- The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition in February to include the bee as an endangered species.
- On Wednesday, the FWS said inclusion of the insect in the Endangered Species Act ‘may be necessary’ and would now review another 12 months.
- Bumblebee numbers in the US have dropped by 89 percent, and the bug has disappeared from at least eight states
- The American bumblebee pollinates many plants, wild flowers and crops.
- The CBD said its loss would have ‘great consequences for the entire ecosystem and crop production’
According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, the American bumblebee is moving toward the Endangered Species Act.
Once common across the country, bees, an essential pollinator, have seen their numbers decline by nearly 90 percent over the past two decades, thanks to habitat destruction, pesticides, competition with bees, and climate change.
It has completely disappeared from eight states, especially in the Northeast.
The bumblebee is a highly adaptable generalist that pollinates a wide variety of plants, wild flowers and crops, from tomatoes and peppers to strawberries and melons.
However, it is not currently protected under any state or federal endangered species laws.
after reviewing a petition Submitted in February, FWS officials said adding the insect as a ‘threatened’ or ‘endangered’ species under the 1973 Act ‘may be necessary’ and promised to address the issue in a 12-month search did.
Because the American bumblebee is so sensitive to environmental changes, such a designation could mean major regulatory changes for a number of industries, including agriculture, real estate and even renewable energy.
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After reviewing a petition to add the American bumblebee as an endangered species, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said on Wednesday that such protection ‘may be necessary.’ This will make a final determination after another 12 months of study.
one in publish memo On Wednesday in the Federal Register, the FWS said a 90-day review indicated the American bumblebee (Latin name .) bombus pennsylvanicus) was one of three animals eligible for further study for entry into the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants, along with the Siuslaw hairy-necked tiger beetle and the Long Valley spotted dace, a member of the minnow family. Was.
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Keith Hirokawa, professor of environmental law at Albany Law School bloomberg law The implications of adding Bee to the list ‘could be really important.’
‘A far-reaching solution would be a fundamental change in the way our agricultural operations are built,’ said Hirokawa, whose students partnered with Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity on the petition.
While the American bumblebee once thrived in 47 of the 48 continental states, its population has declined by an average of 89 percent over the past 20 years. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, they have completely disappeared from at least eight states since the turn of the century, mostly in the Northeast.
It calls for listing the bee as an endangered species, which has been designated a ‘critical habitat’ for its conservation.
The American bumblebee is one of the most important and diverse pollinators in North America.
While the bug once thrived in 47 of the 48 continental states, its population has declined by 89 percent since 2002.
According to the center, they have since disappeared completely from at least eight states: Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Idaho, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming.
In New York State, bumblebee populations have fallen 99 percent—and areas in the Southeast and Midwest have seen declines of more than 50 percent.
B. pennsylvanicus The decline towards extinction continues because of the devastating, synergistic effects of threats – including habitat destruction, agriculture, insecticides, accelerating mites and disease, climate change, competition with bees and loss of genetic diversity, the center warns .
“The loss will have significant consequences for the entire ecosystem and crop production,” the group said.
The Center said that the states which have seen the biggest decline in the bee population are the same states which have seen the biggest increase in the use of pesticides, hence new limits on their use will be needed to protect the bees.
multiple studies have indicated that chemical insecticides sprayed on agricultural fields disrupt the homing system of bees, causing them to become disoriented and die.
The decline in bumblebee populations has been linked to increased use of pesticides. If bees are added to the endangered species list, it will trigger increased regulation of pesticide use
While state and local governments across the country are pushing hard for renewable energy projects in their districts, developers who accidentally kill bees could be exposed to legal liability if the bug is found by ESA, Brooke Marcus, a natural resource manager, said. was placed under the auspices of the lawyer. Nosman LLP in Austin told Bloomberg.
This will all depend on how the FWS defines bee habitat and how it regulates accidental or permitted deaths.
“At this early stage, we cannot predict the potential impacts of the listing on land use, pesticide use, etc.,” Georgia Parham, a spokeswoman for the Fish and Wildlife Service, told Bloomberg.
‘An understanding of the potential effects of listing will depend on our 12-month search, in which we determine whether listing is needed.’
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