Honey bees not in danger -- never were? Capitalism saved the day?

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  1. JosephDredd

    JosephDredd Gold Belt

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...pse-u-s-honeybee-colonies-hit-a-20-year-high/

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    News to me.
     
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    So the efforts we have made to stop the so-called collapse seems working. Well whether there ever was a collapse, an increase is a good sign.
     
  3. KONG-D'SNT-TAP

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    does thst mean I can start killing bees again
     
  4. Renard

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    I don't like buying packaged bees, never tastes as good as the fresh ones.
     
  5. Rex Kwon Do

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    I remember when a few idiots were freaking out about the beepocalypse. I even read we might end up going to war with Russia over it (srs). The same type of people that freaked over that non-issue are the same types that freak out over global warming.
     
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    Well, that sounds like good news. However, there's a couple things:


    1) Even if more aggressive cultivation is keeping numbers buoyant, doubling/tripling the dieoff rate is still concerning. If conditions worsen, at some point, you get to a place where just splitting your hives doesn't keep up.


    2) These are just managed commercial colonies, yes?
    How are wild bees doing? Quick Googling says "not so good".

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-bees-almonds-20151221-htmlstory.html
     
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    The bee effort has been helped by people you know. Like scientists.

    If we let the steady decline of bees continue it would become a complete disaster for the planet.

    Just like climate change. Also scientists are helping with this "non-issue."
     
  9. Prefect

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    That really worked out for the dodo.
     
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    Or the passenger pigeon, which really shows that the general populations response to being told that a species is at a point of critical decline is to rush out and make sure to kill as many survivors as possible before the resource it has been providing disappears forever.

    Nugent's an idiot.
     
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    Most important post on the first page. I keep an eye on the balance of nature.
     
  12. Striderx5

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    [​IMG] I swear everything I here is a lie. Pluto not a planet...bees not dying... Scientists are letting me down lately.
     
  13. MicroBrew

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    Or for all the fish species that were on the brink of collapse forcing governments to create a quota system but illegal fishing does not care about quotas, and the Chinese are big into illegal fishing. BlueFin Tuna, which is a sushi delicacy, is threatened or endangered.
     
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    He's got a point as far as if something could turn a profit, or be monetized so to speak, someone will try to manage it as an asset and will try to make it grow in order to maximize profits.

    Just look at large mammals in Africa. The only places where they have positive population growth are places where they can be used to generate profit. i.e. game preserves and safaris.
     
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  16. Prefect

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    Yep. No issues with uncontrolled poaching by Minnesotan dentist on safaris in Africa. That dentist had to try real hard to find people desperate enough to facilitate his poaching.
     
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    That still doesn't change the fact the only places were the animals are doing well is where the native population see them it as a financial gain to manage and control the population.

    And crazy Ted is right as long as management is the first priority.
     
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    Probably stats released by pesticide company sponsored sources..
    You have only to look with your own eyes to see there arent as many bees around these days. Other insects like ladybugs have declined big time too.
     
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    He wasn't poaching.

    I wonder what affect the drought in California has on the bee population.
     
  20. oleDirtyBast4rd

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    Can you do me a favor and define poaching?
     

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