06 July 2013

Beekeepers facing 'meltdown' as more than half of hives wiped out

The headline on this story on Independent.ie seems, well, a little over-dramatic. 'Meltdown,' as in a runaway nuclear fission reaction, produces an ugly, hot jumble of radioactive fuel, control rods, moderator and coolant. That sounds a teeny bit more serious than beekeepers losing stocks.

Three Mile Island was serious. Chernobyl, though not strictly a meltdown, was serious.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/beekeepers-facing-meltdown-as-more-than-half-of-hives-wiped-out-29394236.html

1 comment:

Dr Beekeeper said...

Meltdown - that is a slightly melodramatic term but it's really astonishing just how the bees are struggling. Last year's honey crop nationally was 70% less than 2011 (Source: British Beekeepers' Association)