Climate change causes bees to fall out of sync with flowering plants

7th November 2014
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Reacting to a new report from the University of East Anglia, published today (6 November 2014), which says climate change could be disrupting the relationship between bees and plants, Friends of the Earth Nature Campaigner Sandra Bell said: “This study joins a growing number that show how climate change is beginning to affect some our most vital and beautiful species, such as our bees.

“If we want to safeguard the vital pollinating services our bees provide we must tackle climate change and help them adapt to the changes already happening.

“This week’s National Pollinator Strategy was an important stride forward – now we need rapid action to deliver more and better habitat with plentiful food sources to help our bees survive.

“We can’t afford to ignore the mounting evidence: unless we rapidly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels we face a catastrophe.”

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Notes to editors:

1.  The UEA report is published at 5pm on Thursday 6 November.

2. Friends of the Earth led the campaign for a National Pollinator Strategy (NPS) to protect Britain’s bees and other pollinators. The NPS was published on Tuesday 4 November 2014.

3. Friends of the Earth warned about the threat that climate change poses to bees earlier this year.

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