So someone I know posted a link to this Inhabitat Blog article on Facebook.
Scientists may have found the cause of the world’s sudden dwindling population of bees – and cell phones may be to blame. Research conducted in Lausanne, Switzerland has shown that the signal from cell phones not only confuses bees, but also may lead to their death. Over 83 experiments have yielded the same results.
Led by researcher Daniel Favre, the alarming study found that bees reacted significantly to cell phones that were placed near or in hives in call-making mode. The bees sensed the signals transmitted when the phones rang, and emitted heavy buzzing noise during the calls.
I find the argument makes sense on the surface, but doesn't seem to hold up under scrutiny.
- The title says 'It's Official' but the text in the article is less confident
- Placing a mobile phone directly beneath a hive is hardly a 'real world' situation
- The Daily Mail is cited as a source.
So, is it likely that mobile phone use is causing a decline in honey bee population?