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THE HONEYBEE POPULATION IS COLLAPSING — Here’s The Awful Way That Will Affect The World

THE HONEYBEE POPULATION IS COLLAPSING — Here’s The Awful Way That Will Affect The World 86

Nearly one-third of the world’s crops are dependent on honeybees for pollination, but over the last decade the insects have been dying at unprecedented rates both in the United States and abroad. A new study strengths the evidence linking pesticides to a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, but the decline of managed honeybee populations has also been blamed on a combination of disease, parasites, poor weather, and the stress of being trucked from orchard-to-orchard to pollinate different crops. We have few planned defenses against a honeybee disaster. The Farm Bill passed last June allocates less than $2 million a year in emergency assistance to honeybees. “The bottom line is, if something is not done to improve honeybee health, then most of the interesting food we eat is going to be unavailable,” warned Carlen Jupe, secretary and treasurer for the California State Beekeepers Association. Honeybees as a species are not in danger of extinction, but their ability to support the industry of commercial pollination, and by extension, a large portion of our food supply, is in serious danger. Here we take a hypothetical look at how the human diet and lifestyle would change if honeybees and other bee pollinators disappeared from our planet one day. A world without honeybees as a stable source of pollination would mean a world without fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. This is the worst case scenario. It’s possible that human ingenuity and alternate pollinators can mitigate some of these outcomes, but not necessarily all of them.

If their cultivated bees continue to die out, beekeepers who make their living by managing bee colonies will go out of business.

THE HONEYBEE POPULATION IS COLLAPSING — Here's The Awful Way That Will Affect The World

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Without commercial beekeepers, farmers will not be able to scrape together enough bees to pollinate their fields.

Without commercial beekeepers, farmers will not be able to scrape together enough bees to pollinate their fields.

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If the farmer does not provide fields or orchards with enough honeybees for pollination, the whole harvest can fail.

The majority of fruits and vegetables would go away. That includes apples, cherries, blueberries, avocado, broccoli, most leafy greens, cucumbers, pumpkins, and many more.

Almonds, which use two-thirds of the nation’s managed honeybee colonies, would be one of the first crops to disappear without bees. Without any pollination, an almond orchard would produce less than one-sixth of what it will produce with pollination, according to Carlen Jupe, of the California State Beekeepers Association.

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Almonds make a tasty snack, but they are also used in cereal, baking, and many other food products — all of which we would lose if almond crops collapse.

Additionally, almond hulls, or shells, are often ground up and used as feed for cows.

If cows don’t get the proper nutrients, they can’t produce milk.

If there’s not enough cow’s milk, there will be less dairy products like cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. These products will also be more expensive.

Bees are also valued for their honey. One crop, clover, is an importance source of nectar that bees must eat to produce honey. Lack of bees for pollination can mean the loss of the clover crop, and in turn, the bee’s honey.

Bees are also valued for their honey. One crop, clover, is an importance source of nectar that bees must eat to produce honey. Lack of bees for pollination can mean the loss of the clover crop, and in turn, the bee's honey.

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If bees can’t make enough honey, then honey producers will go out of business.

The cosmetic industry, which uses honey as a skin moisturizer in many creams, soaps, shampoos, and lipsticks, will also suffer.

Oilseeds like cotton, sunflower, coconut, groundnut, and oil palm, which either depend on or benefit from bee pollination would also wither away, eliminating more than half of the world’s diet of fat and oil.

It’s not only cottonseed that’s important. Cotton makes up 35% of the world’s total fiber use and is the leading cash crop in the U.S. Without cotton, we would be stripped of countless clothing and household items, including blue jeans, shoe laces, towels, mattresses, and high-quality paper products.

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Across the world, alfalfa fields will perish, meaning beef and dairy cows will go hungry since these pastures are typically harvested as hay to feed cattle.

Across the world, alfalfa fields will perish, meaning beef and dairy cows will go hungry since these pastures are typically harvested as hay to feed cattle.

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Cows will starve if there is not enough good-quality alfalfa available to eat.

Meat and frozen food cases will look drastically different if cow populations decline. These meats will also become much more expensive.

Meat and frozen food cases will look drastically different if cow populations decline. These meats will also become much more expensive.

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There will still be plenty of pigs since they don’t eat much alfalfa.

Staple grains, like wheat, rice, and corn will not be badly affected either, since these crops rely largely on wind pollination.

