Scientists Warn About The Global Decline Of Insects

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As unfortunate as it may sound, humanity is still pushing many ecosystems beyond recovery, leading to a global decline (and in some cases, extinction) in the natural wildlife that all live in that space, such as insects.

This was recently made evident by two new scientific papers made by 30 experts from all around the world, all of which echo the same sentiment: Unquantified and unquantifiable insect extinctions are happening every day, and it’s happening because of us. As such, the experts also discussed the many changes that we can make in order to stop this from further happening, if only for our own sake in the future.

"It is surprising how little we know about biodiversity at a global level, when only about 10 to 20 percent of insect and other invertebrate species have been described and named. And of those with a name, we know little more than a brief morphological description, maybe a part of the genetic code and a single site where it was seen some time ago," Pedro Cardoso, from the Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus, University of Helsinki, Finland, said.

Per Cardoso, these ecosystems include pollination since a lot of crops actually depend on insects to survive. There’s also decomposition and nutrient cycling, all of which humans have no replacement for, given the scenario that the insects responsible for doing them start dying out.

Mitigating A Possible Insect Apocalypse

As such, the researchers also suggested some possible solutions to help stop the global insect decline. These include doing something about climate change, changing agricultural practices to benefit co-existence and setting aside portions of land for conservation. However, one of the most important steps is to still make a globally coordinated effort in order to achieve large scale success. There is, after all, strength in numbers, and uniting globally for a common cause is one of the best solutions there is.

"While small groups of people can impact insect conservation locally, collective consciousness and a globally coordinated effort for species inventorying, monitoring and conservation is required for large-scale recovery," Michael Samways, distinguished professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, said.

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