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Has anyone noticed the bumblebees disappearing?

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With the earth's increased temperature scientists would expect bees to be moving further north from their natural habitats – Europe and North America – however, the only response to the climate warming has been a decrease in numbers in more southern areas.
Read more about why this is happening on our blog at: http://blog.worldweatheronline.com/2015/07/21/anyone-noticed-bumblebees-disappearing/

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Has anyone noticed the bumblebees disappearing?

  1. 1. www.worldweatheronline.com Has anyone noticed the bumblebees disappearing?
  2. 2. www.worldweatheronline.com The Earth’s climate change is starting to significantly affect the habitats in which bees can survive. Therefore scientists would expect bees to be moving further north from their natural habitats – Europe and North America – however, the only response to the climate warming has been a decrease in numbers in more southern areas. What’s this about?
  3. 3. www.worldweatheronline.com How do we know? A team of European, American and Canadian scientists have been studying the areas of the Earth habited by Bees. The researchers have found that in the southern parts of both Europe and North America the population of bees has declined. The researchers believe that the rise in temperature is having a greater impact than pesticides or land changes.
  4. 4. www.worldweatheronline.com Why won’t the bees migrate north? Scientists believe that bees are failing to migrate north, because of the lack of capacity to rapidly grow a new population. What’s the problem with bees disappearing? • Bumblebees have a large role in pollinating not only food crops, but wild plants and flowers as well. • Around 1/3 of the food and drinks humans consume are pollinated by insects, therefore the insects are a significant part of the production.
  5. 5. www.worldweatheronline.com Is there anything we can do? Scientists believe that we can help to save the bumblebee with a process called assisted migration. If we move the insects to a cooler climate and help them colonise their new habitat, the bumblebee may have a better chance of survival.
  6. 6. www.worldweatheronline.com To find out more about why not read the whole article, click the link below: Has anyone noticed the bumblebees disappearing?

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