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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:48 AM

Insects Are Dying En Masse. Here's Why That's Actually Horrible.

There have been warning signs for years about plummeting insect populations worldwide, but the extent of the potentially “catastrophic” crisis had not been well-understood — until now.

The first global scientific review of insect population decline was published this week in the journal Biological Conservation and the findings are “shocking,” its authors said.

More than 40 percent of insect species are dwindling globally and a third of species are endangered, concluded the peer-reviewed study, which analyzed 73 historical reports on insect population declines.

Chillingly, the total mass of insects is falling by 2.5 percent annually, the review’s authors said. If the decline continues at this rate, insects could be wiped off the face of the Earth within a century.

“It is very rapid. In 10 years you will have a quarter less, in 50 years only half left and in 100 years you will have none,” study co-author Francisco Sánchez-Bayo, an environmental biologist at the University of Sydney, Australia, told The Guardian.

“If insect species losses cannot be halted, this will have catastrophic consequences for both the planet’s ecosystems and for the survival of mankind,” Sánchez-Bayo added.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/insect-population-decline-extinction_us_5c611921e4b0f9e1b17f097d

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Reply Insects Are Dying En Masse. Here's Why That's Actually Horrible. (Original post)
mfcorey1 Feb 11 OP
democratisphere Feb 11 #1
at140 Feb 11 #2
Shell_Seas Feb 11 #4
at140 Feb 11 #6
Blues Heron Feb 11 #3
Shell_Seas Feb 11 #5
Quixote1818 Feb 11 #7
Comatose Sphagetti Feb 11 #8

Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:51 AM

1. Destroying food chains, pollination and the like.

Mass extinction continues at an extremely rapid rate.

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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:54 AM

2. Roaches in my building are alive and well :(

Some residents in my condo building do not remove garbage often.
That invites roaches. I take out garbage every day. I see roaches
in common area and one of them will find a way into my unit occasionally.
Disgusting!

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Response to at140 (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:57 AM

4. Roaches don't pollinate food though, and those f***ers will be here long after humans are gone

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Response to Shell_Seas (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 03:15 PM

6. Yap after next nuclear war

With MAD (mutually assured destruction) cockroaches will surely survive and feast on all the roasted rotting flesh.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:55 AM

3. re. the headline

you'd have to be very shallow to think "fewer bugs- yay"

Of course it's horrible!

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:57 AM

5. Us humans are really screwed, aren't we?

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 03:42 PM

7. I was just in Florida and was stunned at how few insects I saw there.

I was wondering how the reptiles were surviving?

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:10 PM

8. Haven't seen a House Sparrow on the farm for two years now.

It's shocking: They used to be very common.

Did some research last night and it looks like decrease in available nesting sites and increased use of insecticides is partly to blame

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