The survival of humankind is reportedly threatened by the collapsing number of insects which could lead to a catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems.
The very first global scientific meta-analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation, looked at 73 studies conducted around the world. And the results were disturbing.
According to the studies it looks like more than 40% of insect species are declining, and the rate of extinction is about eight times faster compared to the one that’s affecting reptiles, mammals, and birds.
If we take into consideration the current trends, insects seem to be extinct in a maximum of 100 years.
“The [insect] trends confirm that the sixth major extinction event is profoundly impacting [on] life forms on our planet,” according to the authors of the study.
Loss of insects would be devastating
“The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic, to say the least.”
Insects make up two-thirds of all life on our planet by number. They pollinate plants, enrich the soils and provide food for larger animals in the food chain.
Their loss would mean something devastating to both the environment and agriculture.
“If insect species losses cannot be halted, this will have catastrophic consequences for both the planet’s ecosystems and for the survival of mankind,” said review author Francisco Sánchez-Bayo told The Guardian.
Insects to be gone in a century?
“It is very rapid. In 10 years you will have a quarter less, in 50 years only half left and in 100 years you will have none.”
The main cause for which this might happen has been pointed out to be the agricultural intensification and the use of herbicide and insecticides which are obviously bad for insects but also for trees and shrubs that generally surround the fields.
The main conclusion is that industrial scale, intensive agriculture is the main killer of our ecosystems.
According to Newshub, New Zealand scientists say that bugs basically run our planet and they’re looking after everything we value.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.