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Bees' foraging for flowers 'hampered by diesel exhaust'

#1BarkitaPosted 10/5/2013 7:25:21 AM
"Tests have showed that exhaust degraded some floral scent chemicals the bees "home in on" when they are foraging."

The study, published in Scientific Reports, also revealed that a specific group of chemicals found in diesel exhaust, known as NOx, diminished the insects' response to floral scents.

They say the results are evidence that air quality should be improved.

"We got into this, because we were aware of the impacts of airborne pollutants on human health, so it didn't seem so wild that there may be impacts that extended beyond human health," said University of Southampton neuroscientist Dr Tracey Newman, who was involved in the work."


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/24364637

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#2PRINCESSMAGICALPosted 10/5/2013 7:28:11 AM
They need to change the exhaust. We need bees.
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#3Nitro378Posted 10/5/2013 7:54:16 AM
Barkita posted...
There is no quick fix for this.

Well we could just reduce our dependence on fossil fuels or reformulate diesel but w/e

In the real world I guess you're right
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#4RRtexasranger13Posted 10/5/2013 8:11:24 AM
Nitro378 posted...
Barkita posted...
There is no quick fix for this.

Well we could just reduce our dependence on fossil fuels or reformulate diesel but w/e

In the real world I guess you're right

Bolded important qualifier...
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#5atmasabrPosted 10/5/2013 10:28:17 AM
Well, good, maybe that'll stem the spread of the killer bee population.
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#6rabbi_babyPosted 10/5/2013 10:32:51 AM
If people who drove hybrids drove clean diesels, we'd be in much better shape. All that strip mining for the batteries can't be too good for the environment either.
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#7YouAreCrumbsPosted 10/5/2013 11:31:12 AM
rabbi_baby posted...
If people who drove hybrids drove clean diesels, we'd be in much better shape. All that strip mining for the batteries can't be too good for the environment either.


So in a topic that's about diesel exhaust having a direct, negative effect on the environment, you're suggesting people move to diesels?
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#8YouAreCrumbsPosted 10/5/2013 11:32:14 AM
atmasabr posted...
Well, good, maybe that'll stem the spread of the killer bee population.


"Plague unleashed upon the world."

Well, good, maybe that'll stem the spread of the killer human population.
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#9rabbi_babyPosted 10/5/2013 11:53:52 AM
YouAreCrumbs posted...
rabbi_baby posted...
If people who drove hybrids drove clean diesels, we'd be in much better shape. All that strip mining for the batteries can't be too good for the environment either.


So in a topic that's about diesel exhaust having a direct, negative effect on the environment, you're suggesting people move to diesels?


Was my post confusing?
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#10YouAreCrumbsPosted 10/5/2013 12:06:00 PM
rabbi_baby posted...
YouAreCrumbs posted...
rabbi_baby posted...
If people who drove hybrids drove clean diesels, we'd be in much better shape. All that strip mining for the batteries can't be too good for the environment either.


So in a topic that's about diesel exhaust having a direct, negative effect on the environment, you're suggesting people move to diesels?


Was my post confusing?


I'd say it was poorly timed.
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