Friday, 02 Jul, 2010 Offbeat

Bees Used to Check Air Quality at German Airports


A number of airports in Germany are using bees in order to analyze the level of environmental impact of these airports. There are several hives installed by the local beekeepers at eight airports.

Specialists at the airports study honey for toxins. The whole process is called biomonitoring, which means using nature to analyze environmental conditions.

So far according to the bees at the Dusseldorf International Airport the quality of air is normal, with the honey having the same amount of toxins as a non-industrialized area. At the same time the airport officials also mentioned that besides bees they use modern technology to test air quality. They decided to use bees due to the fact that these little creatures have already proven their effectiveness, reports The New York Times.

It is worth mentioning that over the last several years there has been a significant progress in the reduction of toxins generated by air travel. According to officials the emissions of carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons, smoke and nitrogen-oxide have been considerably cut. They say that today modern airports are not among the largest contributors to air pollution. However, because the public still doesn't seem convinced, they decided to use bees as a tool of nature to show everyone that airports are clean.

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