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September 2009

Do you know what apples, almonds, broccoli, cashews, garlic, mangoes, peaches, raspberries and tea have in common? Give up? They all depend on bees to help with their sexual reproduction.

In fact, did you know that every third bite of food that you consume depends on our buzzing buddies, the bees? The busy little gals (the workers are unfertilized females) do a lot for us by pollinating plants and flowers worldwide.

Unfortunately, they're dying by the millions and no-one knows why. It’s safe to say our world won’t be the same without them.

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Big Bad World 425 - Mass suicide

Mass suicide the CO2 way in *Polyp*’s cartoon.

Wealth in abundance

'Make do and mend' is a time-honoured Egyptian talent, discovers *Maria Golia*.

Boon or burden?

Some call it 'live aid'. Some call it 'dead aid'. The debate is raging. *Vanessa Baird* and *Jonathan Glennie* tell the story so...

Three Miles North of Molkom

At a new age festival in Sweden, a group of people who’ve never met before explore tree-hugging, sweat lodges, shamanism, tantric...

Looting of a small planet

It won’t be easy but *Philip Chandler* argues that beekeepers themselves need to lead a revolution in sustainability.

Niger

The top tourist destination in Niger until the late 1980s, the city of Agadez – located in the dead centre of the country – is...
A stressed world

A stressed world

Extinction is forever. Can we stop the slide in bio-diversity?
Why children work

Why children work

*Jeremy Seabrook* visits Bangladesh to better understand the roots of child labour.

Backyard beehives

A walk on the wild side with *Hadani Ditmars*.
Also worth a mention...

Also worth a mention...

CDs that didn't quite make a full review, but are still worthy of a mention.

Why are they dying?

*Wayne Ellwood* investigates the case of the missing bees.

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It takes a singular talent to make a book of 1,000 pages that is as hard to put down as it is to pick up. Despite its size, 2666...

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