colony collapse disorder

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

Did you know that one out of three bites of food that Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination? Honeybees play a crucial role in the nation's food supply, which means the

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Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report

Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report

The preliminary results of the 2013–14 report on overwinter colony loss amongst U.S. honeybees have been announced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report shows that while

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New Harvard Study Reveals Link Between Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Pesticides

New Harvard Study Reveals Link Between Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Pesticides

A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) confirms what has long been feared: insecticides, in particular those in the neonicotinoid class, are causing the wide-scale collapse of bee

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Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

A new crowdfunding project aims to put the power to fight colony collapse disorder in the hands of everyday people. Now, anyone can log on and download a simple design for their own internet-connected

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Artist Aganetha Dyck Teams Up With Bees to Create Amazing Honeycomb Sculptures

Artist Aganetha Dyck Teams Up With Bees to Create Amazing Honeycomb Sculptures

Dyck has been working with honeybees to make her art works for over 20 years, but the pieces take an especially somber tone since the onslaught of colony collapse disorder has hit North America and

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USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pulling out the big guns to save struggling honeybee populations, pledging millions of dollars to help ranchers and farmers nurture bee colonies for food production.

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FARMM’s b-Shack is an Urban Hive and Bee Study Center for McGill Students

FARMM’s b-Shack is an Urban Hive and Bee Study Center for McGill Students

The brilliant b-Shack developed by McGill School of Architecture students is an urban beehive that doubles as an educational facility. The project will bring urban beekeepers and volunteers together to

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Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey bees photo from Shutterstock A new report published in the journal mBio shows that the staggering rise in honey bee deaths over the past decade could be partly due to a virus that stems from

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5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

In a groundbreaking study, 5,000 honey bees in Australia are set to be fitted with tiny sensors in an effort to better understand Colony Collapse Disorder. The 2.5mm by 2.5mm Radio Frequency

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Falling Numbers of Honeybees Threaten UK’s Food Security

Falling Numbers of Honeybees Threaten UK’s Food Security

 Photo © Shutterstock A new study in the journal PLoS One has revealed that UK honeybees are only providing a quarter of the pollination that is actually needed for all of the nation's crops. Out of

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Scientists Launch ‘ZomBee Watch’ Website to Track Parasite-Infected Zombie Bee Sightings

Scientists Launch ‘ZomBee Watch’ Website to Track Parasite-Infected Zombie Bee Sightings

Bee photo from Shutterstock Last year a team of scientists at San Francisco State University discovered that parasitic flies are attacking bees and turning them into zombies that walk around in circles

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PopTarts Works’ Cardboard Beehive Hotel Can Support a Colony of City Bees

PopTarts Works’ Cardboard Beehive Hotel Can Support a Colony of City Bees

The designers of PopTarts Works were alarmed by the growing disappearance of Toronto's bees, so they went about trying to find a design solution that could help their fuzzy, flying local friends. What

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Study Shows Car Exhaust Destroys Honeybees’ Sense of Smell

Study Shows Car Exhaust Destroys Honeybees’ Sense of Smell

A new UK study shows that the fumes emitted by cars may have a devastating impact on honeybees' ability to find and recognize flowers to use as food. The scientists found that pollutants in diesel

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Florida Citrus Grower Kills Millions of Bees, Gets Off with Measly $1,500 Fine

Florida Citrus Grower Kills Millions of Bees, Gets Off with Measly $1,500 Fine

While environmentalists and politicians disagree about whether or not to ban pesticides suspected of killing honeybees, some farmers are completely disregarding bee-protecting legislation that's already

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500,000 Bees Move Into Seattle-Tacoma Airport

500,000 Bees Move Into Seattle-Tacoma Airport

The Seattle-Tacoma Airport has repurposed its empty land and is now hosting 500,000 honeybees as part of a partnership with nonprofit group The Common Acre. In the midst of mass bee die-offs and fears

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Home Depot’s “Bee-Friendly Plants” are Laced with Toxic Pesticides

Home Depot’s “Bee-Friendly Plants” are Laced with Toxic Pesticides

Photo via Shutterstock Bee populations have plummeted over the last decade or so and activists and farmers are very concerned about the impact this loss will have on our food supply. Consequently,

