New study - effects of climate change on bumblebees

A new study by researchers from the University of Vermont has found that climate change is rapidly shrinking the area where bumblebees are found in Europe and North America.


Researchers examined more than 420,000 historical and current records of a range of bumblebee species and found them to be in steep decline at a continental scale as a result of climate change.


This analysis suggests that climate change is having a greater effect on bumblebee numbers than pesticides and land-use change.


The author of the study, Professor Kerr said; "The result is widespread, rapid declines of pollinators across continents - effects that are not due to pesticide use or habitat loss."


The research has been published in the journal Science and was covered by the BBC.


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