Insects Could Vanish Within a Century At Current Rate of Decline, Says Global Review
Monday February 11, 2019. 06:05 AM , from Slashdot
Insect population collapses have recently been reported in Germany and Puerto Rico, but the review strongly indicates the crisis is global. The researchers set out their conclusions in unusually forceful terms for a peer-reviewed scientific paper: 'The [insect] trends confirm that the sixth major extinction event is profoundly impacting [on] life forms on our planet. The analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation, says intensive agriculture is the main driver of the declines, particularly the heavy use of pesticides. Urbanization and climate change are also significant factors. 'One of the biggest impacts of insect loss is on the many birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish that eat insects,' the study says, noting a recent study in Puerto Rico where there was a 98% fall in ground insects over 35 years. Butterflies and moths are among the worst hit.
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