Dying Honeybees

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Time magazine’s environmental editor Bryan Walsh looks at the causes behind mass bee deaths — a mixture of new pesticides, parasitic mites and bacterial disease within the colonies — and what the potential death of the honeybee could mean for our future. His article “The Death of Bees” is in the August 19 issue of Time.  


Bryan Walsh

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Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What We Can Do to Stop It

"If the bee disappears from the earth, man would have no more than four years to live" Albert Einstein.

This beautifully illustrated edition is meant to educate the reader about the potential extinction of the bees as an indicator of a mass extinction, the last one of which was 65 million years ago. It explains what pollination is, who does it, why it’s essential to us, what things are threatening our pollinators and what we, as individuals, can do about it. Trailer:

Sep. 10 2013 01:54 PM
Linda Larson from Manhattan

I wanted to call in to let you and Bryan know about this person and project which is doing very good things for the plight of the bee. The person is Gunther Hauk and he is putting a whole-hearted effort into his "Honeybee Sanctuary" at Spikenard Farm in Virginia, with an emphasis on helping the bees. He also works out of an organic farming background called Biodynamic Agriculture. I think you and Bryan would both find this worth checking into. The website is and the phone is 540-745-2153.

Leonard, thank you for your excellent interview with Bryan today and for your program overall. Would you be able to pass this email info on to Bryan, just in case I don't manage to reach him in the best way right away.

Linda Larson, 212-496-2403

Aug. 13 2013 01:37 PM
Amy from Manhattan

If there are wild colonies we don't even know exist, do we have any idea how the bee die-off affects wild bees?

Aug. 13 2013 01:26 PM
pliny from soho

what happened to killer bees

Aug. 13 2013 01:23 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Did the European honeybees displace native species?

Aug. 13 2013 01:22 PM
Britta B. from Cross River, NY

There is an excellent documentary on this subject, More Than Honey.

Aug. 13 2013 01:17 PM
jess from highland park nj

what about light pollution? i saw an interesting docu on wnet last night that said that light pollution (not being able to see the night sky) keeps some migrating birds from their original patterns.

Aug. 13 2013 01:09 PM

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