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Buzzing Off! 1 In 10 Wild Bees Faces Extinction In Europe, Study Warns – 22 March 2015

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RT logoNearly 10 percent of some 2,000 species of European wild bees face extinction, says a recent study, adding that the drivers behind such a mass disappearance of nature’s top pollinators include the use of insecticides, fertilizers, and climate change.

“Overall, 9.2 percent of bees are considered threatened in Europe, while at the EU-27 level, 9.1 percent are threatened with extinction,” says a new report published as a part of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) European Red List of Bees project.

The study, co-funded by the European Commission, gives information about 1,965 wild bee species in Europe, including their status, distribution and the dangers they face.

Distribution of threatened bees in Europe. (image from http://ec.europa.eu)

Distribution of threatened bees in Europe. (image from http://ec.europa.eu)

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2 responses

  1. The impending bee extinction is a world wide problem, thankfully getting the attention it needs during the past few years. We can all do our part to help prevent extinction by housing a hive of native bees in our gardens.

    March 27, 2015 at 9:19 pm

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