For the last several years scientists have fretted over the future of bees, and although research has shed much light on the crisis, those in the bee business—from hive keepers to commercial farmers—say the insects remain in deep trouble as their colonies continue to struggle. More >
No, you're not seeing things—you're seeing honeycomb couture at the famed film festival in Cannes. The enormous dress, made to look like a tessellated bee hive, was constucted out of old biscuit packages and spotted on nothing less than the red carpet on its way to a screening of The Past—a film with clearly a lot of buzz.—N.B.
The European Commission
The European Commissionwill enact a two-year ban on a class of pesticides thought to be harming global bee populations, the European Union’s health commissioner said Monday. “I pledge to do my utmost to ensure that our bees, which are so vital to our ecosystem and contribute over €22 billion annually to European agriculture, are protected,” Tonio Borg said in a statement from Brussels, where the commission is based. Mr. Borg made the announcement after representatives of the 27 E.U. member states failed for the second time in two months to reach a binding agreement on a proposal to ban the pesticides, known as neonicotinoids. The commission had proposed the ban after the European Food Safety Authority recommended in January that use of the pesticides be restricted until scientists determined whether they were contributing to a die-off in bee colonies. More >