According to the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), the American Bumblebee has wholly disappeared in eight states and has seen a population decline of over 90% across the U.S.
Biologist Celia Vuocolo said contributing factors include habitat loss, climate change, and pesticide use.
The plight of the American Bumblebee is highly alarming because plants that depend on them for pollination can not reproduce and will die if the bumblebee becomes extinct.
Scientists and Conservation groups hope that putting the American Bumblebee on the endangered list will protect the species.
As bee populations worldwide continue to decline, people may see the effects reflected in the economy.
American Bumblebee Could Soon Be Considered an Endangered Species in the United States https://t.co/j22kUCHzjz— People (@people) October 15, 2021
The U.S. has a $15 billion industry that relies on bee pollination, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Fruits and vegetables such as pumpkin, apples, blueberries, and oranges require pollination from bees to help them grow.