Bees
Increasing urban temperatures can also contribute to the decreasing bee population. (Photo : Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

It has been well established that the use of toxic pesticides and disease outbreaks are the main driver of the declining bee population. However, a new study from North Carolina State University revealed that the increasing urban temperatures can also contribute to the decreasing bee population.

The study, published in the journal Biology Letters, showed that almost all of the 15 most common wild bee species in the southeastern cities can be negatively affected by the increasing temperatures in urban heat islands.

“This is certainly relevant for urban heat islands, but it may also help us understand potential effects of global climate change on bee species,” said Elsa Youngsteadt, a research associate at NC State and co-lead author of the study, in a press release. “If species that have a lower CTmax are most sensitive…