Yeah, people are making a big deal of this but not reading it all the way through. When you look at where a lot of those losses happened, the areas include the places that had nasty winter, and the places that have been experiencing drought. I suspect the drought might account for a lot of the summer losses.
if the average was a 30% loss, i'm not sure how that differs from other years. + it looks like this last year was better overall than the year before where we had....nasty winter and drought!
interestingly, at about the same time this report came out, the feds announce that they were going to do things to "help" the pollinators. They intend to use PUBLIC land to grow bee friendly stuff, protect the bees, and use the EPA to get it all done. What could go wrong with that?