Insect populations are in sharp decline
We can not survive without bugs. In fact, nothing can. If we kill all the bugs, the entire ecosystem collapses. We will no longer exist.
There is no doubt that we are poisoning our planet at an alarming rate. What’s really scary is that we are not focusing on reducing pesticide use. In fact, the amount of poison that is already in our land and water may be enough to continue the decline of insects even if we stopped using poison today.
We fear bugs because we know little about them. One person will scream and jump up on a chair to get away from a spider while another will just pick it up and put it outside. We need to respect bugs. It’s for our own good.
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Here are some articles on the decline of insect populations
Study shows dramatic declines in insect populations in Germany
Much smaller insect populations could have significant knock-on effects for the health of the planet
A new scientific study has found “dramatic” and “alarming” declines in insect populations in areas in Germany, which researchers say could have far-reaching consequences for the world’s crop production and natural ecosystems.
A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It’s a catastrophe
Insects have triumphed for hundreds of millions of years in every habitat but the ocean. Their success is unparalleled, which makes their disappearance all the more alarming
Thirty-five years ago an American biologist Terry Erwin conducted an experiment to count insect species. Using an insecticide “fog”, he managed to extract all the small living things in the canopies of 19 individuals of one species of tropical tree, Luehea seemannii, in the rainforest of Panama. He recorded about 1,200 separate species, nearly all of them coleoptera (beetles) and many new to science; and he estimated that 163 of these would be found on Luehea seemannii only.
Insects Are Dying Off at an Alarming Rate
Forty percent of insect populations have seen declines in recent years and will drop even more without immediate action
Ecosystems can’t function without the millions of insects that make up the base of the food chain, and a new review in the journal Biological Conservation suggests human activity and climate change are chiseling away at those foundations.
The new study shows 41 percent of insect species have seen steep declines in the past decade, with similar drops forecast for the near future. It’s estimated that 40 percent of the 30 million or so insect species on earth are now threatened with extinction.