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Insects Could Die Out 'in Worst Extinction Since the Dinosaurs', Experts Warn
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=22842"><span class="small">Rob Waugh, Yahoo News</span></a>   
Thursday, 04 July 2019 08:37

Waugh writes: "The world is teetering on the edge of a man-made apocalypse, experts have warned - with plunging insect numbers in Europe offering a chilling warning."

The numbers of insects in Europe are plunging. (photo: Getty)
The numbers of insects in Europe are plunging. (photo: Getty)

Insects Could Die Out 'in Worst Extinction Since the Dinosaurs', Experts Warn

By Rob Waugh, Yahoo News

04 July 19


he world is teetering on the edge of a man-made apocalypse, experts have warned - with plunging insect numbers in Europe offering a chilling warning.

A report this year found that 40% of insect species are declining, with a third endangered, according to a global scientific review of research.

Researchers in Europe became aware of how serious the decline in insect numbers was in 2011 - and say that since then it has ‘got worse’.

Martin Sorg of the Amateur Entomology Society of Krefeld have gathered 80 million insects in traps, and their work has been key to identifying today’s rapid decline.

Sorg says, ‘Since 1982, the traps we manufacture ourselves have been standardised and controlled, all of the same size and the same material, and they are collected at the same rate in 63 locations that are still identical.’

Sorg told, ‘We only became aware of the seriousness of this decline in 2011, and every year since then we have seen it get worse.’

The total mass of insects on our planet is droppping by 2.5% a year - meaning that insects could be wiped out altogether within a century.

That would have ‘catastrophic’ effects on the environment as a whole, researchers said earlier this year, with many ecosystems reliant on insects.

Birds, lizards and even plants pollinated by insects could be wiped out, the researchers warn - saying that extinction rates among insects are eight times higher than among mammals, birds and reptiles.

Francisco Sánchez-Bayo of the University of Sydney said in February, ‘If insect species losses cannot be halted, this will have catastrophic consequences for both the planet’s ecosystems and for the survival of mankind.

‘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.’

The researchers write, ‘The trends confirm that the sixth major extinction event is profoundly impacting life forms on our planet.

‘Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades.

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+9 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-07-04 09:38
& Insect numbers may be dropping in N. America, if my anecdotal & local observations have any validity.
+8 # Thinking 2019-07-04 11:43
With more agricultural chemicals in use in the US, the decline is likely to be faster in the US than Europe -- at least I presume that is the reason I informally observe so few insects.
+6 # indian weaving 2019-07-04 09:43
Hilarious article. In fact, no life will survive ACD at this point, we're past the tipping. We have identified over 40 synergistic warming cycles we've created and can no longer stop. Each of the 40 is accelerating the warming rate of all the others. This adds up to incredible acceleration of heating, the rate increasing continuously now. Once the klathrates explode, that shortens life on earth by a factor of at least 10. No life is going to survive this species' behavior - the humans wiped out Mother Earth and all life in the universe due to greed and NO morality.
+4 # Citizen Mike 2019-07-04 11:08
Our inheritors, as Larry Todd pointed out in a comic strip back in the 70s, will be Cucaracha Sapiens.
+6 # oldoilieotto 2019-07-04 11:35
Last year, in late May, I drove 3500 miles through the eastern and some parts of the plains states of the U.S. and only cleaned ONE bug from the windshield of my car. This is not a climate change problem in this area. The problem is that we have flooded the country with insecticides and weed killers. Fifty years ago a lot of cars had bug screens to keep them from clogging radiators and you scrubbed your windshield every time you got fuel. This may be anecdotal, but it is nonetheless real.
+1 # Wise woman 2019-07-04 14:11
It's not only the insects. Ten years ago when it rained, I couldn't help but killing the tadpoles as they cavorted along my walkway much as I tried. I miss the butterflies and seasonal visits from the ladybugs who come no more. We were flooded with pesticides which got so bad we ran to our cars with noses covered. A loud uproar finally put an end to it. Now we have dandelions and grass and not much more. I'm hoping the great energy healers of this new generation will bring our great mother earth back to health.