Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

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  1. Banned Tosspot

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    Obsessed!

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  2. adrianr

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    We've created a society that encourages and in many cases necessitates short term thinking. If you could buy shares in 'Saving the planet' and they gave the best return, we'd be breeding insects in every small nook and cranny available. As it is environmental protections are only considered if the act of not giving a shit will impact the ability to make money. Of course if we kill the planet no-one will make any money, but why would someone trying to make a million today care about not being able to make a million 100, 200 or 500 years from now? Some will, the very vast majority won't. It's too abstract an idea. Too easy to kick the can down the road. It will take an immediate and very large catastrophe to change the current system.

    It's also something that everyone has to work towards. It's no good just saying politicians or the wealthy should do something. It's true that they're in positions of greater power and influence and thus shoulder greater responsibility, but being truthful about what the planet can support will hit the lifestyle of every person in every home, certainly in the developed world. And we need to be prepared when those politicians or wealthy turn around and say "We can fix it, but you all have to stop doing X and consuming Y".
     
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    Haha? You don't get the reference, nor the joke, I'd reckon.
     
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    I've got a feeling this summer could be the one to tip us onto the path of 'oh fuck, we need to sort this out'. Temperatures went mad last year, and this year is an el nino year, meaning even more energy in the atmosphere to send things a bit pear shaped.
     
  5. Psychedelic Casual

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    Need to start leaving dead carcasses out in public for them to lay eggs in and feed on then
     
  6. I knew there was something going on. Not many squashed bugs on the front of my car last year. I put it down to me driving like a nun, glad I'm wrong.
     
  7. i kne albert davy

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    When my old fella was born there was 1.8 billion people in the world when I was born there was 3 billion today there's 7.7 billion which is the only answer as to why everything else is struggling to survive on planet earth, its the truth that no government has the balls to face up to.
     
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  8. KS55

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    Presumably, Trump is unaware that spiders are not insects.
     
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    . . . is the correct answer ;)
     
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  10. malg

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    Fuck me, is there any thread Trump doesn't make it to?

    As for insects, well, they're not cuddly are they so no one will give a fuck.
     

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