EU nations abuzz over bee decline

Jan 18, 2014

EU nations abuzz over bee decline

Many countries in Europe face a worrying lack of crop-pollinating honeybees, a problem caused mainly by an EU policy shift in favor of biofuels, scientists warned earlier this month. “Europe as a whole only has two-thirds of the honeybee colonies it needs, with a ...

Retired teachers stay busy as bees

May 22, 2013

Retired teachers stay busy as bees

Five people in their 70s to 90s from Fukui Prefecture have been chasing and collecting bees for more than half a century, contributing to the discovery of rare species. All five of the former teachers studied the life of bees under Fukui University professor ...

EU to slap two-year ban on bee-harming pesticides

Apr 30, 2013

EU to slap two-year ban on bee-harming pesticides

The European Commission said Monday it would impose the world’s first continentwide ban on three pesticides that environmentalists say are killing the bees that pollinate Europe’s crops. The decision was a blow to the two chemical companies — Bayer of Germany and Switzerland’s Syngenta ...

Tokyo bookstore boasts roof apiary

Apr 17, 2013

Tokyo bookstore boasts roof apiary

by Masaaki Kameda

Major construction firm Kajima Corp. has started beekeeping in Tokyo jointly with bookstore chain Yaesu Book Center in a project to help raise awareness of environmental protection. Some 20,000 western honeybees are being kept on the rooftop of the bookstore chain’s eight-story building near ...