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‘Nature is under siege’: Scientists sound alarm about insect apocalypse



A new collection of scientific papers, compiled by 56 experts from around the world, underscores growing concerns about the deficiencies decline and calls on citizens and governments to take urgent action to address the diversity crisis. Biological called “Disclosure of insects”

“The global decline of insects in the special feature of Anthropocene “which includes an introduction and 11 document, Published Monday Actions of the National Academy of Sciences Along with related news articles. “Nature is under siege,”

; scientists warn. “Insects are suffering from ‘Die by cutting a thousand times.’

A series of studies emerging from the St. Louis symposium comes as research on insect declines has increased in recent years, leading to a critical assessment published in February 2019 and April 2020, including plans published in January by 73 scientists describe in detail how to combat “bugpocalypse”

As the new package and graphically explained below, the human pressures that experts associate with reducing errors include agricultural practices. Chemical, light and sound pollution Spread the species; Land use change Nitrification; Pesticides; And urban expansion

Died with a thousand wounds

University of Connecticut entomologist David Wagner highlighted the consequences of the decline. Associated Press Insects are “the textiles of nature and the tree of life.”

According to Wagner, large insect populations are declining by 1-2% per year, as he puts it. The Guardian: “You lost 10-20% of animals in a single decade, and that’s absolutely terrifying. You’re tearing living things apart.”

While most of the causes of the decline are known. “One thing is not well known and that is climate change which is the cause of my greatest fear,” he said, warning that the crisis could cause. “Extinction at a rate we’ve never encountered. Have seen this before “

Says Roel van Klink of the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research. The Guardian “The most important thing we learn [from these new studies] Is the complexity behind the insect decline. There isn’t a single quick fix that will resolve this issue. “

“There are places where large numbers of insects are greatly reduced. But not everywhere, ”he said.“ This is a reason for hope, because it can help us understand what we can do to help them.

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