Colony collapse disorder and the sun’s magnetic poles
I just read the craziest suggestion ever to explain colony collapse disorder
Or is it?
Just this last Friday, I described some of my thoughts on honeybees being affected by electromagnetic fields (see here and here). First, note where this “crazy” suggestion comes from, i.e. China. I don’t know who made the comment, but I do know that China’s electromagnetic research capabilities exceed those of the US, so I wouldn’t easily dismiss real research coming out of China on the subject.
I didn’t know this before, but apparently the sun’s magnetic field reverses every 11 years in a very predictable sun cycle. According to this Nasa page, the last minimum occurred in October 1996. If my math is right, that means that 2007 should be the year of minimum sun spots. Hmm…
This Nasa page presents the predicted sunspot numbers starting from 1997. Sure enough, the minimum sunspot number was to occur in July 2007. Here is a very recent 1-pager on the sun cycle
Here’s a chart of sunspots.
Now, I’m not saying that I believe this to be related to CCD, but I do think that electromagnetic fields (either atmospheric or man made) are involved somehow and the fact that the 11-year sun cycle is at a minimum this year is certainly intriguing. I’ll post more soon…