The United States, long a leader in environmental protection, appears to be entering a period of retrenchment and retraction from adoption and enforcement of laws aimed at protecting human health and the environment. As the United States stands down, the European Union (EU) appears poised, if not already positioned, to stand in as a global environmental leader. A comparison of U.S. and EU efforts to address global declines in bees reflects this shift in global environmental leadership.
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