More Scientific Studies Indicate That Cell Phones are Killing Bees

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Scientists may have found the cause of the world’s sudden dwindling population of bees – and cell phones are to blame. Research conducted in Lausanne, Switzerland has shown that the signal from cell phones not only confuses bees, but also leads to their death. Over 83 experiments have yielded the same results. With virtually most of the population of the United States (and the rest of the world) owning cell phones, the impact has been greatly noticeable.

Led by researcher Daniel Favre, the alarming study found that bees reacted significantly to cell phones that were placed near or in hives in call-making mode. The bees sensed the signals transmitted when the phones rang, and emitted heavy buzzing noise during the calls.  The calls act as an instinctive warning to leave the hive, but the frequency confuses the bees, causing them to fly erratically, and then suddenly die! The study found that the bees’ buzzing noise increases ten times when a cell phone is ringing or making a call – aka when signals are being transmitted, but remained normal when not in use.

The signals cause the bees to become lost and disoriented, resulting in death.  The impact has already been felt the world over, as the population of bees in the U.S. and the U.K. has decreased by almost half in the last thirty years – which coincides with the popularization and acceptance of cell phones as a personal device.  Studies as far back as 2008 have found that bees are repelled by cell phone signals.

Bees are an integral and necessary part of our agricultural and ecological systems, producing honey, and more importantly pollinating our crops.  As it is unlikely that the world will learn to forgo the convenience of cell phones, it is unclear how catastrophic the impact of the loss of bees could become.

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One Response to More Scientific Studies Indicate That Cell Phones are Killing Bees

  1. Emily Heath says:

    The research by Daniel Favre has been widely misreported as far as I can make out. In the study the bees didn’t die afterwards, they just piped more (a way of communicating where one bee mounts another and vibrates her wing muscles against the other bee) whilst the phones were ringing.

    Have a read of the original research: http://www.springerlink.com/content/bx23551862212177/fulltext.pdf

    In his statement to the press Dr Favre has called for further research using mobile phone apparatuses placed at increasing distances from hives. He also refers to mobile phone handsets as being one possible contributing factor to the decline of honey bees, along with varroa and pesticides.

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