The bee “colony collapse disorder” problem appears to have been solved. It was tricky because there are two factors; a virus and a fungus, either of which appears relatively benign by itself. This is like trying to track down software behavior where there are two interacting bugs, I guess. It made it difficult to track down. Apparently cold weather is implicated, which may be why there are bees that find their way into my Texas house if I leave my door open for two minutes. Anyway, it is possible that this problem will be controlled with a fungicide. The NYTimes has a story on this.
The bad news:
The bad news is a massive toxic spill in Hungary. It is bad enough in itself, but as a global issue the question is how many other huge collections of toxic fluids lurk here and there, mismanaged or even forgotten, waiting to spill out over tens of miles. Current thought is that this will not have a huge impact downstream on the Danube watershed, which is good. And although it is near Lake Balaton, a location about which I have heard my parents and other Hungarian-speakers wax poetic, the maps appear to show that the flow is away from the lake.
The good news for Texas appears to be that we diligently maintain our comparable toxic sludge to a consistency too hard to flow and too soft to blow away. What a relief.