Beekeepers have seen a decline in their honey yields.
- Honey yields are decreasing with rising temperatures as well as areas suitable for honey production.
- Melbourne is getting hotter, the last 18 years have been above average temperatures.
- Increasing temperatures will push bees to gather more water than nectar decreasing the quality of honey.
- Australia is the fourth largest exporter of honey in the world.
- Continued warming risks phenological asynchrony, that is bees emerging at different times to its food source further endangering the species
- Bees may face extinction within the century.
- Declines in bee population will have wide ranging impacts on agriculture, three out of four crops producing fruits or seeds for human use depend on bees for pollination.
What can be done?
- Email your local MP and tell them that action on climate is important to you and explain the impacts being felt in your area. One email might not feel like much but most politicians consider it to be representative of 100 citizens.
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* We aim to keep our material as accurate and as relevant as possible. Working with climate science, a field that is being constantly updated, keeps us on our toes. Information on this site was gathered on June 1 2019; if you notice information that needs updating please let us know. For the full reference list please see the following.
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“Australian Climate Change Site Data – Melbourne Regional Office”, Bureau of Meteorology, access April 23 2019, http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/climate/hqsites/site_data.cgi?variable=maxT&area=aus&station=086071&dtype=anom&period=annual&ave_yr=0
“Honey production in Australia,” Victorian Farmer’s Federation, accessed April 29, 2019, https://www.vff.org.au/vff/Industries/Horticulture/Beekeepers/Honey_Production_in_Australia/vff/Industry_Groups/Horticulture/Beekeepers/Honey_Production_in_Australia.aspx?hkey=bbb529de-9155-4a9f-b513-dd5fff5ad336
CaraDonna, Cunningham, and Iler, “Experimental Warming in the Field Delays Phenology and Reduces Body Mass, Fat Content and Survival: Implications for the Persistence of a Pollinator under Climate Change.”2345.