A new report shows bee populations are on the rise, but the hives are still facing major threats.

SeekerPublished: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018
Published: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018

Unless you've been avoiding the internet for a decade (and if so, welcome!) You've probably heard about the bee rapture. In 2006, the first instances of something called colony collapse disorder were reported. That winter, 25 percent of all bee colonies in the US were destroyed. That means billions of bees.

CCD is this strange phenomenon where worker bees leave the colony never to return! The queen, bee youngins, and all that honey is just left behind. CCD could devastate food production, as bee-pollination accounts for 15-billion dollars a year in crops. No bees, no foods!

So, for at least a decade, scientists have been working like a bee to try and solve CCD. They've found at least 60 different environmental factors... Like a combination of invasive pests, climate change and pesticide poisoning.

After all this research, a new report has finally given us some good news. The bees are making a comeback! That said, there are still some major threats to the hives, mainly two things: the pesky varroa mite and pesticides.

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