In the case of some species, such as the North Atlantic cod, the consequences to humans of the creature’s decreasing numbers are immediately obvious. Any fisherman worth his salt will be able to point to reduced catches as the reason for the fish’s absence from restaurant menus. But the decline of some other species, however, are felt more subtly and slowly over time. And the disappearance of these critters could have potentially even more devastating results.
The honey bee population has been in decline in Europe and the U.S. for the past decade. Since bees are an essential part of raising successful crops around the world, this is a serious concern. So far, the worst affected crop has been Californian almonds, because their growth requires the most bee activity. But if bee numbers continue to drop, it will be an issue for other crops – and an urgent problem for everyone.