Tuesday, March 20, 2007

a million bees cry out in horror

The theme of the day is “million”. Not as a blind stab at numerology, rather an organizing expression of the surreal ways in which our dying world acts out as Earth Services fall apart.

Below are recent news stories on Bees, Rivers, Fishies, and Camels. Ordered by importance. Frogs would be on the list but they are gone. How often does one hear a croaking frog in Suburbia, citizen? Green weaklings get their DNA unzipped. Two legs good four legs bad.

Would not it be weird if come this fall a selection of the tastiest and most nutritious crops available in the grocery stores had shrunk by a factor of one-third or two-thirds? That is to say, those formerly pollinated by North American bees.

Weird indeed, like flipping on a light switch when the power is off. We’ve come to expect more of our Dominion over the wee critters of nature.

Breathing through the air supply in the box. Need to snap out of global hypnosis.

Drumbeat. Ramming speed.

Bees - Biological Geiger Counters (Coal, Petrochemicals, GMO -ed.)
The New York Times and other major media sources have recently published scary articles about a catastrophe in the making, about a disaster that will soon have a direct impact on our collective stomachs. In 24 states throughout the country, beekeepers are getting the shock of their lives seeing hundreds of millions of their bees literally disappearing. Beekeepers go out to open their hives and find them empty. Bees are flying off in search of pollen and nectar and simply not returning to their homes, they vanish without a trace. Researchers say the bees are dying in the fields, perhaps becoming exhausted or simply disoriented and eventually falling victim to the cold. Researchers have labeled this affliction “colony collapse disorder.”

Scientists have already studied mercury levels in the head, abdomen and thorax of bees (Apis mellifera) from 20 bee populations coming from industrially contaminated areas with a dominant load of mercury (10 populations) as well as from uncontaminated areas. The following mercury levels were found in bees from the contaminated area: heads 0.029-0.385 mg/kg, thorax 0.028-0.595 mg/kg and abdomen 0.083-2.255 mg/kg. Mercury levels in samples from uncontaminated areas ranged from 0.004 to 0.024 mg/kg in the heads, from 0.004 to 0.008 mg/kg in the thorax and from 0.008 to 0.020 mg/kg in the abdomen. In honey samples from the contaminated and uncontaminated areas mercury levels ranged from 0.050 to 0.212 mg/kg and from 0.001 to 0.003 mg/kg, respectively.[iii] Researchers have also demonstrated heavy metal accumulation in honey suggested that honey may be useful for assessing the presence of environmental contaminants.[iv]

Many Major Rivers are in Danger of Dying: WWF (Coal, Oil, Natural Gas -ed.)
NEW DELHI - Climate change, pollution, over extraction of water and development are killing some of the world's most famous rivers including China's Yangtze, India's Ganges and Africa's Nile, conservation group WWF said on Tuesday.
At the global launch of its report "World's Top 10 Rivers at Risk", the Geneva-based group said many rivers could dry out, affecting hundreds of millions of people and killing unique aquatic life.
"If these rivers die, millions will lose their livelihoods, biodiversity will be destroyed on a massive scale, there will be less fresh water and agriculture, resulting in less food security," said Ravi Singh, secretary-general of WWF-India.

Up to one million fish found dead in Thai river (Global Warming, Petrochemicals -ed.)
Officials said they were still trying to determine what had caused the deaths of up to one million caged tubtim fish, a type of tilapia, at different locations along the river about 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Bangkok. Jaranthada Karnsasuta, director general of the fisheries department, said a sudden lack of oxygen in the water killed the fish.

Enduring Problem
Barnum, a federal scientist, called state Fish and Game workers and warned them: 'Be prepared for a fish kill; it's going to happen.'
In fact, it was already happening. By the next day the sea's north shore was clogged with the corpses of more than 1 million tilapia, according to Fish and Game estimates. The fish had died of a lack of oxygen after high winds churned up the lake, causing a chemical reaction that sucked the oxygen out of the water and tinged it green.

Million Fish Die In Colorado At Once - 'A Lack Of Oxygen'?
I was having a cup of tea in the kitchen when I heard a 'brief' blurb on the news telling of a million fish that had died in the Colorado River (covering an area of 7 miles). The reason given was 'lack of oxygen'. I waited to hear more on evening broadcasts (pictures) and there was NOTHING ¬ just that 30 second announcement. When I went searching I found that this was not an aberration pertaining just to the Colorado, but was happening in all parts of the country (rivers & lakes)and to put the people, who blame farmer's fertilizer at ease, many of these areas had no farms anywhere near them. Tens of thousands of fish have been found in California, Oregon, Washington State, Pennsylvania, and the Potomac etc.

Thirsty Wild Camels Rampage in Aboriginal Community (Global Warming, human stupidity -ed.)
Camels "mad with thirst" recently rampaged through the Western Desert Aboriginal community of Warakurna, damaging toilets, taps and air conditioners to find water.

"An estimated one million feral camels, whose numbers double every eight years, compete with native animals and livestock, threaten native plants, wreck fences, bores and tanks, and invade Aboriginal sites," said Glenn Edwards, from the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre.


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