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These Queen Bees need to bee-have.

A Los Angeles beekeeper proved the industry ain’t so honey-sweet after lashing out at a fellow bee gal for allegedly making a mockery of the profession. A TikTok video of her stinging attack is currently causing a buzz on social media.

The feud was reportedly ignited by a series of viral beekeeping videos posted by Texas beekeeper Erika Thompson (@texasbeeworks), who boasts a whopping 6 million followers on TikTok.

The latest tutorial, which has over 18 million views, shows the blonde bombshell removing a queen-less colony from an umbrella while wearing only a denim jacket and no protective gear.

“So I started scooping bees off the umbrella and putting them into the hive,” intones Thompson soothingly while snatching up the stinging insects with her bare mitts à la “Candy Man” in an effort to find the queen.

Despite her lack of bee-proof apparel, Thompson suggested she was in no danger from the homeless colony, which she claimed were “very docile” as they “don’t have any resources to defend.”

Later on, the steel-nerved bug whisperer supposedly saves the bereft bees by gifting them an “extra” queen that she’d been keeping in her jean shirt pocket.

“I put the bees in my apiary so they can continue the important work they do in a place that’s safer for them and for people, and it was another great day of saving the bees,” she cooed on camera. Needless to say, TikTok was enthralled with Thompson’s supposed “Wicker Man”-esque connection to the tiny critters.

“This really is the coolest thing ever,” fawned one enchanted fan on TikTok.

However, not everyone thought her methods were so bee-utiful. Los Angeles beekeeper Friday Chamberlain, who appears to work for the West Hollywood-based organization LA Honeybee Rescue, accused Thompson of “setting a dangerous precedent” with her protection-free approach.

Twitter users recently posted a mashup of her accusatory TikTok clips, which currently boasts 2.2 million views.

“What she is doing — opening up hives with her hair down, wearing dark clothes with exposed skin — is dangerous,” fumed the shorn-headed critic, who goes by @lahoneybeerescue on TikTok.

Indeed, Hilary Kearney, a beekeeper and the author of queen bee bible “QueenSpotting,” told the Cut said such attire is particularly problematic as “bees have evolved to be defensive towards dark colors because of bears and skunks and other predators that are typically furry and dark.”

While Chamberlain’s “100% OK with” Thompson demonstrating the docility of swarms, “the fact is, she goes into removals without wearing any safety gear,” explained the bug specialist of her seemingly Treadwellian approach.

The Post has reached out to Chamberlain for comment.

The incensed insect expert also wasn’t a huge fan of the accused huckster’s flowing locks, saying she keeps her own mane short so “bees don’t get caught in it” and sting her.

Not only that, but the Los Angeles keeper claims that Thompson stages her removals, which is why she’s able to conduct them sans-PPE.

“She looks pretty doing it and that’s because it’s faked,” Chamberlain scoffed on camera, explaining that her husband pre-cuts the combs for her “very courteously.”

“I’m straight up calling her out,” continued the bee shepherd. “@texasbeeworks, I see you, we all see you, all of us female removal specialists, we see you, we know you’re faking.”

Needless to say, the online apiary was abuzz over the dueling keepers viral TikTok bee-f.

“I never knew I wanted to see bee keeper beef until now,” wrote one Twitter comedian.

“The BEEtrayal,” quipped another.

Some flocked to Thompson’s defense with one backer writing, “What is fake? She is literally filming herself around bees and scooping them in her hand. Are the bees fake? Lol I’m not following.”

Another commenter correctly observed that the Texas bee wrangler also posts videos of herself with “hair up, protective gear all that on her Instagram.”

“Saving bees is saving bees wether her husband does the heavy lifting or not lol seems like this chick just clout chasing by trying to call her out,” they wrote in defense of their queen-bee keeper.

However, while experts agreed that Thompson’s gear-free approach wasn’t altogether problematic, they admitted that it could give amateur keepers the wrong idea. Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, research entomologist at the Bee Lab at University of Nebraska–Lincoln, told the Cut that Thompson’s technique isn’t necessarily dangerous for “experienced beekeepers who understand the biology and behavior of honeybees” and that many beekeepers work with minimal protection.

However, “it’s not recommended for just anyone to try, of course,” she said.

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Europe carbon prices expected to soar amid tougher climate goals

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Steam rises from the cooling towers of the coal power plant of RWE, one of Europe's biggest electricity and gas companies in Niederaussem, Germany, March 3, 2016.

LONDON – Carbon prices in the European Union’s emissions trading system are expected to rise significantly in the next decade due to tougher climate goals, market participants said in an industry survey published on Monday.

The EU’s emissions trading system (ETS) is the largest carbon market in the world, covering around 45% of the bloc’s output of greenhouse gases and charging emitters for every tonne of carbon dioxide they emit.

