Bumblebee How Now Been Added To The Endangered Species List

Submitted by: normalfreak2 3 months ago Science

Real bad news doe bumble bees, and if you want to follow the trail, bad news for us humans.

"Today's Endangered Species listing is the best -- and probably last -- hope for the recovery of the rusty patched bumble bee," NRDC Senior Attorney Rebecca Riley said in a statement from the Xerces Society, which advocates for invertebrates. "Bumble bees are dying off, vanishing from our farms, gardens, and parks, where they were once found in great numbers."
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Male 3,452
It does suck that bees are in a decline. I would probably attribute it mainly to pesticides used on large farms, but then again, I haven't done intense research on the subject.

However, all is not doom and gloom. Nature has a way of surviving and adapting to new situations. Flowers will find a new way of pollinating, or they will find a way of becoming something new.

Flowers came into being because plants were being eaten/trampled by dinosaurs. The plants didn't have enough time to reproduce before the dinos came back around, so they evolved a way to reproduce more efficiently. Maybe, because dinos are no longer around, if bees become extinct, plants will go back to the old way of reproduction.

Time will only tell.
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Male 37,273
Because before humans came around? Not one species ever went extinct in all of history! Nope! It's 100% Human-Caused Global Warming Climate Change that is responsible for everything.
Yes IAB Readers: Humans wiped out the dinosaurs! :-) And the trilobites too!

Every single beekeeper I've spoken to has said the domestic and wild bees are doing 'just fine' and that various fluctuations in population are 'perfectly normal'.
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Male 6,431
5cats you are now employing Trump logic.....I HEAR THINGS, PEOPLE are  saying, etc are you sure they aren't the voices in  your head? ;)  I'm all for competing points of view if you can provide sources.
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Male 1,645
5cats i didnt know you hung out with so many beekeepers to form a concensous
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Male 2,045
So, in other words, humans are the reason for the bees that new OK and uncaring nature is wiping out the bumbles. Sorry, lib poster

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Male 37,273
chicagojay Hi chicagojay! Long time no see!

IAB is over-run by hate-spewing trolls now. It is also "All Anti-Trump All Day Long" too... fucking boring as all hell eh?
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Male 359
Not saying that our pesticides aren't killing a shitload of bees but... Bees are doing just fine.  The population in 2015 was slightly down from 2014, but the population in 2014 was the highest it has been in two decades.
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Male 6,431
muert A point of contention I have is The writer of that article claims commercial bees are doing okay, because beekeepers can replace lost bees, but then goes on to state that bee keepers continue to suffer economic loss. (In other words, beekeepers aren't doing so well because of continued loss of bees.) And then this: "Recent research has shown that the use of certain insecticides called neonicotinoids has been linked to declines in wild bee populations. But assessing the true magnitude of the effect is difficult, because it's a lot harder to survey wild bee populations than domesticated ones." In other words: We don't know how well wild bees are doing. From all I've seen and read, they are not doing so well.
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