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Insect Population News - Pollination of Flowers for Produce

#1 Post by Andy F » Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:24 pm


Where have all the insects gone?
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05 ... sects-gone
By Gretchen Vogel May 10, 2017 , 9:00 AM

Entomologists call it the windshield phenomenon. "If you talk to people, they have a gut feeling. They remember how insects used to smash on your windscreen," says Wolfgang Wägele, director of the Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity in Bonn, Germany. Today, drivers spend less time scraping and scrubbing. "I'm a very data-driven person," says Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in Portland, Oregon. "But it is a visceral reaction when you realize you don't see that mess anymore."
Beyond the striking drop in overall insect biomass, the data point to losses in overlooked groups for which almost no one has kept records. In the Krefeld data, hover flies—important pollinators often mistaken for bees—show a particularly steep decline. In 1989, the group's traps in one reserve collected 17,291 hover flies from 143 species. In 2014, at the same locations, they found only 2737 individuals from 104 species.

Since their initial findings in 2013, the group has installed more traps each year. Working with researchers at several universities, society members are looking for correlations with weather, changes in vegetation, and other factors. No simple cause has yet emerged. Even in reserves where plant diversity and abundance have improved, Sorg says, "the insect numbers still plunged."

NOTE: I realize this article is from 2017, but wanting to share this article on Insect loss and pollination. Many people may not know this problem exists. Pollinating insects, being on a decline, means certain fruit trees or garden plants may not produce edible fruit.
"Self Pollinating Plants": http://m.espacepourlavie.ca/en/self-pollinating-plants

Global INSECT Reports, October 2017
strongheart woman stated: "I've been farming organically for 30+ years & my farm has always had a great balance of predator/prey insects. 2 yrs. ago every single wildflower in my fields had a baby honey bee. This year I have seen only THREE! I had a huge swarm of bees living in my back room wall that I didn't have the heart to kill & they're all gone. There are barely any crickets, gnats, flies, deer flies, no mosquitoes though we had tons of wet warm weather. This time of year we usually have swarms of lady bugs that land on the west side of my white house. I haven't seen ONE this year."
MrMBB333 Youtuber, lives in my general area, I've spoken to him privately. A year ago, he shared this:
*Global Phenomenon* - " World's Flying insects disappearing"
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Re: Insect Population News - Pollination of Flowers for Produce

#2 Post by Andy F » Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:38 pm

November 1, 2018 - As Insect Populations Decline, Scientists Are Trying to Understand Why
The real story behind reports of an “insect Armageddon” is more nuanced—but probably just as unsettling

https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... stand-why/

ESA Position Statement on Endangered Insect Species:
Protecting Endangered Insects is in the Nation’s Best Interest
Approved on June 22, 2017
Valid through June 22, 2021

Read online or download PDF here - https://www.entsoc.org/sites/default/fi ... pecies.pdf
“They’re the unsung heroes of most ecosystems,” says applied entomologist Helen Spafford, who helped write Entomological Society of America’s 2017 position statement on endangered insect species.
Real Problems
"It’s unsettling, then, to imagine that insects might be in trouble. But a spectrum of studies, combined with anecdotal evidence, increasingly suggests that things are, in the words of Harper Adams University entomologist Simon Leather, “not how they should be.”
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Re: Insect Population News - Pollination of Flowers for Produce

#3 Post by Andy F » Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:16 pm

July 2013 - The Effect of Cell Phone Radiations on the Life Cycle of Honeybees https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... _Honeybees
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"As many other [insect/bird] species, honeybees are becoming extinct in the world; this phenomenon is called the Colony Collapse Disorder. Many reasons have been proven to be behind this environmental disaster like climate changes, pesticides, fungal pathogens and others, in addition to radiations generated by mobile phones, especially, since in recent years wild life has been exposed to microwaves and radio frequency's radiation signals from various sources, including wireless phones. Bees have a specific organ for sensing magnetic forces, enabling them to navigate using their own compass. The claim of the research is that radiations generated by mobile phones are disturbing the life cycle of honeybees and affecting their reproduction system and honey producing. The research involves testing the behavior of honeybees away from mobile phones, with a mobile phone in its standby mode and active communication mode. The results of the experiments verified that mobile phone affect the honeybees' life system."

October 2018 - Effects of radio frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMF) on honey bee queen development and mating success https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... ng_success
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Abstract
"Mobile phones can be found almost everywhere across the globe, upholding a direct point-to-point connection between the device and the broadcast tower. The emission of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMF) puts the surrounding environment inevitably into contact with this pollutant. We have therefore exposed honey bee queen larvae to the radiation of a common mobile phone device (GSM) during all stages of their pre-adult development including pupation. After 14 days of exposure, hatching of adult queens was assessed and mating success after further 11 days, respectively. Moreover, full colonies were established of five of the untreated and four of the treated queens to contrast population dynamics. We found that mobile phone radiation had significantly reduced the hatching ratio but not the mating success. If treated queens were successfully mated, colony development was not adversely affected. We provide evidence that RF-EMF only acts detrimental within the sensitivity of pupal development, once succeeded this point, no further impairment has manifested in adulthood. Our results are discussed against the background of long-lasting consequences for colony performance and the possible implication on periodic colony losses."

Who designed & mfg'd 5G and is providing 5G to the world?
July 13, 2018 - Israel Incubating 5G Technology via Breaking Israel News here - https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/1108 ... echnology/
By Video Manager
"Israel is frequently defined as the Startup Nation. Boffins at Intel [Intel chips means "Israel-Inside"] are working on delivering, in the near future, a new era of communications – 5G. The development will allow for the downloading of significant amounts of data in seconds."

July 2018 - 5G Technology Being Born in Israel - Virtual Jerusalem. http://www.virtualjerusalem.com/news.php?Itemid=28404
"Added $35 Billion to Israel's GDP... Intel is mostly known for their computer chips, processors and servers. Now Intel's CEOs are hoping to crack another crucial frontier and bring the world into the new era of 5G technology.
The team behind this revolutionary upgrade is based in Intel's research and development department in Israel."

August 8, 2018 - "Slowdown Nation: Israel lags on internet speeds, choked by lack of competition."
"Israel slides to number 70 out of 200 nations surveyed on average download speed, as the duopoly that controls the market drags its feet on fiber optics." By Shoshanna Solomon @ Times of Israel. https://www.timesofisrael.com/slowdown- ... mpetition/

What’s the holdup?
"The low speeds, and the lack of rapid progress, can be attributed to an absence of competition in the market and to the failure of the companies that rule the market to spend the money needed to deploy the infrastructure necessary for an upgrade."
Israel: No incentive to invest [in faster internet]
"There are a number of reasons Israel doesn’t have fast internet, explained a former Communications Ministry official...The 2017 Knesset 2017 study mentioned above showed that in 2002-2015, investment in communications infrastructure in Israel declined by 36%, whereas investments in transportation, energy and water infrastructure grew 81%, 57% and 165%, respectively."

I'm leaving it up to you and your ability to discern. I do know the FCC's statements on the use of 5G for WiFi and cell phones & cell towers are reported as not harmful. I disagree!

I find it offensive, that a country can boast of leading the way in 5G, but appears to have zero intentions of investing towards putting 5G into their own country.

Using LOGIC: 5G is good enough for the entire world, but not good enough for the designer to invest within his own country, and has no incentive to incorporate 5G within their country.

Any thoughts?
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