Rising Temperatures Are Squishing Bumblebee Habitats

Rob Verger, Vice News

Climate change is putting the pinch on bumblebee habitats, says a study published today in the journal Science.

As atmospheric temperatures have risen, wild bumblebees in North America and Europe have not been extending the northern limits of their ranges to higher latitudes, as some other species have done. Meanwhile, higher temperatures are forcing bees to abandon the southern portions of their ranges, which have shifted north an average of 300 kilometers.

“The net effect is a compression of the range and a loss of area in which a given species exists,” Leif Richardson, a coauthor on the study and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vermont, told VICE News. “We have strong evidence presented in this paper to show that this is correlated with changes in temperatures — in climate — across the two continents.”

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