Pollinator Decline Lacking News Coverage

Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign published a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that shows pollinator decline receives little mainstream news coverage. A search of nearly 25 million news items from six prominent U.S. and global news sources found “vanishingly low levels of attention to pollinator population topics” over several decades. “As much as the entomological community is gripped by this impending crisis, it appears the public isn’t paying much attention,” said study co-leader May Berenbaum. “It’s not that people are indifferent, it’s just that they don’t even know about it.”