BUMBLEBEE POPULATIONS DROPPING SO FAST, MASS EXTINCTION COULD ARRIVE SOON
So things are getting worse. No, that’s not news to anyone that’s paying attention. But a recent study talking about the sudden decline in bumblebees worldwide should demand it. Why? Well, because if bees disappear, we could all be in big trouble, and fast. As Einstein said, “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” See? Who knows if that’s true. But who wants to take the risk to find out? Einstein was a lousy accountant. But he certainly had other skills. And the recent study on bumblebee populations across the globe could be leading the world to a mass extinction event.
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EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA’S RISING TEMPERATURES MAKING THINGS WORSE, ON TOP OF PESTICIDES
And no, this isn’t about creating social media buzz. Bumblebees populations in Europe and North America have suffered a massive and sudden drop in numbers. Scientists are saying that it’s the new, hotter average temperatures that are making things worse. So how fast is this happening? Pretty damn fast. In one human generation, the chances of bumblebees surviving in either continent have dropped by 30%. So the scientists involved in the study say that means bumblebees could simply be gone within decades.
SCIENTIFIC STUDY MAKES IT CLEAR WE HAVE TO PRESERVE THE BUMBLEBEE LIKE OUR LIVES DEPEND ON IT
So no, in case you were wondering. This wasn’t amateur hour and the study was not narrow. Not by any measure. But speaking of measure, the research team collected data on 66 different bumblebee species over a period of 115 years. So yeah, when you look at that it gives you pause. It should. Bumblebees are major players when it comes to pollinating plants. But for crops like tomatoes, berries, and squash, we can’t really do without their services. So the study strongly suggests we figure out ways to preserve these bee populations. Because if Einstein was and still is right, we don’t want to discover the alternative. If we do, we’ll all buzz off. And not into the sunset.