Nearly 1 in 10 European Bee Species Face Extinction

March 20, 2015 10:50 PM

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Europe is home to nearly 2,000 bee species, and yet a stunning 10 percent of them are currently facing the threat of extinction, with another 50-or-so species expected to face the same threat in the near future. This is even as pollinator populations around the world, consisting primarily of bees and butterflies, continue to dramatically decline - a significant worry for conservationists and agricultural experts alike.

"[These results] should be a wake-up call to the ecological disaster that is unfolding in Europe's countryside," Ariel Brunner, head of the European Union's policy at Birdlife, told The Guardian.

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