Bees and butterflies-pollinators getting extinct

Q.  Which of the following are reasons for extinction of many pollinators?

1) Farming methods
2) Pesticides
3) Loss of habitat

- Published on 29 Feb 16

a. 1, 2
b. 1, 3
c. 2, 3
d. All of the above

ANSWER: All of the above
  • Among the reasons are — the way farming has changed so there’s not enough diversity and wild flowers for pollinators to use as food; pesticide use, habitat loss to cities; disease, parasites and pathogens; and global warming.
  • The variety and multiplicity of threats to pollinators and pollination generate risks to people and livelihoods.
  • These risks are largely driven by changes in land cover and agricultural management systems, including pesticide use.
  • But these are problems that can be fixed, and unlike global warming, the solutions don't require countries to agree on global action — they can act locally. The solutions offered mostly involve changing the way land and farming is managed.

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