Friday, March 21, 2008

Global Warming Impacts Nectar Collection, Honey

Global Warming Rushes Timing of Spring
By Seth Borenstein, Associated Press, 3/20/2008

…You can even taste it in the honey. Bees, which sample many plants, are producing their peak amount of honey weeks earlier. The nectar is coming from different plants now, which means noticeably different honey — at least in Highland, Md., where Wayne Esaias has been monitoring honey production since 1992. Instead of the rich, red, earthy tulip poplar honey that used to be prevalent, bees are producing lighter, fruitier black locust honey. Esaias, a NASA oceanographer as well as beekeeper, says global warming is a factor…

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