Are Bumblebee Populations Really Dying Off?

This article interviews some scientists to expose how the media has latched on to certain statistics and presented them in a misleading manner.

The loss of honey bees and bumble bees is important to consider for life on earth but the news agencies have to tell the truth even when it doesn’t make for a dramatic headline.

The second issue concerns a careless use of numbers reported. We state that the the declining species have declined in RELATIVE ABUNDANCE BY AS MUCH AS 96%. But we do not say that all bumble bees have declined by 96%! The statement concerned relative abundance and the decrease in relative abundance ranged from 88%-96%, depending on the species.


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