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Post-colony collapse disorder, bees receive a helping hand in cities

Woman relocates bees to more loving home The short-haired bumblebee: Bzzzt, it's back Propolis Bee Farm: A New Tourist Attraction in Penang Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility [pdf] Leaving the Bees Be: Why Vegans Won't Eat Honey Two years ago, honey bees around the world began mysteriously disappearing. Apiarists and others were able to identify this phenomenon as colony collapse disorder, though the exact cause remains undetermined. There's been some good news as of late, as a number of urban beekeeping programs founded by dedicated beekeepers have yielded positive results in terms of creating vibrant hives, and of course, some honey. On the roof of the Grand Palais exhibition hall, beekeeper Nicolas Geant monitors hives that have thrived since they were first set up in May. Unlike pigs and chickens, bees aren't as heavily monitored by city officials around the world, although the practice is illegal in New York City. Perhaps one of the most inspiring stories regarding urban beekeeping comes from Atlanta, where Cindy Bee [her given name] takes care of over one million bees on a regular basis. Bee is what some would call a "live bee rescue" expert, and she spends most of her time rescuing honey bees that have become holed up in various structures that are undergoing renovation or demolition. Ever year Bee and her charges produce over three tons of honey, and she remains an enthusiastic spokeswoman for the importance and value of these tiny creatures. The first link will take users to a news article about urban beekeeping from MSNBC which appeared on Sunday. The second link leads to the previously mentioned article on Cindy Bee from this past Saturday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Moving on, the third link whisks users away to a piece from The Economist which talks about the return of the short-haired bumblebee to Britain. The fourth link leads to a curious piece about a new bee farm in Penang which serves as a tourist destination. The fifth site will delight and amaze those with even a passing interest in honeybees, the online home of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis, which features information about their research and the role that bees play in the natural world. Finally, the last link leads to an explanation of why vegans don't eat honey, straight from the Pacific Free Press.
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Paris rooftops abuzz with beekeeping
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September 25th, 2009
Date of Scout Publication
September 25th, 2009
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September 25th, 2009 at 9:04am
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September 28th, 2009 at 1:17pm
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