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Decline of honey bees now a global phenomenon, says United Nations

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Bee colony collapse, once limited to Europe and America, is now being seen in Asia and Africa.

The mysterious collapse of honey-bee colonies is becoming a global phenomenon, scientists working for the United Nations have revealed.

Declines in managed bee colonies, seen increasingly in Europe and the US in the past decade, are also now being observed in China and Japan and there are the first signs of African collapses from Egypt, according to the report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).