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The Popularity of Urban Beekeeping May Actually Be Killing Bees

The Popularity of Urban Beekeeping May Actually Be Killing Bees

Photo via Shutterstock It's a case of too much of a good thing: A surge in the number of hives in some cities might actually be causing harm to the local honey bee population. According to an article

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6 Buzzworthy Backyard Beehive Designs

6 Buzzworthy Backyard Beehive Designs

Urban Beehive by Philips Traditionally, beehives have been little more than wooden boxes with multiple internal screens upon which bees can deposit honey. The Urban Beehive by Philips is a much more

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EU Bans Fipronil, Another Pesticide Harmful to Bees

EU Bans Fipronil, Another Pesticide Harmful to Bees

After banning neonicotinoid-containing pesticides earlier this year, the European Union Commission has added Fipronil to the list of banned chemicals. The majority vote was cast yesterday in an effort to

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New Study Shows Insecticide Alters Honeybee Genes

New Study Shows Insecticide Alters Honeybee Genes

Image via Shutterstock New research shows that exposure to a certain kind of insecticide alters the genetic makeup of honeybees. The US has denied the link between insecticides and honeybee deaths,

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Why the Bees are Dying: An Ancient Solution to a Modern Problem Found in Classic Literature

Why the Bees are Dying: An Ancient Solution to a Modern Problem Found in Classic Literature

Image via Shutterstock I’m seeing news of bees’ demise everywhere. Most recently in Whole Foods’ visionary photo of its half-empty produce section in a world without bees. It brought to mind the

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25,000 Bees Found Dead in a Target Parking Lot in Oregon

25,000 Bees Found Dead in a Target Parking Lot in Oregon

Photo via Shutterstock This week is National Pollinator Week, but you wouldn't know it if you stepped into the Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon. There, shoppers noticed thousands of dead

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More Than Honey Film Documents the Life and Decline of Honey Bees Around the Globe

More Than Honey Film Documents the Life and Decline of Honey Bees Around the Globe

Dwindling bee populations and colony collapse have been hot topics lately, and Markus Imhoof is giving us a closer look at these issues in his poignant new film, More Than Honey. Currently showing at New

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Study Finds Honey Bee Food May Contribute to Colony Collapse

Study Finds Honey Bee Food May Contribute to Colony Collapse

Honeybees photo from Shutterstock Last winter, beekeepers in the United States lost an alarming one-third of their hives to colony collapse disorder. While many acknowledge that pesticides, climate

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One in Three Honeybees Died Last Winter in the US

One in Three Honeybees Died Last Winter in the US

Bee photo from Shutterstock This past winter was a harsh one - particularly for bees and beekeepers across the United States. A recent survey by the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors

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US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban

US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban

Photo via Shutterstock Just days after Europe placed a two year ban on bee-killing pesticides, the US government has released a claim that there is no clear link between widespread colony collapse and

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Beekeepers Report Bee Losses of Up to 50 Percent in 2012

Beekeepers Report Bee Losses of Up to 50 Percent in 2012

Beekeepers across the country are reporting that colony collapse disorder has resulted in bee losses in their hives at higher rates than ever before. Bees have been dying off at alarming rates since 2005,

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Coalition Sues US Government Over Pesticides Toxic to Bees

Coalition Sues US Government Over Pesticides Toxic to Bees

Photo via Shutterstock American beekeepers, conservation groups and food campaigners have filed a lawsuit against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to protect the

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UK Home Improvement Retailers to Withdraw Products Containing Chemicals Harmful to Bees

UK Home Improvement Retailers to Withdraw Products Containing Chemicals Harmful to Bees

Bees have had a rough time in the past few years - from the Varroa mite and colony collapse disorder to factory waste contaminating their honey. Heeding the insect's buzz for help, UK home improvement

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Stinging New Study Uncovers More Evidence of Pesticide Harm to Bees

Stinging New Study Uncovers More Evidence of Pesticide Harm to Bees

Poor bees. Not only do they have problems with Colony Collapse Disorder and pollutants affecting the quality and color of their honey, they also have to worry about coming into contact with a barrage of

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