Intermission/ Best of TOD ANZ

I'm off on holiday for the next 2 weeks, so The Bullroarer will be going on hold until I get back (unless Phil finds a spare moment and decides to put a post or two up).

We've had an encouraging first 2 months here at The Oil Drum (ANZ), with plenty of debate being sparked. I'd like to wish all of you a Happy Christmas / Holidays/ Hanukkah / Summer or Winter solstice or whatever name it is you give to the end of year holiday season, and I hope to see you back next year.

For those new to the site, here is a sample of some of the more popular posts on TOD/ANZ so far :

For those new to the site, here is a sample of some of the more popular posts on TOD/ANZ so far :

* David Clarke's "Australia: The Place To Be" - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3a, Part 3b
* Phil Hart's A Tale of Two Economists
* Phil Hart's The Kipper Gas Field: Our CO2 Future
* Big Gav's Geothermia
* Kyle Schuant's The Freezing Point of Industrial Society
* Garry Glazebrook and Peter Newman's A Public Transport And Green City Manifesto For The Federal Election
* Phil Hart's Australian Election: Peak Oil Policy Responses
* Phil Hart's Food Miles in Australia
* Big Gav's Queensland Shale Oil Billions in The Balance ?
* Phil Hart's How Big is your Bicycle?
* Phil Hart's Shedding Light on the Question of Reserves Growth
* Big Gav's Should Natural Gas Be Used To Power New Zealand ?
* David Clarke's Failure of Networked Systems
* Big Gav's The Air Car - A Breath Of Fresh Air Or A Waste Of Breath ?

And if you are after more holiday reading, check out the best of Peak Energy for 2007.

IAPV, first described in Israel in 2002, came to national and
international attention in September when university and ARS
scientists showed a strong association between the presence of IAPV
and CCD.
ARS has begun several experiments to determine what factors may be
most involved in CCD. Combinations of four areas are being examined:
pathogens, parasites, environmental stresses, and bee management
stresses such as poor nutrition.
CCD became a matter of concern in the winter of 2006-2007 when some
beekeepers began reporting losses of 30 to 90 percent of their hives.
While colony losses are not unexpected during winter weather, the
magnitude and rapidity of loss suffered by some beekeepers was highly
Pollination is a critical element in agriculture, since honey bees
pollinate more than 130 crops in the United States and add $15
billion in crop value annually.
There were enough honey bees to provide pollination for U.S.
agriculture this year, but beekeepers could face a serious problem
next year and beyond if CCD becomes more widespread and no treatment
is developed.
Poor nutrition is the one area that could be adressed to effect a
cure. Meaning there has to be more then one source of food , a
solution would be that in the orchard or field the grower would have
to plant rows of wild flowers so the bees would have a source of food
other then the growers cash crop.