This article came up in the top ten results on Google for the search term 'bees gone'. The article originates from 1993 and summarizes findings and concerns of scientists at Penn State University, who noticed rather early that there was a trend emerging in US bee populations that indicated a drastic depletion. I find it very interesting that my initial hypothesis, that this is a crisis without warning, was inaccurate and in fact there have been signs for 10-15 years in isolated areas of the US. 1998 article from Penn State Agriculture Magazine: Where have all the bees gone?
Appalachistan: Bees Gone
New Scientist Environment: Where have all the bees gone?
Scripps News: Where have all the bees gone?
Burningbird: Bee gone
ABC News: Spring Mystery, Where Are All the Bees?
Has the bee crisis been fueled by a complacent, distracted and increasingly unprofessional media? Please feel free to share your thoughts in response to this question, or on the emerging crisis generally.