and nickle sulfide from the dust blowing back into town from loading lead carbonate at the local port. It’s ended up in rainwater tanks and the locals are worried. The resources boom ain’t all big houses and flashy cars.

March 4, 2007

I’m in bizarro land

Filed under: environment, life, politics — girlyswot @ 9:59 pm

OK. So I’m sitting at home on a sunday night, medicating my long dark teatime of the soul with a glass of wine, watching TV and reading my rss feeds, when low and behold I feel like I’ve materialised in bizarro land.

First up, I’m watching Cool Aid on channel 10. It’s looking at Australians’ contribution to climate change and showing how ‘we can all do something’. There’s even green ads for green cars and green electricity. Fucksake, they’re interviewing Al Gore. Ooh — here’s a nice Gore soundbite, referring to solutions to climate change — we don’t need a silver bullet, we need silver buckshot.

Next, I’m reading the my Herald Sun feeds and I come across the number one story in National News and it’s Emissions a new Clean Up target and in the Breaking News Skinny models ban for Fashion Week.

Am I in Howard’s Australia? It’s freaking me out, but I’m just gonna close my eyes and believe. Mainstream Australia is coming on board and we’re going to change the world for the better. How ’bout that.

(I’m an optimist at heart)

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