It can’t BEE worse for Bugs and Insects

For almost 30 years they passed as quirky eccentrics, diligently setting up their insect traps in the Rhine countryside to collect tens of millions of bugs and creepy crawlers.

Now the group of German entomology enthusiasts can boast a world-class scientific treasure: evidence of what is described as one of Earth’s worst extinction phases since the dinosaurs vanished.

Insects, which comprise two thirds of all terrestrial species, have been dying off at alarming rates, with disastrous impacts on food chains and habitats, researchers say.

“…the total biomass of flying insects here has plummeted by 76 percent.”

“We only became aware of the seriousness of this decline in 2011, and every year since then we have seen it get worse,” says Sorg, the man who sounded the alarm.

On one side of the road lies a protected nature reserve. On the other, a sugar beet field is being sprayed with pesticides by an agricultural machine.

“You see, protected reserves are not so protected,” says Sorg.

Across the border, Kroon says, “we must realise that here in western Europe our nature is getting smaller, the agriculture fields are very hostile to insects. There is no food, they get poisoned.

“And nature areas are also more and more isolated. Insects can’t move from one place to another, it’s too far away.”

They calculated that over 40 percent of insect species are threatened with extinction, and each year about one percent is added to the list.

This is equivalent, they noted, to “the most massive extinction episode” since the dinosaurs disappeared.

The main drivers appeared to be habitat loss and land conversion to intensive agriculture and urbanisation, followed by pollution, mainly from pesticides and fertilisers, invasive species and climate change.

“The conclusion is clear,” they wrote.

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

source: https://phys.org/news/2019-07-insect-apocalypse-german-bug-watchers.html

see also: https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/through-the-fault-of-humans/

https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/dear-epa-it-is-our-fault/

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One Response to “It can’t BEE worse for Bugs and Insects”

  1. Meier Corroboration #192 | Cosmic Love Says:

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