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If bees go, will they take us with them?
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Bees, wild and domesticated, are in big trouble. Bee colonies are dying off at alarming rates, and the cause isn’t clear. Pesticides, habitat loss, disease… there’s a laundry list of likely culprits. We rely on these tiny pollinators for a majority of our fruits, veggies, and nuts… if they disappear, could we be next?

LINKS/SOURCES:
Bee declines driven by combined stress from parasites, pesticides, and lack of flowers (Science, 2015) http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6229/1255957.abstract

What’s killing America’s bees? http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.0050168

Anand Varma’s TED talk on saving bees: http://www.ted.com/talks/anand_varma_a_thrilling_look_at_the_first_21_days_of_a_bee_s_life?language=en#t-63891

The White House’s 2015 Pollinator Action Plan: http://journalistsresource.org/studies/environment/sustainability/bee-declines-combined-stress-parasites-pesticides-lack-of-flowers

Colony collapse disorder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_collapse_disorder

Report of the commissioner of agriculture (1868): https://archive.org/details/reportofcommis00unit

Summary of colony collapse disorder: http://journalistsresource.org/studies/environment/sustainability/bee-declines-combined-stress-parasites-pesticides-lack-of-flowers

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