What is it about bees? Three experts on why they’re fascinating, why they’re dying, what can save them

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Marla Spivak speaks on the beauty and tragedy of bees at TEDGlobal 2013. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Marla Spivak speaks on the beauty and tragedy of bees. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

In 1945, there were 4.5 million bees in the United States. Today, there are just about 2 million. It’s been a subtle decline over time, but one that has dramatically accelerated over the past seven years. And this should be extremely alarming, given that bees pollinate one-third of the world’s crops.

In today’s talk, given at TEDGlobal 2013, Marla Spivak looks at why bees are disappearing. She highlights four reasons — many related to changes in farming practices — and how they interact to tragic end. But beyond that, Spivak wonders: what do these deaths mean for us given that bees, a species our lives are deeply intertwined with, have thrived for over 50 million years?

“This small bee is holding up a large mirror,” says Spivak. “How much is it going to take to…

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