[ in a flower-rich meadow (above) and harvesting honey from a bee box (below). Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Vanya of Bees in the Desert
28 September 2014
It may come as a shock, but bees are essential to the modern economy. Without them, much of our food production would be threatened. But how important are the honey-producing insects to our economies? And how do we ensure their survival?
In this video, Richard Fuller, a bee expert from Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, addresses these questions as well as the impact of climate change on the future of bee populations. Using images from the BBC programme "Blue Planet" he discusses the rich diversity of British bees, which he says have declined by up to 80% in the last 20 years. He then talks about the impact of climate change on wild bees, the widespread problem of "colony collapse disorder" and the impact of pesticides on bees. Finally, we hear about his research into new ways to improve bee health and how to make bees more effective pollinators.Sweden Museum of Natural History
The Sweden Museum of Natural History (), also known as Skansen for short, is a museum of natural history in Stockholm, Sweden.
Skansen was inaugurated on 19 April 1891 and the first official exhibition opened in 1893.
The Skansen was the brainchild of and Carl Georg Olof Johan Helmuth, the Count of Rosenmüller, a grandson of and one of the leading advocates of the Swedish Museum of Natural History. The museum was based in the grounds of the Swedish Royal Castle on the island of Slottsbacken in Stockholm. The rest of the park's area was planned to become a park and leisure-area where the future members of the working class could be given an education in natural sciences, gardening and shooting in order to develop their natural and physical abilities.
An initial plan was for the museum to be built in the Grand Court of the castle but it soon became clear that the space could not be large 0b46394aab