Note — Feb 17, 2019

Plummeting Insect Numbers ‘Threaten Collapse of Nature’

😰🦟 Some serious abyss gazing going on when you think through the implications and consider what the odds are that our governments will take the required actions. (Nevermind the fact that, like many climate changes measures, they might actually be understating reality.)

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century. […]

“When you consider 80% of biomass of insects has disappeared in 25-30 years, it is a big concern.”