A Quarter of Known Bee Species Haven’t Been Seen Since 1990

A global study finds that species numbers reported in the wild fell sharply between 1990 and 2015.

This story originally appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The number of wild bee species recorded by an international database of life on earth has declined by a quarter since 1990, according to a global analysis of bee declines.

Researchers analyzed bee records from museums, universities and citizen scientists collated by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, (GBIF) a global, government-funded network providing open-access data on biodiversity.

They found a steep decline in bee species being recorded since 1990, with approximately 25

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