Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

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  1. 1.618034

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    "Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review..."

    https://www.theguardian.com/environ...ng-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature...




    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0006320718313636

    Highlights


    Over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction.


    Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera and dung beetles (Coleoptera) are the taxa most affected.


    Four aquatic taxa are imperiled and have already lost a large proportion of species.


    Habitat loss by conversion to intensive agriculture is the main driver of the declines.


    Agro-chemical pollutants, invasive species and climate change are additional causes.




    Meanwhile, vertebrates aren't fairing much better in the Earth's sixth major mass extinction...

    Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines

    https://www.pnas.org/content/114/30/E6089


    Brilliant!
     
  2. billfromthehill

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  3. Machiavelli

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    Good. I can enjoy my BBQ in summer and sleep with the windows open.
     
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  4. hilts

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    If they were more cuddly people would care.
     
  5. bluejon

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    You can tell there's been a change in the amount of bugs from the windscreen test. Go back a few years, taking a long trip on the motorway you'd always end up with a good chunk of splattered bugs on your windscreen. Isn't the case anymore. Deeply deeply worrying.
     
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    Yep. Hardly saw any moths last summer either.

    On the bright side, we've had a small family of Ladybirds living in our bathroom window secondary glazing this winter. Counted 14 this morning.
     
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    There's loads of the bastards around here if anyone wants them.
     
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    Latest Trump tweet: "Well it happened again. I Saw a bunch of Spiders out-side in the Rose Garden today right near where Crazy Jim Acosta was talking about the decline in inseckts on Fake News CNN. Look at all the Webs, Jim!"
     
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  9. bluejon

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    I've got a nine year old daughter and it scares the crap out of me to think what the world will be like when she's my age. There's massive fucking warning signs going off all over the place and yet our politicians are doing fuck all about it.
     
  10. Blue Hefner

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    I read about this earlier
    Why don't politicians, business etc i.e those in a position of influence do more? They have more money than most but even then they are not going to insulated from it all, they will still have to live on this planet
     

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