I would have to say that I'm surprised as my understanding is there are more hives than ever.
Also statistically theres a few problems. If we lose 2.3% of hives per year (and my understanding is we do to varroa, starvation, AFB , dead queen etc) then thats 33% over 14 years (2006 to 2020).
The article has some bad statistics backed by a bogus quote to give it false legitiamacy .. ie who knew Albert E, as a physicist mathmetician, was qualified to knowledgeably discuss biology and hive keeping? Thats like the pope being considered an expert on object oriented program