MAGNITUDE 5.3 – MOLUCCA SEA
Subject To Change
Depth: 54 km
Distances: 126km (78mi) W of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
130km (81mi) W of Ternate, Indonesia
149km (93mi) SE of Bitung, Indonesia
166km (103mi) ESE of Tondano, Indonesia
1017km (632mi) N of Dili, East Timor
Since the early storms in January, 15,000 dead birds or downer were found all along the coast of the Atlantic. They number in the thousands in Charente-Maritime for over a fortnight. This is mostly guillemots and puffins, birds of the high seas who found no food in the sea due to bad weather .
Charente-Maritime, those who are found alive on the beach are supported, warmed and fed, the Centre for the Protection Departmental Dolus-D’Oléron the only department. Since January 29, 275 birds are often very weak were housed, only a third survived.
HONEY producers are facing an environmental disaster with hives being destroyed or abandoned – and some are blaming the crisis on pesticides.
Murwillumbah horticulturist Luke Page cultivated bees for the past 18 months and believes his hives were affected by bug sprays.
“Recently I found a hive and all that was left of the bees was their skeletons.
“The bee is dead on the inside and the outside, and that’s consistent with pesticide poisoning,” he said.
He has ruled out all growers in Tweed bar corn because they are sprayed daily.
Mr Page admits the reason for the death of his bees is based on speculation, but his suspicions were confirmed by others in the region.
“I have spoken to a gentleman in Pottsville and he had hives go in a similar way.”
Adding to complexity, farmers say they are using pesticides which are perfectly legal.
“We spray Australian standard pesticides first thing in the morning, when there is no breeze, so bees don’t get into it,” Cugden corn farmer Ross Julius said.
However, as of late, bee keepers who normally bring hives as a pollination service, in-kind for nectar, have not visited Mr Julius’ property.
“You’d have to ask them why they don’t bring their hives anymore,” he told the Daily News.
Doug Paddon, another grower from Cudgen, says to prevent bee deaths farmers must be strategic.
“I have wild bees in a shed to pollinate many crops. When they’re active I don’t spray and when they’re dormant I do spray, but only at night when other bees are not working.”
The Daily News’ community paper, the Tweed Border Mail, reported this week a devastation of Australian honey bees following a feral beetle infestation, climate change and disappearing disease.