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New study points to climate change as cause for decline in bees

bee image.jpgWhen we talk about declining bee populations, we often talk about neonicotinoids. In recent years there's been a lot of focus on the pesticide, used on corn and soybean crops, and its ability to wipe out whole colonies of honey and bumble bees across North America and Europe. But researchers say pesticides are just one part of the bee decline story.

 

In a study released today in Science magazine, researchers say climate change is causing a global bumblebee decline -- the impacts of which we are only beginning to understand. And the findings come from researchers right here in Ottawa. Jeremy Kerr is a biology professor at the University of Ottawa and the lead researcher of the study, and he joined us with the details.

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