Bumblebee numbers are on the decline.

New research using up to date information has found the insects are far less common than they used to be.

In North America, you are nearly 50% less likely to see a bumblebee in any given area than you were prior to 1974.

Bumblebees are very important to our ecosystem. They pollinate many wild plants, as well as important crops like tomatoes, squash, and many types of berries.

The reason for the decline in numbers – hotter conditions on earth.

In a new paper published this week in the journal Science, researchers used a complex process to suggest that the decline is driven in large part by climate change.

Scientists found that in areas that have become hotter in the last 10 years, bumblebees are less common. In Europe, they are 17 percent less plentiful than they were in the early 20th century.

A zoo in the UK is asking for unwanted perfume so its big cats can play with it.

Banham Zoo in Norfolk put the request on social media. Apparently, their zookeepers are running low on supply.

They say that “Scent can play an important part in [the cats] enrichment programmes, providing animals with opportunities to express natural behaviours.”

The zoo says it will accept any perfume – but the cats do have a favourite. 

Calvin Klein perfume is a huge hit with all big cats, but any perfumes work well and the zoo do like to offer them a variety of different smells.

Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi has won an Oscar for his film Jojo Rabbit. He won the award for best-adapted screenplay.

The Oscar for the filmmaker was handed out at the 92nd Academy Awards held in Hollywood.

R&B singer Janelle Monae started the ceremony with the star-studded audience dancing in the aisles with her spirited opening number, Come Alive.

She was followed by comedians Steve Martin and Chris Rock who got the crowd rolling in the aisles with funny welcome.

For New Zealand audiences Waititi won his award early on. He gave a heartfelt speech, thanking his mum and then dedicating the award to indigenous kids around the world.

“I dedicate this to all the indigenous kids in the world who want to do art and dance and write stories, we are the original storytellers and we can make it here, as well”.

Moving onto the big awards, the night belonged to South Korean director and screenwriter Bong Joon-ho whose movie Parasite won the main awards.

The Korean language film took home four awards, almost a clean sweep of all the major categories, winning Best International Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and the big award, Best Picture. It made history by becoming the first non-English feature to win the coveted prize

OVERALL AWARDS
Best Picture – Parasite
Best Actress – Renée Zellweger
Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix
Best Director – Bong Joon-ho

Best Supporting Actress – Laura Dern

Best Supporting Actor – Brad Pitt

Best Animated Feature – Toy Story 4

Best Original Screenplay – Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won (Parasite)
Best Adapted Screenplay – Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit)