Insects Are Dying Off at an Alarming Rate

Urban cockroaches might do well amid a collapse of insect populations globally

Even with this shocking rate of insect losses, they are, by far, the most abundant and varied of animals - outweighing the Earth's human population by 17 times over.

The majority of creatures that live on land are insects and they perform a number of roles which benefit other species, including humans.

The main driver behind the decline, they found, was habitat loss due to intensive agriculture and urbanisation.

A leading Norfolk farming conservationist said farmers were already at the forefront of finding ways to reverse the decline of insects and wildlife - but all parts of society needed to work together to find solutions rather than "naming and shaming" individual sectors.

"Because insects constitute the world's most abundant and (species-diverse) animal group and provide critical services within ecosystems, such events can not be ignored and should prompt decisive action to avert a catastrophic collapse of nature's ecosystems", they wrote. The scientists reviewed 73 studies from around the world published over the last 13 years to reach their conclusions.

The world's insect population could be entirely erased by the end of the century, according to new research, but which species are most threatened? With many species of birds, reptiles and fish depending on insects as their main food source, it's likely that these species may also be wiped out as a result.

"We estimate the current proportion of insect species in decline - 41 per cent - to be twice as high as that of vertebrates", or animals with a backbone, Francisco Sanchez-Bayo of the University of Sydney and Kris Wyckhuys of the University of Queensland in Australia reported. He said: 'It is very rapid.

Cardi B Deletes Instagram After Defending Grammy Win
She also won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media for her hit song Shallow from A Star Is Born . On February 10, Cardi B . made history as the first solo female to take home the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album .

Rich The Kid Robbed Again In Los Angeles By Ruthless Gunmen
Police have no suspects and are still investigation what transpired outside of the swank studio in West Hollywood. Rich the Kid was reportedly outside of the studio when the incident happened, while Usher was inside.

5 talking points ahead of this week's Champions League action
The Etihad Stadium scoreboard tells the story after Manchester City whipped Chelsea in their Sunday night game of the week. We need to improve the team performance compared to yesterday and we need the stadium to help us.

Indeed, "ecosystem services provided by wild insects have been estimated at $57 billion annually in the U.S.", according to an earlier study.

'Second is the increasing use of fertilisers and pesticides in agriculture worldwide and contamination with chemical pollutants of all kinds.

"It is becoming increasingly obvious our planet's ecology is breaking and there is a need for an intense and global effort to halt and reverse these awful trends".

The authors are concerned about the impact of insect decline up along the food chain.

Britain has seen a measurable decline across 60 per cent of its large insect groups, or taxa, followed by North America (51 per cent) and Europe as a whole (44 per cent).

The report highlights the ongoing loss of biodiversity as environmental degradation, pollution, over hunting, habitat loss and climate change deplete animal populations to worrying levels.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Netanyahu confirms Israel behind artillery attack in Syria
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at Lazienki Palace in Warsaw, Poland February 12, 2019. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, among other Western European foreign ministers, has pulled out of the event.

Woman turns herself in after chair-throwing video goes viral
A viral video shot from the apartment balcony shows Zoia throwing one of the chairs, which plummets to the street below. 'It's the best for everyone This being a case where no one was injured, we didn't have any public safety concerns.

More rate cuts could be in store as core inflation eases
Clothing and footwear prices had a small downward pull on inflation with prices falling by 1.3 per cent for the year to January. The food price inflation rate in November had declined to 2.65%. - As petrol and Ofgem cap weigh on main consumer price index .

Fans react to disallowed Ajax goal
One point seemed deserved, but Real substitute Marco Asensio came out in the 87th minute with a fine stretch at the second post. But just before the hour mark Benzema made the breakthrough with his 60th Champions League goal on his 450th Real appearance.

Watch today's Nintendo Direct reveal more about Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Make sure to bookmark the video and keep it locked on Shacknews for additional details regarding everything Nintendo announces. We were previously given a vague date of "Spring 2019", which is actually quite soon - so a concrete day would be appreciated.

NASA's Mars Opportunity rover declared dead
The nostalgia extended across the generations of scientists who have handled the plucky little adventurer. "Rest well, rover. With Spirit and Opportunity now out of action, NASA is left with five spacecraft on or around Mars.

Hungry Polar Bears Invaded a Russian Town
But it is a terrifying sight for residents of an island town in Russian Federation because the bears have invaded their town. The head of the local administration Zhigansha Musin said that the numbers of polar bears were unprecedented.

US Charges Former Air Force Intel Officer With Spying for Iran
The indictment includes snippets of dialogue between Witt and the person who recruited her her, identified only as Individual 1. Mesri, Masampour and Parvar also face sanctions for their involvement with Net Peygard, according to the U.S.

Queen urges Meghan and Harry to deal with escalating family drama
Harry's mother Diana died in 1997 in a auto crash in Paris caused when her driver was speeding to avoid photographers. He added, " We've seen how that ends ", alluding to the auto accident that claimed the life of the princess in 1997.

F1 2019 | Red Bull livery, RB15, Max Verstappen Silverstone testing
Red Bull parted company with engine partners Renault at the end of 2018, switching instead to Honda, which also provides power units for sister team Toro Rosso.

Man Arrested After Young Woman’s Body Found Stuffed Inside Suitcase in CT
On Tuesday, DeSilva appeared before a federal magistrate in White Plains who ordered him held without bail , ABC News reports. Reyes, a 2012 graduate of New Rochelle High School, worked at Barnes & Noble in Eastchester. "I asked about her ex-boyfriend".

United Kingdom prepares to flex military muscle after Brexit
The vessel would carry two squadrons of British and US F-35 jets as well, he will say. Britain and its allies must be prepared "to use hard power to support our interests".

Mickelson leads by three as Pebble Beach heads to Monday finish
Both Mickelson and Casey will be playing in this week's Genesis Open , alongside the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. He also won the Pro-Am with Don Colleran, the chief sales officer for FedEx. "Let's play 17 and see how it goes".

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Visits Norway to Address Service Capacity Issues
The Tesla Model S and other cars from Tesla will benefit from the Dog Mode, another feature that will be introduced soon. Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to reveal that the Dog Mode and the Sentry Mode will be rolled out this week.

Samsung Galaxy S10 leaked specs reveal a big upgrade over Galaxy S9
Across the board, all three models will be powered by an Exynos 9820 processor and it comes with at least 6GB of RAM. The device will come with a fingerprint sensor placed on the side of the frame and a dual-camera system on the back.

Other news