I've posted before about the recent dramatic reduction in bee populations across the North American continent. It has spread to Europe, now. I love to eat honey, and the folks at the market tell me every time I buy it that the prices are going to increase. The loss of bees is bad for all agriculture, though, because they are major pollinators. The loss of bees is probably bad for all living things, it is a disruption of equilibrium which will have unforseeable cascading effects. One of the most predictable effects: food shortages.
"The West Coast is thought to have lost 60 per cent of its commercial bee population, with 70 per cent missing on the East Coast." in October, 2006.
Here's the NPR story on the loss of bees from 10/06:
This one explains why scientists think cell phones could be responsible for CCD, colony collapse disorder:
The mercenary in me asks the question: what should I invest in based on this trend?