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Sci Tech    H4'ed 2/7/20

Bumblebees could face extinction due to climate change

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Bumblebees are disappearing at rates 'consistent with a mass extinction.' Scientists said that North America's bumblebee populations fell by 46% between the two time periods the study used – from 1901 to 1974 and from 2000 to 2014. Bee populations were hardest hit in warming southern regions like Mexico, due to extreme warm years, which exceeded the species’ historical temperature ranges, according to the study.

Lead author Peter Soroye, PhD student at the University of Ottawa:'If declines continue at this pace, many of these species could vanish forever within a few decades.'

Bumblebees are the best pollinators we have in wild landscapes and the most effective pollinators for important crops like tomato, squash, and berries. 'Our results show that we face a future with many less bumblebees and much less diversity, both in the outdoors and on our plates.'

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Although climate change is delivering lethal blows, we should not underestimate further lethal effects we surely do have control over, and that is the pesticides and herbicides with which we douse EVERYTHING agricultural.


We believe we can poison our way out of anything. Fools, humanity.


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Thank you for your as usual incisive comment. Our thins thicken so we are not even shocked by such news, eh?



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First the bumble bees then what? Scary to think about it.

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As the video suggests, I have been planting bee friendly flowers and doing my best to avoid all the chemical poisons that come in with non organic food(?) that friends bring over. I cringed when I saw the photo of flowers in the video. Many were from bulbs. Years ago, I ordered bulbs from Breck's. Then I realized that their bulbs might be pre-treated with neonictinoids. I immediately called the company and the receptionist did not even understand my question as to whether neonics had been used on the bulbs I ordered. She went to a supervisor, with me on hold. When she returned, she proudly assured me that my bulbs were all pre treated. I canceled the order and went to an organic bulb distributor for my bee flowers. Neonics are not allowed in Holland from whence most bulbs come, but they are allowed on bulbs grown for export to toxic countries like the US. Since then, I found out that most big box stores sell the same bee poison crap. You must track your purchases of bee friendly plants all the way to the seed providers to find out if the plants are poisoned. It is not easy and most big box store employees do not have a clue about the problem.

Too many people want to see perfect flowers with perfect leaves and consequently live in a poisoned environment to keep everything "Better Homes and Gardens" perfect. Perfect insanity leading to perfect extinction of bees and us in that order.

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Thanks for your as usual insightful and valuable comment.

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