New Study Shows Alarming Decline in Bee Populations

Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline (by Alok Jha, The Guardian)

EXCERPT: The abundance of four common species of bumblebee in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades, according to the most comprehensive national census of the insects. Scientists said the alarming decline, which could have devastating implications for the pollination of both wild and farmed plants, was likely to be a result of disease and low genetic diversity in bee populations.

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