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Who Killed The Honey Bee? (BBC Documentary)

Published on Nov 19, 2012

Bees are dying in their millions. It is an ecological crisis that threatens to bring global agriculture to a standstill. Introduced by Martha Kearney, this documentary explores the reasons behind the decline of bee colonies across the globe, investigating what might be at the root of this devastation.

Honey bees are the number one insect pollinator on the planet, responsible for the production of over 90 crops. Apples, berries, cucumbers, nuts, cabbages and even cotton will struggle to be produced if bee colonies continue to decline at the current rate. Empty hives have been reported from as far afield as Taipei and Tennessee. In England, the matter has caused beekeepers to march on Parliament to call on the government to fund research into what they say is potentially a bigger threat to humanity than the current financial crisis.

Investigating the problem from a global perspective, the programme makers travel from the farm belt of California to the flatlands of East Anglia to the outback of Australia. They talk to the beekeepers whose livelihoods are threatened by colony collapse disorder, the scientists entrusted with solving the problem, and the Australian beekeepers who are making a fortune replacing the planet’s dying bees. They also look at some of the possible reasons for the declining numbers – is it down to a bee plague, pesticides, malnutrition? Or is the answer something even more frightening?

Alarming decline of bees makes the cover of TIME

Philip Strange Science and Nature Writing

Bees are now being kept in the most unlikely of places, including the roofs of busy city centre shopping complexes.   I recently visited the bees high over Exeter’s Princesshay shopping centre.  Here is the article I wrote about these city bees for the Marshwood Vale Magazine.  I also wrote another article on the same topic but with a different slant, for Occam’s Typewriter.

Princesshay bees 1

It’s been a tough time lately for the bees in this country. Last summer’s poor weather followed by a long winter and a late spring meant that winter losses of honeybees were higher than normal. The South West was particularly badly affected with up to half of the region’s honeybees failing to make it through the winter. Whether there are fewer bumblebees and solitary bees is unclear, but the plight of the bees should concern us all because of the important role these insects play in…

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15 school students hurt, 1 critically, in bee swarm horror

On the first day of school after 10 days of vacation, more than a dozen students of Class VI in Government High School, Sector 40, were bitten by a swarm of honeybees on Tuesday.

As many as 15 students, including eight girls, were playing kho-kho during their games period when bees attacked them. One of them, Pardeep Kumar, was injured critically and was rushed to Government Multi-speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16 with serious injuries. Schoolteacher Rama Jain, who accompanied the students to hospital, said the incident took place around 12.10pm when students were playing. She said some of the students managed to save themselves after running inside the classrooms.

”The beehive was on a tree and bees attacked the children suddenly,”

Rama said adding that the injured children were rushed to civil dispensary in Sector 40, but were then referred to GMSH-16 in the absence of proper medical staff in the dispensary.

Injured students were rushed at GMSH-16 in police vehicles. Deepa, 13, said, “We were playing kho-kho when a swarm of bees attacked us. Bees stung on both my hands.”

One of the injured girls told TOI that bees attacked them after some boys threw stones toward the beehive. Panic gripped the students after the attack and school management instructed all of them to stay inside the class rooms. The parents of injured students were informed by the school management.

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 at 03:09 (03:09 AM) UTC RSOE