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Capital Of Norway Creates 'Bee Highway' To Help Strengthen Biodiversity

By Aimee Lutkin

Norway's capital has been working to develop its bee population for years. Bees have been dying all over the world at a rapid pace, and it's a phenomenon that has anyone with an investigated interest in nature very worried. That should include everyone who relies on food to live: bees pollinate the vast majority of our crops, and also support pollination and biodiversity in ecosystems everywhere. We need bees, and if we want to keep them around the world has to get a lot more hospitable to them real quick.

In 2015, Oslo officials started their project to build a so-called "bee highway," meaning strategic placement of flowers, meadows, and even potted plants and rooftop gardens across the urban area. The idea is to help the insects migrate, produce and feed as regularly as possible so they wouldn't become tired and die off due to the stress of searching for food in a city. Government, private businesses, and even regular citizens joined the efforts to save bees in and around Oslo.