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Nature itself is dying.

A scientific report has reported that insects are dying all over the world.

In the next 90 years, it is predicted they will all be gone if they continue to die at the rate they are.

That means by the turn of the century life as we know it will be gone, as all insects will be dead.

I understand that most of you will see it as too big to deal with and carry on with your day, file it in the back of your mind and carry on and eat your dinner.

But this is it.

It’s all over, red rover. Kaput. Final.

Ecological collapse is happening. Not about to happen. Or ‘facing.’ But underway.

HAPPENING right now.

80% of the biomass of insects has disappeared in the last 25–30 years.

The world’s first insect anthropogenic mass extinction is occurring. A third of ALL insect species are NOW endangered.

The total insect biomass (which weights 17 times that of humanity) is shrinking at 2.5% a year.

The extinction rate is eight times that of birds, mammals, and reptiles and this is significant given that since 1970 60% of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles have been wiped out.

To quote directly from the report, the extinction is threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems… If insect species losses cannot be halted, this will have catastrophic consequences for both the planet’s ecosystems and for the survival of mankind.”

What is causing it?

It is believed that a number of factors combined have created this crisis. Three of the main ones are:

  • The agrichemical industry killing ecosystems with intensive agriculture.
  • Climate change (changing drought and weather conditions).
  • Long lasting pesticides that kill the soil.

Why would it be so catastrophic if all insect species die off?

  • If insects die, then all the birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish that eat insects will die also.
  • Many plant species that rely on insects for pollination are likely to die.
  • Other species, including humans, depend on the plants and animals that need insects. There is a knockout Armageddon effect which will occur from the bottom up.
According to an article, called Pollination, “It is estimated that 65% of all flowering plants and some seed plants (e.g. cycads and pines) require insects for pollination. This percentage is even greater for economically important crops that provide fruits, vegetables, textile-related fibers, and medicinal products.”

According to the article in The Smithsonian Could Disappearing Wild Insects Trigger a Global Crop Crisis?Of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the global population’s food, nearly three-quarters rely on pollination by bees. The rest need beetles, flies, butterflies, birds, and bats to act as pollinators.”

Without healthy ecosystems, there is no clean air and water.

In a nutshell, humans are changing the world for the worst.

It is too late to save the earth we grew up on, for our children.

We need to find a way to survive and live on this wild, unpredictable mess we have created.


References

The report “Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers” in the Journal of Biological Conservation, published 2019.

A 2017 study in Germany noted a 75 percent decline in flying insects over three decades.

According to The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, at least 25% of all mammals that are alive today are threatened with extinction.

According to a 2017 report in Science Advances, sixty percent of all primate species are threatened with extinction.

The Australian Guardian report on mass extinction of insects, February 2019.

Flying insect numbers in Germany’s natural reserves have plunged 75% in just 25 years.

A report showed that when Scientist Brad Lister returned to a Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years, he found 98% of ground insects had vanished with catastrophic results for the forest.

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with severe implications for all life on Earth, according to a report by scientists.