Critical Analysis of a Newspaper Article:
“A Bumblebee Gets New Protection on Obama’s Way Out”
And the announcement about the bee came a day after the Fish and Wildlife Service said that human-caused climate change…www.nytimes.com
The newspaper article, “A Bumblebee Gets New Protection on Obama’s Way Out”, was written by Tatiana Schlossberg and John Schwartz in January of 2017.This newspaper article is a reliable source because it is in The New York Times, a credible newspaper. To summarize, the article talks about legislation Obama passed before leaving the office, specifically the ones protecting bees.
The article begins with, “The rusty-patched bumblebee, once common across the continental United States, has been designated an endangered species by the Fish and Wildlife Service: the country’s first bumblebee, and the first bee from the lower 48 states, to be added to the register. Seven bees were previously listed as endangered, but they are found only in Hawaii. Since the late 1990s, the population of the rusty-patched bumblebee has declined by nearly 90 percent, a result of a combination of factors, including exposure to pesticides, climate change, habitat loss and disease, federal wildlife officials said. The species, once found in 28 states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces, is found today only in small pockets of its once-sprawling habitat. The designation will accelerate efforts to protect the bees’ habitat and to reduce the use of pesticides that are killing them”.
The article continues, addressing why this good news, with Trump coming into office soon after and how important bees are. It says, “The incoming Trump administration, however, would need to undertake a lengthy process to declare the rusty-patched bumblebee population recovered if it wished to reverse this week’s decision, and it would be required by law to justify its action on scientific grounds” on Trump’s administration. And continues to talk about the importance of bees in the quote, “Around the world, the populations of bees, butterflies and other insects that promote plant growth are crashing, a threat not only to biodiversity but also to the global food supply. A study last year from a group associated with the United Nations warned that an increasing number of species that aid the growth of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of food each year face extinction. “Obviously, it’s sad that anything has to get on the endangered list, but this really provides a great opportunity,” said Dennis vanEngelsdorp of the University of Maryland, a bee expert who applauded the government’s decision. “When you’re talking about saving the bumblebees, what you’re really talking about is saving the community.”
The article finishes by talking about what measures need to be taken to save the bees and more on why the bumblebee being declared endangered is a good thing, because it brings attention to it. Like with polar bears becoming a symbol for climate change. The attention brought by this helped people rally and spread the news to fight for the bees.