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Honeybee collapse caused by insecticides, scientists say; Will Congress tighten regulations?

Delila James | Science Recorder | May 10, 2014

Honeybee collapse caused by insecticides, scientists say; Will Congress tighten regulations?

A new study finds Honeybee decline is caused by the widespread use of insecticides. Will Congress act?

A new study by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health says that the widespread demise of honeybees is due to the use of a class of popular insecticides called neonicotinoids, combined with cold temperatures during the winter months. The study is published online in the Bulletin of Insectology.

The deadly combination of insecticides and cold weather causes honeybees to abandon their hives–a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Over recent years, Western countries have lost between 30 percent and 70 percent of their honeybee populations, scientists say.

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