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What ever happened to killer bees and acid rain? I know they still exist. Are they just not threats anymore? (I'm saying that somewhat sarcastically if it's not clear; though maybe I missed the "We've turned the corner on pollution; and the bees have agreed to a cease-fire zone!" memos.)

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zotsf
Oct. 14th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Acid rain may actually have subsided a bit. I believe that there has been some actual clean up work done, but don't quote me on it. All I know is that there are real life carbon scrubbers that can be used to reduce pollution.

As to the bees? Hmmm...they are here. I think the real question is, did the U.S. bee population survive the decimating plague last year?
kaolinfire
Oct. 14th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Was the plague just last year? I thought it had been going on for some time (and just got a rash of journalism last year). What captures/keeps/stirs media attention is definitely beyond me.

http://www.usm.maine.edu/~pos/arrf.htm is pretty dang cool.

The EPA says that acid rain is a serious problem that affects large parts of the US and Canada...

Also pretty cool: http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/art/archives/150955.asp "Let acid rain color your umbrella"

Recent acid rain articles (google news search) seem to reference it as just another part of pollution. So perhaps it was the gateway drug to people caring about the environment...? And now people have gone on to bigger and better things? ((or just "everything"))

Although The Washington Independent says "acid rain pollutants [...] were successfully regulated through [a] cap-and-trade system, the Acid Rain Program". So at least somebody says "things are getting better".

Some recent news on bees: http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/blogs/bees/colony-collapse-disorder-55092903

I don't quite understand how bees dying early and not being able to eat enough cause them to die away from the hive...?

(separate article--""Normally the workers never leave a colony if there are capped cells with the young ones with it," he explained. "That's why people are referring to this as the disappearing of bees. They don't actually find big piles of dead bees, they just aren't there anymore." )

Edited at 2008-10-14 05:24 am (UTC)
neutronjockey
Oct. 14th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
No see, what you have to do is claim that the killer bees are Muslims and the acid rain is an Ay-rab plot... then it will get media attention again.
kaolinfire
Oct. 14th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
And here I thought the government was trying to save the environment by killing all the jobs...
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kaolinfire
Oct. 14th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
I managed to miss those (though being deep in Texas when all the rage started, there was a lot of killer bee mania)
girlspell
Oct. 14th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
About the bees. They're still around, but mating with domestic bees has kept them quiet.

Our librarian Robin, was married several years ago without the best man. He was the best friend of her husband. He had been living several years in Africa. One day, after a long tiring day, he decided to sleep in a tree. One does that in Africa. Anyway he was killed by bees in the tree. He disburbed a hive. He never really had a chance. I think they were hundreds of thousands of bees there. I don't think they were wasps. But real bees. Honeybees can get pretty enraged if you disturb them.
kaolinfire
Oct. 14th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
I used to sleep in trees on Berkeley campus between classes, sometimes. Not the most comfortable things, but it's nice to be off the ground.

That sounds like a particularly horrid way to die. =/
girlspell
Oct. 14th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Pretty bad way to go. I was horrified when she told me. They had to postpone their wedding. Later on, they had a special memorial for him during their wedding.

Bees are interesting creatures. Generally wasps (hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, etc.) are the meat eaters. The bikers of the bee world. True bees are the herbivore of the bee world. But like some mammels (hippos, water buffalos, humans, etc) they are more ferocious then the carnivors.
shamster
Oct. 14th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
The killer bee scare was a media-hype because at the time there wasn't anything better to report about. They exist, but don't really deserve the name 'killer'. In short - no, the threat was not real, and the media lied to us.
kaolinfire
Oct. 14th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
*gasp* *media* *lied*?

I guess that's what we need the war for. To keep media honest, talking about things that really matter.

/bleargh/

Killer bees do seem to have mattered for a lot of people, but not "the nation", it appears.

Edited at 2008-10-14 06:56 pm (UTC)
shamster
Oct. 14th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
We have so many more people dying from car crashes, but we still don't see any Killer Kars getting marketed.. !!
yessod
Oct. 14th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
My understanding (and I have nothing to back this up):

Acid rain has been reduced a great deal. It's still present, but the reduction in coal pollution in the Tennessee Valley, Pennsylvania, and New York has seriously reduced the amount of acid rain.

African bees have interbred with American bees (which is something that wasn't expected to happen), which has reduced their aggression. The threat was always somewhat overhyped. Deaths from bees, hornets, and yellowjackets are up across the southern US, partly due to this and partly due to increased temperatures meaning increased activity during the winter, but these deaths are sufficiently uncommon that it's not really worth mentioning. If death from falling saguaro cactus doubled, we still probably wouldn't notice on any practical level.
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