Bravo, for running this symposium on what’s causing the seeming demise of the honey bee. The good news is that cell phone usage probably isn’t responsible. Bees may well be adapting to climate change and pesticide use.

Says Wayne Esaias, an amateur beekeeper who also works at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: “What does [colony collapse disorder] tell us about our native pollinators and ecology? That’s such an exceedingly complex question that I don’t know. It just puts me in awe of Earth’s complexity. If you ask scientists to predict what global warming will do to an ecosystem, and they don’t throw up their hands and say, ‘Beats me,’ then it shows we have a lot of work to do to understand the complexity and responses of all of these insect and plant interactions, when they occur, and will they get out of phase.”

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