Sunday, April 15, 2007

That Buzzing Sound on Cellphone Reception

Geoffrey Lean and Harriet Shawcross report in The Independent, ' Are mobile phones wiping out our bees?':

It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail.

They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world - the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon - which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe - was beginning to hit Britain as well.

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. [...]

Do I sense another Al Gore movie in the works?

I'm selling cellphone offset credits at 96 cents per minute of usage in order to give tee bee of Guide to Midwest Culture 5 cents of every dollar to overcome this global problem.

(H.T. Dr. Sanity via Instapundit.)

1 comment:

tee bee said...

But they have proof! They even say so!

The one thing I know is it's hard to keep bees. I've lost two of my four hives this winter, and one of the remaining hives is weak and may not make it.