Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

Source: New York Times

The world never feels fallen, because we grow accustomed to the fall.

insect populations, which are naturally variable, with wide, trend-obscuring fluctuations from one year to the next.

 a 2014 review in Science tried to quantify these declines by synthesizing the findings of existing studies and found that a majority of monitored species were declining, on average by 45 percent

Half of all farmland birds in Europe disappeared in just three decades. 

“it is not only the vulnerable species but the flying-insect community as a whole that has been decimated over the last few decades.”

The current worldwide loss of biodiversity is popularly known as the sixth extinction: the sixth time in world history that a large number of species have disappeared in unusually rapid succession, caused this time not by asteroids or ice ages but by humans. 

Conservationists tend to focus on rare and endangered species, but it is common ones, because of their abundance, that power the living systems of our planet.

Only about 2 percent of invertebrate species have been studied enough for us to estimate whether they are in danger of extinction, never mind what dangers that extinction might pose.

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