The survey by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) found members expect carbon prices in the EU ETS to average $57 a tonne between 2021 and 2025 and $71.06 a tonne between 2026 and 2030.

This is mainly due to a tougher EU goal of cutting emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

Last year’s survey predicted an average price of 31.71 euros a tonne for the third phase of the ETS which runs from 2021 to 2030. Benchmark prices in the ETS currently trade around $64.24 a tonne.

Britain’s domestic emissions trading scheme started trading in May this year. The majority of survey respondents expect it will link with the EU scheme by 2023.

Participants anticipate that the average global carbon price needed by 2030 to put the world on track to meet goals to curb global temperature rise is $76.61 a tonne, up from last year’s expectation of $67.84 a tonne.

IETA’s members include banks, exchanges and energy and industrial firms. The association received responses from 158 member representatives for the survey.

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Chicago man jumps into Lake Michigan for 365th straight day

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Dan O'Conor, the "Great Lake Jumper," makes his 365th leap into Lake Michigan, Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Chicago's Montrose Point.

CHICAGO — A Chicago bus driver looking for a way to relieve stress during the coronavirus pandemic jumped into Lake Michigan for a 365th straight day on Saturday.

Dan O’Conor said he started jumping into the lake at Montrose Harbor on the city’s North Side last year to relieve stress.

“It was during the pandemic, it was during the protest, it was during an election year. … So it was somewhere where I could come down here and block all that noise out and kind of be totally present with me in the lake, and find some moments of Zen,” said the father of three.

He continued jumping into the lake through the fall before the hard part: Hacking a hole in the ice on the frozen lake that was big enough for him to jump through during the winter. He said when he got home after one such jump, he found about 20 scrapes and cuts on his body.

Dan O'Conor, the "Great Lake Jumper," reacts after making his 365th leap into Lake Michigan, Saturday, June 12, 2021.
Dan O’Conor, the “Great Lake Jumper,” reacts after making his 365th leap into Lake Michigan. He says he started as a way to “find some moments of Zen” during a tumultuous year.
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He was encouraged by the response he got for his undertaking.

“People started asking me what this was benefiting and how they could support — and when I say people, I’m talking strangers online, you know. When I started posting the videos on Twitter and Instagram … I got more wind in my sails there because people started commenting like, ’This makes my day, it’s nice to see this,” he said.

Saturday was special because it was the culmination of doing it for a full year.

“I just wanted to celebrate just that drive to dive for 365,” O’Conor said.

Dan O'Conor, the "Great Lake Jumper," shares a "High-5" with one of his well-wishers after his 365th leap into Lake Michigan, Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Chicago's Montrose Point.
O’Conor celebrates with one of his well-wishers after his 365th leap into Lake Michigan.
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Father of ‘world’s largest family’ dead at 76 in India

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FILE PHOTO: Ziona poses for a picture in Baktawng village in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram

The purportedly most prolific father in the world has passed away. 

Ziona Chana, 76, died on Sunday in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram, the BBC reported. Chana, who was the head of a polygamist Christian sect, is survived by an estimated 38 wives, 89 children and 36 grandchildren — thus making him, by some reports, the head of the “world’s largest family” during his lifetime. 

“With heavy heart, #Mizoram bid farewell to Mr. Zion…believed to head the world’s largest family, with 38 wives and 89 children,” Mizoram’s chief minister, Zoramthanga, tweeted in condolence on Sunday. “Mizoram and his village at Baktawng Tlangnuam has become a major tourist attraction in the state because of the family. Rest in Peace Sir!”

Chana was declared dead on arrival at a hospital Sunday after deteriorating at his home, doctors told the news agency PTI, according to the BBC. He allegedly suffered from both diabetes and hypertension. 

During his extreme life, Chana made headlines across the globe, and he and his record-breakingly large family’s mansion in Baktawng Tlangnuam became a local attraction. The four-story, 100-room home features a dormitory shared by Chana’s wives, located close to his private bedroom, according to past media reports. 

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A view of Chana’s four-story house in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram on Oct. 6, 2011.
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Reuters previously reported that Chana was born in 1945 and met his oldest wife, who’s three years his senior, at the age of 17. The sect he led, Chana Pawl, has approximately 2,000 followers and was founded by Chana’s grandfather in 1942. 

While Chana and his family have been twice featured on the TV series “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” others have challenged him to the title of most plentiful patriarch, and his alleged 181-person household’s exact number is difficult to confirm. 

“Reports are different. Quoting the last known accepted record with locally accepted picture. Thanks and regards !” Zoramthanga noted in a reply to his initial tweet. 

Chana at age 66 in 2011.

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FILE PHOTO: Family members of Ziona poses for group photograph outside their residence in village Baktawng

Family members of Chana pose for a group photograph outside their residence on Oct. 7, 2011.

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