NEW YORK — — A new U.S. study finds the honeybee population is on the upswing.
The study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that bees were in a “near-steady decline” and the numbers of colonies have been on a steady rise in recent years.
It found that bee colonies have shrunk in the U.K., France and Australia.
In the U, the number of honeybee colonies fell from 2.3 million in 2014 to 1.7 million in 2019.
In France, beekeepers have had to shut down beekeeping operations in 2017 because of the decline in colonies.
In Australia, beekeeping has also been hit hard by a declining honeybee colony.
The new Pew study shows bee populations have grown by about 1.5 percent annually over the last 15 years in both the U and France.
But the number has been on the decline, the Pew researchers said.
This year, the honeybees in the world are on track to be at an all-time low.
The Pew researchers wrote in the report that in the first quarter of 2019, the U;s bee population fell for the first time since at least 2006.
The numbers of honeybees have been declining in recent decades and there is evidence that the bee decline is related to climate change.
More from CBS News: Beekeepers say they are not losing any honey, but beekeeping is in trouble The Pew study, based on census data from France, Italy and the U., found that the number or percentage of colonies in the top 20 percent of honey bee colonies fell between 2012 and 2019.
The researchers attributed this decline to a decline in winter temperatures and the honey bee population’s dependence on pollinators for pollination.
The report also found that honey bee numbers were declining in several European countries, particularly France, Belgium and Germany.
The bees are also declining in the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland, where honey bee populations are at their lowest levels.