Meaning our diet will be rich in high-fat pork products and bread.

Meaning our diet will be rich in high-fat pork products and bread.

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Polar vortex: “wild” winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January

Polar vortex: "wild" winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January 95

In the upper atmosphere above the North Pole, experts saw a rapidly swirling vortex of cold air that could bring severe frosts to the United States, Northern Europe and East Asia. Serious cold snap and snowy weather are expected after January the 16th.

Snowfalls and a cold snap hit South Korea since the start of 2021, hitting historic snow maximums and temperatures. In the country, for the first time since 1964, television and newer communications are sending people cold snap warnings:

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The situation is similar in Japan, where a new snow storm hit historic highs:

On January 7, the thermometer In Beijing dropped to -20 degrees Celsius, breaking the 1966 record. In other regions of China, the temperature is also not sugar, and you can only move around in special uniforms:

The cold even reached Taiwan, where the temperature in some areas dropped below freezing point, snow poured down and people realized that rice terraces can be used as a ski jump:

Even more snow went to Spain, where on January 6, 2021, a temperature of -34.1 ° C was recorded – the lowest on record. After that, a snow storm hit the country, which has not been seen for 80 years:

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The same thing happens in Canada and in the northern states of the United States:

It seems that after a stratospheric warming, the subpolar vortex began to split:

The vortex itself is a standard phenomenon. However, this time experts were surprised at his movement. It is possible that in the near future it will be divided into two parts. 

Scientists associate the strange behavior with the changed climate in the Arctic, which has become warmer. From September to December, the amount of ice cover decreased significantly.

The polar vortex is a low-pressure region located in the stratosphere and filled with cold air. When the jet stream of air that holds the vortex weakens, the low pressure area moves south. 

As the ice shrinks, more moisture will move inland. It will turn to snow, so snowfalls are expected. Snow, in turn, reflects heat, leading to a cold snap.

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Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared

Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared 96

Eyewitnesses said they heard a loud crash at dawn when a huge hole in the ground formed outside the Ponticelli Ospedale del Mare hospital in eastern Naples.

Early in the morning of January 8, 2021, a sinkhole occurred in the parking lot of a clinic in Naples. The depth of the formed cavity is about 20 meters, the total area of ​​the hole is about 2,000 square meters.

No casualties were found at the scene; firefighters say the sinkhole “affected an area of ​​about 500 square meters” and engulfed several cars parked near the hospital.

As the press writes and as a little can be seen from the videos, rescuers and firefighters were running around the pit together with the governor of the area.  But who should be there in the forefront are Italian geologists, since Naples stands in the very center of the volcanic system known as the Phlegrean Fields.

If the surface collapsed, moreover – the surface reinforced with concrete and reinforced from below with some kind of communications, then we are talking about serious soil deformations caused by the activity of magma.

Italy has been in doubt since the summer of 2020, because swarms were observed there in very atypical places in May, and according to the forecasts of old Italian seismologists, who had witnessed many strong earthquakes, it should have boomed in the August region.

Fortunately, nothing bad happened to Italy and there was no big earthquake. But, since there are swarms, it means that something is being prepared, the magma is gathering strength. 

Following this particular sinkhole event – an obvious sign that a major earthquake in Italy is already very close.

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A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China

A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China 97

In the first months of 2020, the whole world with a certain fright followed the events unfolding in China, where people fell on the streets during the day and astronauts wandered, and in the evening crematoria began to smoke. And now, with the onset of December, the cycle seems to be repeating itself.

Shunyi area in Beijing, where the authorities announced “wartime status” the day before. As you can see in the videos, thousands of people are lined up in the queue for mandatory testing:

Dalian city, where “wartime” is also declared. Neighborhoods are blockaded, people are walled up in entrances, familiar characters of George Lucas roam the streets:

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Chinese ‘rescuers’, before performing a combat mission:

Chengdu City:

Daluo Port, Yunnan – tourists came for adventure and they received the ‘time of their life’ after leaving the ramp:

If something happens in Beijing, it does not mean that tomorrow the same will happen everywhere. However, the trend towards such dynamics is observed and, as the practice of the first wave of the pandemic has shown, all countries and people, to one degree or another, have taken into account the ‘Chinese experience’. 

Therefore, one must think that everything will now be in peace, as in spring – a new global round of the fight against the Covid has begun in China, a new great pandemic cycle!

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